Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
Written by Andrew Sarski on March 3, 2011
Heart Rhythm Abnormalities Described
Heart rhythm abnormalities, or arrhythmias, are disorders of the heart which cause the organ to pump blood less effectively, and are classified by where they originate. Generally, arrhythmias which occur in the ventricles are called ventricular arrhythmias while those which originate in the atrium are called supraventricular arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are further categorized by the speed at which the heartbeats occur. If the heart is beating very slow, typically less than sixty beats per minute, it is called bradycardia. If the heartbeats are occurring very quickly, usually faster than 100 beats per minute, it is called tachycardia. Some arrhythmias are temporary and may require no treatment, while others are life-threatening and may require immediate medical attention. One of the most serious forms of arrhythmia is sustained ventricular tachycardia, which can lead to ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart’s electrical activity is so disorganized that the heart fails to contract and is unable to pump blood.
Symptoms of Heart Arrhythmia
Although the symptoms of arrhythmia will depend largely on the type of arrhythmia which the individual is suffering from, the most common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Light-headed feeling
- Loss of consciousness
More specifically, the symptoms typically experienced by individuals with bradycardia are shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue, while common symptoms of tachycardia are dizziness, faintness, feelings of discomfort, shortness of breath, sweating, and a fluttering in the chest.
Heart Rhythm Problem Treatment
Cardiac abnormalities are extremely dangerous because they can lead to significant adverse side effects, as well as death. Depending upon the severity of the condition, arrhythmias can be extremely serious. Treatment of a heart arrhythmia varies depending upon the individual’s age and health condition, as well as the type of arrhythmia. If an arrhythmia requires treatment, it can be controlled by an implantable defibrillator, an artificial pacemaker, or drug therapy. There are several methods of arrhythmia prevention which are geared towards reducing stress and limiting consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
Heart Rhythm Abnormality Legal Help
Individuals suffering from cardiac abnormalities may face severe medical issues now or in the future. Victims of serious injury resulting from the use of a defective product are not at fault and may be entitled to reimbursement for their injuries. Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the safety of their medications and should be held responsible for the adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. If you or a loved one has suffered from a heart rhythm abnormality and you believe a defective drug to be the cause, contact a defective drug attorney as soon as possible. With the help of an experienced defective drug lawyer, victims of defective drug injury or illness can develop an effective case and collect the compensation they deserve.