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Heart Arrhythmia Treatment Dayton, OH

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Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute offers diagnostic imaging, testing, and procedures for patients with various heart concerns, including arrhythmias. Our facilities are equipped with the latest technologies and materials, allowing our team of cardiologists to perform the necessary testing to help patients receive the diagnosis and treatment they need.


An arrhythmia occurs when there is a disruption or change in the heart’s normal electrical impulses. The changes in electrical impulses may cause the heart to beat faster, slower, or irregularly. When the heart is not beating properly, it is unable to pump blood effectively.

In some patients, arrhythmias cause no symptoms; whereas another patient may experience symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, or palpitations. Not all arrhythmias are life-threatening; however, it is critical that patients’ undergo the appropriate testing and evaluations to determine the next course of action.

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About Arrhythmias

What causes an arrhythmia? The cause of arrhythmia varies from patient to patient. Your physician will work with you to determine what triggers your arrhythmia.

Arrhythmias may be caused by:

  • High blood pressure
  • Valve disorders
  • Damage from a heart attack
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Overactive thyroid gland
  • Underactive thyroid gland
  • Certain types of medication
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Electrolyte imbalance

How are arrhythmias diagnosed? Your physician may perform a series of test to determine what type of arrhythmia you may have. Your doctor may also discuss factors like your lifestyle, diet, family history and medical record.

We board-certified physicians and electrophysiologists on hand at the Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute. We offer diagnostic testing and treatments for patients with various types of arrhythmias. Your physician may use one or more of the following test to determine if you have a heart rhythm disorder:

How are arrhythmias treated? At Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute, we offer advanced, state of the art diagnostic testing for various heart rhythm disorders. Our team of experienced physicians and compassionate staff work with each patient on an individualized basis to evaluate, diagnose, and treat their heart rhythm disorder.

The type of treatment you receive will depend on the type of arrhythmia you have and other factors. Your physician will determine the best type of treatment for you and discuss your aftercare, risk, and benefits.

Treatments for arrhythmia may include:

What are the types of arrhythmias? There are multiple types of arrhythmias:

  • Tachycardia: The heart beats too quickly
  • Bradycardia: The heart beats too slowly
  • Irregular Heartbeat or Extra Heartbeats: The heart flutters or fibrillates
  • Early Heartbeat: The heart beats prematurely
  • Ventricular: The heart arrhythmia is found in the lower chamber of the heart
  • Superventricular: The heart arrhythmia is found in the upper chamber of the heart

Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly. When faulty electrical impulses travel through the heart, it can cause the heart to quiver or flutter which affects the pumping ability of the heart. The disruption in blood flow can cause blood to pool and form clots. Patients with AFib have a higher risk of stroke and other heart complications.

What are the symptoms of AFib?  

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Chest Pain or Pressure
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Rapid and Irregular Heartbeat

What causes AFib? 

AFib can occur when the electrical impulses in the heart are disrupted. Various factors may increase a patient’s risk of developing AFib.

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Defects
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • Obstructive sleep Apna
  • Diabetes
  • Older Age

How is AFIB diagnosed?

Treating AFIB will require a diagnostic evaluation of the heart and a complete review of your medical history, lifestyle, and family history. Patients will need to undergo a series of test to determine if AFIB is present.

Tachycardia occurs when the heart beast too fast. On average, a heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute is considered faster than the normal heart rate. During tachycardia, the heart beats faster than normal in either the upper or lower chambers of the heart. Tachycardia occurs when the electrical impulses trigger a faster heart rate.

What are the symptoms of tachycardia?

In some cases, patients tachycardia experience no symptoms or complication. However, it is imperative that patients undergo diagnostic testing and evaluation to determine the severity of their specific case.

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Fast Pulse Rate
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Dizziness
  • Heart Palpitations

Types of Tachycardia

Tachycardia is categorized by the location and cause of irregular heartbeat.

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia

 

 

 

Bradycardia occurs when the heart is beating too slow. A normal adult heart may beat anywhere from 60- 100 beats per minute. Patients with bradycardia may experience less than 60 beats per minute.

Bradcydais is considered a dangerous condition because it affects the hearts’ ability to pump adequate amounts of oxygen-rich blood to the body.

Common Symptoms of Bradycardia

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Fainting

What causes bradycardia?

Bradycardia can be caused by:

  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Damaged tissue from heart disease or heart attack
  • Thyroid issues
  • Medication
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

 

Heart palpitations are categorized as feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding, fast beating, or fluttering. Palpitations can be triggered by factors like stress, medication, or an underlying medical condition. In most cases, palpations are harmless; however, patients should undergo the appropriate testing to rule out any serious health conditions. A doctor may perform an EKG, stress test, physical evaluation, Holter monitor, or event monitor to determine if palpitations are serious. If needed, treatment for palpitations will depend on the underlying cause.

If an underlying heart condition is ruled out, patients should determine what triggers their palpitations. If palpations are caused by stress, anxiety, aclchol or caffeine, it is imperative to find ways to eliminate the triggers and reduce palpitations.