How Are Arrhythmias Diagnosed?
There are several diagnostic tests that physicians may use to determine the exact cause of an arrhythmia. Non-invasive testing may include EKGs, Holter monitors, event recorders, treadmill testing, echocardiogram, and tilt table testing. Also, physicians at NHI can help “map out” the heart’s electrical system and identify where the abnormal electrical signal is coming from. This is done in the electrophysiology laboratory, using x-rays and catheters placed in the heart.
How Are Arrhythmias Treated?
Treatment options vary on the type of arrhythmia and symptoms. Some arrhythmias do not require treatment. Other treatments can include medications, cardiac ablation, or implanted devices. Your physician can help you decide which type of treatment would be best for you.
What Are the Treatments for Arrhythmia?
Electrical Cardioversion: an electrical shock is delivered to the heart to stop the fast heart rhythm.
Pacemakers: small electronic devices implanted in the upper chest for slow heart rhythms—those rhythms that occur when the natural pacemaker of the heart or the wires of the heart carry the electrical impulses too slowly.