Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Interventional cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD, answers this one about extra heartbeats.
The feeling of having butterflies in your chest has a medical name: atrial fibrillation, or a-fib for short. A cardiologist talks about this common condition, its complications and when to seek treatment.
While most serious issues related to heart rhythm disturbances occur in the heart’s upper chambers, or atria, sometimes they do occur in the lower chambers, the ventricles, which are the main pumping chambers. This can cause a very rapid heartbeat called ventricular tachycardia. It’s usually caused by scarring from a heart attack or other issues … Read More
Your heart’s electrical system is the power source that keeps your heart beating regularly. When something goes wrong with the heart’s “wiring,” you can develop an arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. In this white board session, Walid Saliba, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab, explains how a procedure called a catheter … Read More
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Nearly 100 percent of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, that occur take place in the atria, or the upper chambers of the heart. The most common ones that we hear about are atrial fibrillation and its cousin, atrial flutter. When this occurs, the heart’s electrical system misfires, causing the rapid firing of too many different impulses … Read More
During our lives, we have a one in three chance of developing a heart rhythm abnormality. In cardiology, the field of electrophysiology focuses on heart rhythm disturbances—or heart arrhythmias as they are called. While the heart muscle may not be damaged, a heart arrhythmia can cause serious functional problems. With a normal range of 60 … Read More
Are you short of breath? Here’s why it could be a heart issue? Our experts explain.
What is an EKG actually? Our expert explains in this whiteboard video.
Our experts debunk some common myths about A-fib, the most common arrhythmia in the U.S.
Atrial fibrillation (AF or aFib), a condition that affects your heart rhythm, does not get the same attention as other common health problems—but it should, says A. Marc Gillinov, MD, Surgical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Atrial Fibrillation and author of the book Heart 411. “Atrial fibrillation does not have the same drama of a … Read More