Arrhythmias are Treated by Board Certified Cardiologists in Baltimore

The Heart Center at Mercy

The cardiologists at The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of common cardiovascular and heart diseases including heart arrhythmias.  

About the Condition

Arrhythmias are disturbances of the regular heart rhythm.  Heartbeats may be:

  • Too fast (tachycardia – more than 100 beats/minute)
  • Too slow (bradycardia -  less than 60 beats/minute)
  • Irregular heartbeat – skipped or extra beats

Arrhythmias can occur in a healthy heart and be of little significance or they may point to an underlying heart problem. Types of arrhythmias are:

  • Atrial fibrillation - heartbeat irregular and too fast
  • Paroxysmal atria tachycardia – heartbeat regular but too fast
  • Ectopic – extra heartbeats
  • Ventricular tachycardia – heartbeat very fast and regular. If it lasts more than a few seconds it can be dangerous.
  • Ventricular fibrillation – heartbeat very fast and uneven; heart just quivers, causing cardiac arrest. This is a medical emergency: call 911.
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms may include:

  • Palpitations
  • Thumping feeling in chest
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Racing or fluttering heart sensation

If arrhythmias occur often or if episodes are prolonged, some or all of the following tests may be performed:

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Treatment Options

Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the arrhythmia.  If it is mild no treatment may be needed. If treatment is necessary, it may include:

  • Medications – anti-arrhythmics, blood thinners
  • Medical procedures:
  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Tissue ablation using laser, cryotherapy or radiofrequency
  • Vagal maneuvers – as supervised by your doctor