Arrhythmia is a medical condition which means to have a certain abnormality in heartbeat (a normal heartbeat is considered to be 50 to 100 beats per minute). Arrhythmia can happen within the range a normal heart rate as well as with a low heart rate which is known as bradyarrhythmia (under 50 beats per minute) and with a high heart rate which is called tachyarrhythmia (over 100 beats per minute). According to statistics, about 850 000 people in the United States of America alone suffer from arrhythmia, and some of them don’t even know it.
You may not always be able to know if you have arrhythmia or not because it is quite difficult to notice by an untrained eye; besides, its symptoms can be often attributed to something else. The common symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling faint or actual fainting, feeling light-headed, sweating, and an increased or decreased heartbeat.
The best bet to determine if you have arrhythmia is to go to the doctor for a check-up. If you often feel any of the symptoms mentioned above and suspect you might have arrhythmia, go to your doctor now. A lot of the time doctors are the ones who pick it up during your regular check-ups. In most cases, just one short and simple procedure, namely electrocardiography, is enough for the doctor to tell whether you have the condition.
A lot of people live with this medical condition and they do not seek treatment simply because it does not tangibly affect their lives, at least early on. However, arrhythmia is a serious problem that can lead to many health complications and even to death if left untreated. Treatments can include having a pacemaker attached to you if you have bradyarrhythmia, for example. This device is habitually attached to your collarbone and is able to send your heart electrical impulses to give it a boost if it starts beating slower than it should. To treat Tachyarrhythmia (high heartbeat) you can take medication which is designed to lower your heartbeat or any other types of treatment depending on what your doctor suggests.
You might want to go a step further (with your doctor's input) and try relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation to help you decrease stress and anxiety which in turn can help normalize your heartbeat. Surgery would be the final opinions if none of the other methods have worked out.
If you have arrhythmia, speak to your doctor today and find out what treatment options are available and which ones would be the best for you.