The cardiologists at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute use the latest techniques and technology to diagnose and treat heart rhythm disorders called cardiac arrhythmias.
Our experts use leading-edge technology and techniques to diagnose and treat hundreds of cases of cardiac arrhythmias each year. We offer a full range of tests and treatments for cardiac arrhythmias, including:
Cardiac arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms, are caused by changes in the electrical impulses that originate in and are transmitted through your heart. These abnormal rhythms can cause your heart to beat irregularly, too quickly (called tachycardia), or too slowly (called bradycardia).
Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia and affects nearly 5 million Americans and nearly 10 percent of Americans over the age of 75. Other cardiac arrhythmias include:
Some arrhythmias can be harmless, but others can be very serious — and even deadly. Arrhythmias also increase your risk of developing heart failure (when your heart cannot pump enough blood for your body) and blood clots that can lead to a stroke.
In a majority of patients, cardiac arrhythmias cause noticeable symptoms. However, some people with cardiac arrhythmias may not have pronounced symptoms. Symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia may include:
Cardiac arrhythmias can occur in people who have an otherwise normal heart, but they also can occur along with other heart conditions, such as congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease. Untreated high blood pressure (hypertension), sleep apnea, and thyroid disorders also increase your risk.
Certain over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, as well as excessive alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and illegal drugs also can lead to the development of cardiac arrhythmias.
Preventing heart disease and chronic conditions can reduce the risk that you will develop a cardiac arrhythmia. Exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains also can help lower your risk. You also should control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, avoid smoking, and limit alcoholic beverages.
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