Information & Advice For Arrhythmia Patients
What is an arrhythmia?
Cardiac arrhythmia is the medical term for an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm.
There are basically two main things that may not work properly in the heart: the plumbing and the electrical.
Many of us are aware of plumbing problems (arteries), but we remain largely unaware of the electrical failures that cause an arrhythmia.
Arrhythmias can occur in the upper chambers (auricles), or in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). Some types of arrhythmias are barely noticeable, while others can be more dramatic even leading to sudden cardiac death. In any age group.
There are two basic types of arrhythmia, with variations of each:
Bradycardia - a heart rate that is very slow, usually less than 60 beats per minute.
Tachycardia - a heart rate that is very fast, usually more than 100 beats per minute.