If you’ve been diagnosed with arrhythmia, you’re likely wondering if it’s curable, what treatment options are, and if medication works. Allow us to shed some light on this important topic:
Is arrhythmia deadly?
Most arrhythmias are not harmful, and people can live healthy lives despite this diagnosis. However, anything that affects the heart should be checked by an experienced heart doctor. Arrhythmias in conjunction with other heart conditions can cause severe problems or even death. Understanding the root of the arrhythmia and determining if other conditions are present can drastically help determine which treatment option is best, if necessary.
What is an electrocardiogram (ECG)?
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that evaluates the rhythm and electrical activity of the heart. When your heart doctor reads the electrical activity patterns that the ECG records, he will be able to:
- Determine what type of arrhythmia is afflicting you
- Establish any underlying heart conditions that may be present
- See if you’ve suffered a heart attack
An ECG is vital in order to establish an appropriate treatment plan. To learn more about how Middle Georgia Heart conducts ECG, check out this information.
Is there medicine available to treat an arrhythmia?
Arrhythmia medicine strictly treats the symptoms of arrhythmia instead of providing a cure. If your arrhythmia is not life-threatening, medicine may be the best treatment option for you. However, if your arrhythmia is being caused by an underlying health condition, your heart doctor will suggest a treatment plan that will best fix that issue.
Middle Georgia Heart can diagnose your heart condition!
Any irregularities in your heartbeat can cause uncertainties and stress. We’re here to bring answers and clarification to your questions and help you achieve the best possible heart health. Call us today to schedule an appointment: 478-207-5224
Stay tuned for part three in our series on arrhythmia:
- Part 1 – Types & Triggers of Arrhythmia
- Part 2 – Is arrhythmia curable?
- Part 3 – A Spotlight on Atrial Fibrillation, aka Afib, a Type of Arrhythmia