Rhythm Disorders

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Alcohol May Cause You to Develop Irregular Heartbeat

Tags: alcoholic beverages, atrial fibrillation, Dr. Wilkoff, heart and vascular institute, risk factors

Even in moderation, alcohol may be hard on your heart. A new study finds that having as little as one to three alcoholic drinks per day may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). Here's why.


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Unique Pacemaker Therapy Benefits Women Heart Patients

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, pacemaker

Heart disease develops differently in women and men. Women respond better to cardiac resynchronization therapy, but many women aren't treated.


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The Air You Breathe Can Hurt Your Heart

Tags: afib, air pollution, atrial fibrillation, blood clots, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

New studies show links between small particulate matter in air pollution and atrial fibrillation and blood clots in the lungs. Learn more.


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Your Mind Is Your Ally in the Fight Against Afib

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, yoga

The pounding and fluttering sensation in your chest caused by atrial fibrillation can be overwhelming, but you can help control symptoms by using yoga and other mind-over-body techniques.


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Study: Implantable Defibrillator Can Save Your Life

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, ICD, implantable heart devices

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) prevent sudden death when damaged hearts develop dangerous arrhythmias. They improve survival even if your heart has little damage, a new study confirms.


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Control Your Weight for a Healthy Heartbeat

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, weight loss

Atrial fibrillation is alarming, and experts say it's more dangerous than previously thought, but you can help control afib by watching what you eat.


High-Tech Procedure Restores Normal Heart Rhythms

High-Tech Procedure Helps Restore Your Normal Heart Rhythms (Video)

Tags: ablation, afib, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

A minimally invasive procedure called pulmonary vein ablation uses targeted energy to correct atrial fibrillation, which is a very fast, chaotic irregular heart rhythm. Here’s how the procedure works.


Ventricular Tachycardia

Disturbances In Your Heart: Ventricular Tachycardia (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, heart and vascular institute, heart video, ventricular tachycardia, video, whiteboard sessions

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.


Pacemaker helping the heart keep pace

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart rate, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, heartbeat, pacemaker, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

Sometimes a dangerously slow heartbeat occurs because the natural “battery” of the heart isn’t working as it should, or there’s another issue with the heart’s electrical system. Here’s how a pacemaker can help.


When not to worry

When Not to Worry About Your Irregular Heart Rhythms (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

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.