Arrhythmias

Several factors can influence the heart's rhythm. It is important to monitor your heartbeat and consult a doctor if you feel a persistent irregular heartbeat. Your consultant can help diagnose the type of arrhythmia and determine an appropriate arrhythmia treatment to control or eliminate fast, slow or irregular heartbeats.

An arrhythmia is characterized by abnormal heart rhythms caused by disruptions within the electrical signals in the heart which control the heart’s pumping action. The heart beats too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or irregularly (atrial fibrillation).

Causes for Arrhythmias:

Some of the certain factors that contribute to causing abnormal heart rhythms and heartbeat irregularities include:

  • Cardiovascular disorders, including valve disorder, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathy
  • High blood pressure
  • Imbalance of electrolytes such as sodium or potassium in the blood
  • Damage caused by a heart attack
  • Heart surgery or other medical conditions

Signs and Symptoms of an Arrhythmia:

In some cases, patients with an arrhythmia experience no symptoms. However, in other cases, the following manifestations remain the most common symptoms:

  • Palpitations, including skipped heartbeats, fluttering or heart aces
  • Chest pounding or discomfort
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Shortness of breath and
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Sweating

The persistence of these symptoms calls for appropriate medical help, for proper diagnosis and treatment in order to prevent any significant damage to the heart or brain and life-threatening complications.

Diagnosis and Treatments for Arrhythmias:

During your initial consultation with the heart-care Consultant, a doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during your physical examination by taking your pulse, listening to your heart, or performing diagnostic tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). Once a diagnosis is established and arrhythmia is diagnosed, your consultant will determine a course of action to correct an irregular heartbeat in collaboration with you, based on your overall health and other factors. If the condition is left untreated, it may affect the functioning of the heart as well as damage the brain or other organs. 

While arrhythmias may require both short-term and long-term treatments, your doctor will discuss with you a range of potential treatment options, such as:

  • Oral medications
  • Surgery to repair nerves that are causing abnormal heart rhythms
  • Cardiac ablation to treat atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation to cure Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) by cauterizing the unnecessary connections in the heart.
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy or CRT to improve the pumping efficiency of the heart
  • Pacemaker or defibrillator to regulate the heartbeat

Choose Us:

American Hospital Dubai’s Cardiology is a specialist heart-care facility in Dubai, dedicated to the treatment of a wide spectrum of cardiovascular issues and heart diseases, including heart rhythm disorder. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology governed by the expertise and experience of a team of cardiologists specializing in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring patients suffering from heart issues. Some of the heart rhythm conditions investigated and treated at our facility are:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Strong or skipped heartbeats
  • Rapid or slow palpitations
  • Fainting or dizzy spells
  • Atrial fibrillation (AF)
  • Atrial flutter (AFL)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome

The cardiology team determines the best treatment approach that may include medications and surgery options to correct abnormal heart rhythms and repair nerves overstimulating the heart and makes sure that their condition is continuously monitored for the optimal cardiac care experience.

Book an Appointment:

If you are concerned about symptoms such as palpitations and shortness of breath, or have already been diagnosed with an arrhythmia and look for appropriate arrhythmia treatment options in Dubai, our Consultant Cardiologists are here to help. To book an appointment, provide your details via the online booking form, enabling us to schedule your appointment with the Cardiologist.

American Hospital Panel of Doctors

Eyad Hassan

Consultant Cardio-Vascular Surgeon

Arabic, English, German

Firas Raouf Alani

Consultant - Chief of Heart & Vascular Center

Arabic, English

Mustapha Shaaraoui

Consultant

Arabic, English, French

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