Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slowly, or with an irregular rhythm. When a heart beats too fast, the condition is called tachycardia. When a heart beats too slowly, the condition is called bradycardia.

Arrhythmia is caused by changes in heart tissue and activity or in the electrical signals that control your heartbeat. These changes can be caused by damage from disease, injury, or genetics. Often there are no symptoms, but some people feel an irregular heartbeat. You may feel faint or dizzy or have difficulty breathing.

Why Choose Cardiac Partners for Arrythmia Treatment

Cardiac Partners is the most comprehensive heart care center in southern New Jersey, providing world-class cardiac care — in your neighborhood. We have a team of electrophysiologists (cardiologists who specialize in heart rhythm disorders) who and are nationally and internationally renowned leaders in arrhythmia management. They:

  • Perform thousands of complex procedures each year,
  • Are skilled in pacemaker and cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implantation
  • Are among the nation’s leading experts in catheter ablation therapy, in which a small catheter directs energy to the source of the abnormal heart rhythm.

In addition, Cardiac Partners offers:

  • Women’s Heart program with the largest female cardiology group in South Jersey
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities
  • Individualized care designed to meet your needs

Diagnosis and Treatment

The most common test used to diagnose an arrhythmia is an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). Your doctor will run other tests as needed. She or he may recommend medicines, placement of a device that can correct an irregular heartbeat, or surgery to repair nerves that are overstimulating the heart. If arrhythmia is left untreated, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body. This can damage the heart, the brain, or other organs.

Make an Appointment With an Arrhythmia Management Expert

To make an appointment with a Cardiac Partners physician experienced in treating arrhythmias or to schedule diagnostic testing, call 833-SJHeart (833-754-3278).