There are many worrying symptoms that can indicate heart rhythm abnormalities. From palpitations to dizzy spells and shortness of breath to blacking out, you may find a heart problem is the cause of these symptoms. Here we’re looking at hearth rhythm abnormalities in more depth and where you can seek treatment.
Defining Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
Abnormal heart rhythms are medically described as arrythmia. There are different types of arrythmia and the NHS report more than 2 million people in the UK experience arrhythmias each year. With the right diagnosis and treatment, most conditions can be managed. It is also possible to minimise the impact of arrythmias on everyday life.
The most common arrhythmias include:
- Atrial fibrillation (AF) – where the heart beats irregularly and faster than normal
- Supraventricular tachycardia – an episode of abnormally fast heart rate at rest
- Bradycardia – when the heart beats more slowly than normal
- Heart block – when the heart beat slows and can result in collapse
- Ventricular fibrillation – a rare, rapid and disorganised rhythm that leads to loss of consciousness and sudden death if not treated immediately
With appropriate testing most patients will find there is a reason for their arrhythmia. For many patients there will be a related diagnosis and necessary treatment plan to manage the symptoms going forward.
Help and Treatment for Arrythmia
Dr David Begley is a Consultant Cardiologist in the UK who specialises in cardiac rhythm management. This is the investigation and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities or arrhythmias. He will aim to answer all your concerns about abnormalities and find suitable treatment.
If you have experienced symptoms such as blackouts, dizziness, palpitations or feeling short of breath it is advisable to seek help from a medical professional. You may be able to get a quick referral to a cardiologist such as Dr Begley.
Dr Begley provides a range of treatments for arrhythmia. Options will depend on individual symptoms and experiences. However, they may include medical management, catheter ablatio or the use of a cardiovascular implant such as a cardioverter defibrillator or pacemaker.
Appointments with Dr David Begley
Dr Begley runs regular clinics to support patients with heart rhythm and cardiac problems. To make an appointment you can contact Dr Begley’s personal assistant directly and choose a slot to suit your schedule. Dr Begley works at both the Royal Papworth Hospital and Nuffield Cambridge Hospital, ensuring patients across Cambridgeshire can book suitable appointment time.