Disorders of heart rhythm

20 Sep

Millions of people experience irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias, at some point in their lives. Most of the time, they are harmless and happen in healthy people free of heart disease. However, some abnormal heart rhythms can be serious or even deadly. Having other types of heart disease can also increase the risk of arrhythmias.

You may not know if you have a heart rhythm problem. Many heart rhythm problems can be minor and harmless. People with healthy hearts have heart rhythm disturbances from time to time.

Be alert to symptoms that may be caused by heart rhythm problems including:

These symptoms may happen because your heart is beating irregularly or too fast or too slow.

You can measure your heart rate by taking your pulse. Below are some of the tests used to diagnose the different types of abnormal heart rhythms.

Your treatment plan may include medicine, surgery, and an implantable device depending on the type of heart rhythm problem and your symptoms.

You may be able to minimise heart rhythm problems by:

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Dr. Adil Sadiq
Dr. Adil Sadiq has the distinction of probably being the only Cardiac surgeon in South India who is trained in Robotic Cardiac surgery. He is one of the very few surgeons in the country, who has extensive experience in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, including endoscopic approaches and is one of the very few surgeons performing Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) in this part of the country.

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