Most people don't think much about it. A skipped heartbeat, called a heart palpitations or a too fast heartbeat which is normal. Left untreated heart palpitations or heart arrhythmias can become dangerous. A heart beating too fast is called a tachycardia. A heart beating too slow is a bradycardia. Having strong emotions or a great deal of stress can bring on arrhythmia. If you have arrhythmias causing symptoms, or becoming more regular they should be checked by a doctor.
Your heart has 4 chambers; the walls push the blood through causing contractions, controlled by the nerve impulses. The rate of this contraction may cause arrhythmias. If you begin having symptoms from having arrhythmias then a doctor should be consulted. Some of the symptoms are:
Â· Heart palpitations,
Â· Heart Flutters
Â· Over tired
Â· Light headed
Â· Passing out,
Â· Shortness of breath, or chest pain.
Most arrhythmias are not dangerous, but they can become dangerous to some people. It is important to have them checked by a physician if you are having any symptoms. They can become more serious to people with other heart problems, so they shouldn't be ignored.
If you are having continued symptoms of an arrhythmia, the doctor will ask you to have an electrocardiogram also known as an ECG or EKG. The way they do these tests is either done lying down or in an activity like walking a treadmill. There are others ways also that monitor your heart for 24 hours.
There are different types of arrhythmias depending on what kind of symptoms you are experiencing. An irregular heartbeat caused by the heart beating to fast is an atrial fibriation, and can put you at risk for a stroke. Episodes of beating fast, but also having regular heartbeat to be called a Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, usually not dangerous, just annoying. If the heart has an extra beat it is called an ectopic beat, it's usually not treated unless you have several extra beats or other heart problems too. A heart that pumps too fast or not enough blood is a Ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and may require immediate treatment when becoming dangerous.
Treating arrhythmia is different depending on what kind of arrhythmia you have. Mild arrhythmia requires no treatment, some with medications, and others are connected with an ongoing heart problem require more serious treatments. To control the beat of the heart is an artificial heart pacemaker. Electric shock used to restore a normal heartbeat is called cardiac defibriation. The most serious cases caused by heart disease are treated with a heart bypass surgery.