What happens when your heart is out of rhythm?
Heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
Heart arrhythmias (uh-RITH-me-uhs) may feel like a fluttering or racing heart and may be harmless..
How do you fix a heart out of rhythm?
If you have atrial fibrillation, your doctor may prescribe blood-thinning medications to help keep dangerous blood clots from forming. Cardioversion. If you have a certain type of arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation, your doctor may use cardioversion, which can be conducted as a procedure or by using medications.
When should I be worried about an irregular heartbeat?
Go immediately if you have additional symptoms with your irregular heartbeat or you’ve had a heart attack or other heart stress. According to Dr. Hummel, those symptoms include fainting, dizziness, chest pain, swelling in your leg or shortness of breath.
How can I check my heart rhythm?
Pulse Check Slide your fingers to the center of your wrist until you find your pulse. While taking your pulse, it’s important to remember that you’re checking your heart rhythm, not your heart rate. Rather than counting the beats, check for a steady, regular rhythm, Calkins advises.