Abnormal Heartbeats: Everything You Need To Know

If you have recently been diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat, then you may be feeling anxious and concerned. You may be wondering how having an irregular heartbeat will change your lifestyle. Or what treatments are available to you. Of course, the best person to answer these questions is your doctor.

However, to help you get to grips with what it means to have an abnormal heartbeat and how you can live with it, we have put together a guide below:

What is an abnormal heartbeat?

An irregular heartbeat - sometimes called an arrhythmia -  means that you heart is beating too fast, too slow or has an irregular pattern. This isn’t always a problem and can sometimes need no medical treatment. However, in more severe cases treatment may be needed.

Your heart works by using its natural electrical system to beat and push blood into the arteries and veins around the body. If the heart's electrical system doesn’t work in the correct way, then you may develop an abnormal heartbeat.

Are there different types of abnormal heartbeat?

There are many different types of abnormal heartbeats. The type that affects you will depend on where in your heart there is a problem with the rhythm.

While some abnormal heartbeats can be dangerous, most are fairly harmless. However, if you are unsure, make sure to make an appointment to see your doctor. If your doctor is concerned, they will then refer you to a hospital or specialist for further tests.

What treatments are available?

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There are many different treatments available for abnormal heartbeats. From corrective tablets to heart operations, doctors have many options for treating abnormal heartbeats. If you want to know more about your treatment options, make an appointment to speak to your doctor or cardiologist about it.

Depending on the type of abnormal heartbeat that you suffer from, your doctor may suggest doing further tests. Such as an ECG to examine your condition in more detail before deciding on a treatment.

Depending on what your doctor finds, he may then prescribe some medication that can help to prevent or control your heart, so that it doesn’t beat in an abnormal pattern. Or, for more severe problems, your doctor may suggest a surgical procedure. Such as, having a pacemaker fitted, a cardioversion or a FIRMap diagnostic catheter. However, it is important to remember that not all abnormal heartbeats need treatment. Some will improve on their own and others are harmless.

Can I still live a normal life?

Unless your doctor has told you to avoid any activities, such as cardiovascular exercise, and then you should be able to live a normal lifestyle.

However, like with any heart problem, it is important that you take extra care of your heart’s health. It is important to eat healthily, avoid foods high in fat, keep a check on your cholesterol levels, and exercise on a regular basis.

As part of your medical care, your doctor may invite you to annual heart screening sessions. This is to ensure that you heart remains healthy and does not require any further treatment.

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