Condition: Heart Rhythm Problems

Heart arrhythmias occur when electrical impulses coordinating your heartbeats don’t work properly

What are the causes of Heart Rhythm problems?

Heart arrhythmias occur when electrical impulses coordinating your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to either beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

Heart rhythm problems may feel like fluttering or racing of the heart. Sometimes it may be harmless, but other times these heart rhythm problems can cause signs and symptoms, sometimes life threatening.

They include:

  • Bradycardia- slow heart rate
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
  • AV nodal re-entry tachycardia (AVNRT)
  • AV re-entry tachycardia (AVRT)
  • Atrial Tachycardia (AT)
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

Symptoms of Heart Rhythm problems

There may not be any signs or symptoms of heart rhythm problems, but sometimes noticeable heart rhythm problem symptoms may include:


Risks of Heart Rhythm Problems

There are certain factors that may increase the risk of developing heart rhythm problems including:

  • Coronary artery disease or any other heart problems or previous surgery
  • High blood pressure
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Taking over-the-counter drugs or supplements
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Caffeine or nicotine use

Preventing and Treating Heart Rhythm problems

Living a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. This includes:

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol
  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Reducing stress
  • Take over-the-counter medications with caution including cold and cough medications

Treatments include:

If you have been experiencing palpitations, an irregular heart rhythm, fluttering in the chest or have been told you need a heart rhythm/rate monitor then OneWelbeck Heart Health are able to provide a mail-order service. To find out more about this service, please visit our remote heart monitor page here.


Heart Rhythm Problems Specialists

The consultants at OneWelbeck Heart Health have been assembled based on their hard-earned international reputations and expertise. Together, they cover the major London teaching hospitals and leading cardiac services, making up the largest independent cardiology group in the UK.