While extra heartbeats aren’t uncommon, sometimes they are long and sustained and signal a potentially serious issue. This can be caused by scarring from past heart attacks and other issues.
Almost everyone gets a feeling of extra heartbeats from time to time. While certain types of irregular heartbeats can be very serious and indicative of a serious health issue, sometimes there’s no reason for worry.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. This often life-saving device sends energy to the heart muscle when a very fast, abnormal rhythm is detected.
When all circuits are firing properly, your heart’s electrical system spreads electrical impulses seamlessly through the heart. However, sometimes an abnormality occurs that creates a block in the system. Learn how and why heart block occurs.
Your heart has its own electrical system, and like any electrical system, sometimes issues occur with the “wiring.” When this happens — usually due to a condition someone is born with — the result is an abnormally rapid heartbeat.
Patients with a heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, can often benefit from a minimally invasive treatment called an ablation—which is a high-tech way to correct an issue with your heart’s electrical system.
Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm. Our heart is powered by a complex electrical system, and sometimes it misfires – which causes a fast, chaotic rhythm that can be alarming. Learn more.
People who experience a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm sometimes can see their beats per minute rise from a normal of 70 to up to 250. This occurs when there are issues with the “bridge” that connects the heart’s “circuits.”
Your heart has its own “electrical system,” which powers the beating of your heart. The heart’s natural pacemaker regulates your heart’s rhythm, unless something irregular — called an arrhythmia — occurs.
Each day we take for granted that our hearts will continue efficiently beating oxygen-rich blood to our organs. But a slow or rapid heartbeat—called bradycardia and tachycardia—can cause serious functional problems.