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Arrhythmia and AF Clinic

What is an Arrhythmia and AF ?

An arrhythmia is a disorder of the heartbeat that affects the rate or rhythm. An arrhythmia occurs when electrical impulses, which regulate heartbeats, is not functioning properly. This causes the heart to beat too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), too early (premature contraction), irregular, or too erratically rapid (fibrillation).
The heart’s normal rhythm is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm).

There are many types of arrhythmia. Most arrhythmias are harmless, but some are not. Even serious arrhythmias often can be successfully treated. Most people who have arrhythmias are able to live normal, healthy lives.

What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation?

An arrhythmia may be “silent” and not cause any symptoms. A doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during an examination by taking your pulse, listening to your heart or by performing diagnostic tests. If symptoms occur, they may include:
  • Palpitations: A feeling of skipped heartbeats, fluttering, "flip-flops" or feeling that the heart is "running away"
  • Pounding in the chest
  • Dizziness or feeling lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Holter monitor, or event monitor
  • Stress test
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrophysiology study (EPS)
  • Head-up tilt table test

How are arrhythmias treated at Bangkok Heart Hospital?

Treatment depends on the type and severity of your arrhythmia. In some cases, no treatment is necessary. Treatment options include medications, lifestyle changes and undergoing specific prcedures.
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication
  • Electrical Cardioversion 
  • Pacemaker
  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Catheler Ablation
  • Surgery