Visit your doctor to receive a proper diagnosis.
Should I Seek Help?
Many cases of arrhythmias do not require treatment, but more severe cases can lead to serious complications. Irregular heartbeats can make it difficult to pump blood to other parts of your body, causing damage to organs. Visit your healthcare provider if you are concerned about your heart.
If you have arrhythmias, follow your doctor’s advice. If your symptoms worsen, you start having new symptoms, or you need help managing stress, let your doctor know. If you suspect you are having heart failure, heart attack, or stroke, go to the nearest emergency department. Severe cases of arrhythmias can result in sudden cardiac death.
How Do I Live With Arrhythmias?
Talk with your doctor to learn what you need to do to live a healthy life with an irregular heartbeat. Your healthcare provider may recommend avoiding caffeine and alcohol and managing your stress. Be sure to take medication as prescribed. If your case is severe, your doctor may recommend having a procedure, like cardioversion or ablation, or implanting a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). If you experience symptoms that cause concern, go to the ER or call 911.
Follow your doctor’s advice and take care of yourself. For any emergency, visit your nearest St. Luke’s Health emergency department.
American Heart Association
Arrhythmias in Children