What is Arrhythmia?

Have you ever felt your heart beat faster than normal or felt like your heart was skipping a beat?  These feelings may be a sign of arrhythmia, or an abnormal or irregular heartbeat.  According to the American Heart Association, each day the average heart beats 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood.  In a 70-year lifetime, an average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times!

When arrhythmias last long enough to affect how our hearts work, more extreme symptoms may occur:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in chest
  • Near fainting or actual fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • In severe cases, sudden cardiac arrest

Most arrhythmias are harmless and are left untreated.  However, if you are experiencing any of the above signs please schedule an appointment with your doctor.  There are many treatment options available.  Dr. Jennifer Ackerman, Dr. Michael Ackerman and Robert Lin of Dominion Internal Medicine are experts in the field of atrial fibrillation.  They will perform several tests to diagnose an arrhythmia and work to develop the best treatment plan available for you.  Please call our specialists today @ (540) 878-5408 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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