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Introduction - Heart Rhythm Problems
Normally, the heart beats in a regular and coordinated way like a clock or metronome. However, many people with heart failure may have a heart that beats irregularly and/or too fast or too slow. These rhythm problems are often referred to as arrhythmias or dysrhythmias. They are often benign, which means these rhythm problems do not cause problems and are not related to any known abnormality of the heart. But arrhythmias may also be due to changes in the heart from either heart failure or a previous condition such as a heart attack or long-standing high blood pressure. Under these circumstances arrhythmias may be dangerous and are important to understand and treat. With proper treatment and self-care, people with heart failure can lead normal, active lives even if they also have a heart rhythm problem.
This module will provide basic information about:
- Types of heart rhythm problems.
- The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart rhythm problems.
- What your family and friends should know about heart rhythm problems.
It will help you:
- Recognize the symptoms of a heart rhythm problem.
- Understand what happens to the heart during different rhythm problems.
- Learn about the medicines and devices used to treat heart rhythm problems.
- Learn what you can do to reduce heart rhythm problems.