Abnormal Heart Rhythm and Palpitations
Arrhythmia refers to any change from the normal sequence of electrical impulses of the heart. This can either be impulses that happen too fast, too slowly, or erratically – causing the heart to beat too fast, too slowly, or erratically. When arrhythmias last long enough to affect the normal functions of the heart, more serious symptoms may develop, such as fatigue or weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness, fainting or near-fainting spells, rapid heartbeat or pounding in the chest, shortness of breath and anxiety, chest pain or pressure. In extreme cases, collapse and sudden cardiac arrest can occur.
Your doctor may ask about various symptoms and your medical history when he is evaluating your palpitation complaint. Investigations that may be done include ECG, Treadmill stress testing, Ambulatory ECG monitoring (Holter), echocardiogram (heart scan). Depending on what abnormal heart rhythm is diagnosed, treatment options will vary. Example is blood thinner to reduce stroke risk for patient with atrial fibrillation (AF).
Consult Dr Ang to discuss an appropriate treatment plan for your heart condition.