Heart arrhythmias are disruptions in a regular heart rhythm, which can include slow, irregular or fast heart beats. They occur when the electrical impulses to the heart stray from their normal sequence and can range from being harmless to life-threatening.
Heart arrhythmia care in Nashville, Tennessee
Our electrophysiologists are here to help you overcome an irregular heartbeat.
Heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) can be concerning and may be a sign of heart disease. TriStar Medical Group physicians prioritize your heart health with personalized treatment plans.
Learn more about our related specialties.
When to be worried about irregular heartbeat
Usually, your heart contracts between 60 and 100 times per minute. However, if your heart begins to beat irregularly for extended periods, you should seek immediate medical attention, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or have suffered a heart attack. Concerning accompanying symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in your leg
Heart arrhythmia services
Depending on your particular arrhythmia diagnosis, you can be treated in a variety of ways, from device implantation to surgery. Our electrophysiology specialists can utilize a variety of different treatment options to get you feeling back to normal.
Heart arrhythmia services
Depending on the cause of your arrhythmia, we'll help determine the right treatment for you. Lifestyle changes and medications can often help correct your heart rhythm, but your case may require more involved care. For instance, some arrhythmias may require the use of a cardiac device like a pacemaker to constantly monitor and treat irregular heart rhythms. Some of our treatment options include:
- Ablation — minimally invasive procedure that disables the area conducting abnormal electrical impulses
- Cardiac devices — devices including pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that are programmed to constantly monitor your heart rhythm and provide a small shock to restore a normal rhythm if you experience an arrhythmia
- Cardioversion — an electrical shock that restores the heart rhythm, usually employed in case of an emergency
- Surgery — surgical procedures that treat the area of the heart causing the arrhythmia
Atrial fibrillation treatment
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of arrhythmia that occurs in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. With AFib, your heart muscle quivers and spasms instead of pumping regularly. Symptoms usually include heart palpitations, discomfort and dizziness.
AFib causes reduced blood flow and dramatically increases your risks for blood clots, stroke or even death. This is because AFib can cause blood to pull in the atria when it is not properly pumped out, which can form blood clots. These clots travel through the body and can block blood flow to the brain (stroke).
If you have AFib, our cardiac care specialists can partner with you to reduce your stroke risk and keep your heart rhythm normal.