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Have you ever felt your heart skip a beat? If you're not a character in a romance novel, that may mean you have an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Within the heart is a complex system of valves, nodes, and chambers that control how and[read article]

Tests for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a simple, painless test that measures your heart's electrical activity. Every heartbeat is triggered by a...  More
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A Holter monitor is a small of portable, battery-powered medical device that measures the heart's activity such as rate and rhythm). This testing is ordered wh...  More
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An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of your heart, allowing your doctor to monitor how your heart and its valves are functionin...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
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Tilt Table Test
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Electrodiagnosis
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A coronary angiography is a test to find out if you have a blockage in a coronary artery. Your doctor will be concerned that you are at risk of a heart attack if yo...  More
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Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure that cardiologists (heart specialists) use to evaluate heart function and diagnose cardiovascular conditions. During ...  More
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An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it is working the hardest. During the test, you will be asked to exercis...  More
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An intracardiac electrophysiology study is a minimally invasive procedure that helps cardiologists diagnose heart rhythm problems, which are also known as arrhythmi...  More
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Medical Procedures for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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Cardiac ablation is a procedure performed by a cardiologist , a doctor who specializes in heart problems. It involves threading catheters (long, flexible wires) thr...  More
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Cardioversion is a procedure that can correct an irregular heart rhythm. An irregular heartbeat is also known as an arrhythmia . An arrhythmia occurs when the elect...  More
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A pacemaker is a battery-powered device that sends signals to the heart to help it beat properly. Tune in to find out more about these life-saving devices.  More
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A pacemaker is an implanted device that helps the heart beat more regularly. Learn more about the different kinds of pacemakers and the heart problems they are used...  More
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Surgical Procedures for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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Implantation of Automatic Cardiac Defibrillator
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Maze Operation
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Prescribed Medications for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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AMIODARONE (a MEE oh da rone) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. Because of the side effects caused by this medicine, it is only us...  More
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DISOPYRAMIDE (dye soe PEER a mide) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. This medicine also helps to slow rapid heartbeats.  More
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MEXILETINE (mex IL e teen) is an antiarrhythmic agent. This medicine is used to treat irregular heart rhythm and can slow rapid heartbeats. It can help your heart t...  More
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SOTALOL (SOE ta lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat patients ...  More
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VERAPAMIL (ver AP a mil) is a calcium-channel blocker. It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells. This relaxes your blood vessels, which...  More
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ACEBUTOLOL (a se BYOO toe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat...  More
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ADENOSINE (a DEN uh seen) is used to bring your heart back into a normal rhythm. This medicine is not useful for all types of irregular heart beats. It may be used ...  More
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DIGOXIN (di JOX in) is used to treat congestive heart failure and heart rhythm problems.  More
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DILTIAZEM (dil TYE a zem) is a calcium-channel blocker. It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells. This relaxes your blood vessels, whic...  More
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DOFETILIDE (doe FET il ide) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. This medicine also helps to slow rapid heartbeats.  More
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FLECAINIDE (FLEK a nide) is an antiarrhythmic drug. This medicine is used to prevent irregular heart rhythm. It can also slow down fast heartbeats called tachycardi...  More
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IBUTILIDE is an antiarrhythmic agent. This medicine can help your heart beat regularly.  More
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LIDOCAINE (LYE doe kane) is an anesthetic. It causes loss of feeling in the skin or other tissues. It is used to prevent and to treat pain from some procedures.  More
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PROCAINAMIDE (proe kane A mide) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. This medicine also helps to slow rapid heartbeats.  More
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PROPAFENONE (proe pa FEEN one) is an antiarrhythmic agent. It is used to treat irregular heart rhythm and can slow rapid heartbeats. This medicine can help your hea...  More
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QUINIDINE (KWIN i deen) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. This medicine also helps to slow rapid heartbeats. It is also used to tr...  More
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Self Care for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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Lifestyle Modification
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Valsalva Maneuver
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Herbs and Supplements for Abnormal Heart Rhythms What's this?

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The main function of L-carnitine is to transfer long-chain fatty acids in the form of their acyl-carnitine esters across the inner mitochondrial membrane before bet...  More
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The main function of L-carnitine is to transfer long-chain fatty acids in the form of their acyl-carnitine esters across the inner mitochondrial membrane before bet...  More
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Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish oil and certain plant/nut oils. Fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA...  More
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The word Aconitum comes from the word akone, meaning rocky, which is the type of area where the aconite plant grows. Cured aconite preparations have a long history ...  More
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Alternative Procedures for Abnormal Heart Rhythms What's this?

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The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Th...  More
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