Arrythmia is a condition that is characterized by your heart not beating at a normal rhythm. Most adults experience 60 – 100 beats per minute. If it is less or more than this, arrythmia may be present. Although some people have no symptoms of arrhythmia before diagnosis, others experience symptoms which leads them to call the doctor. As you track your heart health, keep these symptoms in mind:
Chest Discomfort – A healthy heart does not produce chest discomfort. This can be a sign of arrhythmia as the heart’s electrical pulses are disrupted.
Dizziness – When your heart is pumping blood at a slower than normal rate, you may feel dizzy. This is because the blood is not getting to the proper organs in an adequate amount of time.
Fainting – If your blood pressure is dangerously low due to your heart’s inability to pump blood efficiently, you may experience fainting spells. These spells should never be ignored.
Palpitations – Some people notice a feeling like their heart is skipping a beat. It can be uncomfortable and cause you to catch your breath.
Pounding in Your Chest – Have you ever felt like your heart was pounding out of your chest? When your heart is pounding wildly or at a severe pace, it can be a sign of arrhythmia.
Fatigue – When your heart pumps blood throughout your body, it is enabling it to have much-needed energy! If you have arrythmia, it’s likely that you will feel fatigued or very tired.
When to See a Doctor About Arrythmia Symptoms
You should never ignore your arrhythmia symptoms, as it could be a sign of a serious heart condition. At Middle Georgia Heart, our doctors can check you for arrhythmia by using tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), echocardiogram, Holter Monitor, and various stress and blood tests. Do you have questions about arrhythmia or want to schedule an appointment? Call us: 478-207-5224.