NEWSMAKER: How to Detect Arrhythmia

Published 04/20 2014 11:13PM

Updated 04/20 2014 11:30PM

FREDERICK, Md. - Many may not know they have it but it is a common heart condition among people of all ages especially if it involves a daily stressful life.

WHAG'S Carmen Chau sat down with Anne Morton of Frederick Memorial Hospital to discuss the symptoms of a heart arrhythmia, how to prevent it and the treatment services the hospital offers in Frederick, Maryland.

Arrhythmia is known as an irregular heartbeat whether it may be too fast or too slow. They usually occur when electrical impulses to the heart that coordinate heartbeats are not working properly.

The good news is that the condition is harmless. It is something many have experienced at one point, such as your heart fluttering.

Some symptoms of a fast heartbeat (tachycardia) include:
  • breathlessness
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • fluttering in the chest
  • sudden weakness

Symptoms of a slow heartbeat (brachycardia) include:

  • Sometimes there are no symptoms

  • Concentration problems
  • Confusion
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath


There are several treatment options for this condition, one of which is known as a pacemaker. It is a device placed under the skin of the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms; it uses an electrical pulse to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. This device is commonly suggested for those who have a slow heartbeat.

For those who have a fast heartbeat, options include:

  • Medications

  • Defibrillator
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery


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