The heart has its own electrical system, and for a number of reasons this electrical system can “short circuit,” developing atrial fibrillation. In atrial fibrillation, the two upper chambers of the heart are not “in sync” with the two lower chambers. There several treatment options available, including medications, cardioversion, and ablation. Talk with your cardiologist to discuss common risks associated with atrial fibrillation and determine which treatment is best for you.
Symptoms associsted with heart rhythm problems include but are not limited to:
- Irregular heart beat
- Significant awareness of your heart beat
Diagnosing Heart Rhythm Problems
To diagnose a heart rhythm problem your doctor may order an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG is a painless test used to look at the electrical system of the heart. Your doctor may also order a holter monitor, a small recording device the size of a remote control that you wear home. With the holter monitor, your heart rhythm can be evaluated for a longer period of time. Lastly, your doctor may order a cardiac loop recorder which can record your heart rhythm for a period of years.