Arrhythmias in Canberra

An arrhythmia is when the rhythm of the heart is disrupted by either skipped heartbeats or an increase in heartbeats. A fast heartbeat is called

tachyarrhythmia

, a slow heartbeat is called

bradyarrhythmia

. A common irregular heartbeat is called

atrial fibrillation

. Arrhythmias in Canberra are diagnosed by

cardiologists

using various tests which monitor the heart rate. These tests include an

electrocardiograph

(ECG), 24 hour ECG,

echocardiogram

or

electrophysiological

study (EP study). Once diagnosed a treatment plan is devised between cardiologist and patient. The treatment plan will depend on the severity and cause of the arrhythmia. Treatment may include medication, surgery or the insertion of a

pacemaker

to regulate the heart rate.

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