Heart rhythm disorders can be dangerous, sometimes causing strokes. Detection can sometimes make the difference between life and death. However, some heart rhythm disorders are difficult to detect.
“The problem with arrhythmias is you don’t have control. It just comes on by itself. Seeing a rhythm specialist or a cardiologist, you can reduce the episodes and improve your odds of survival,” Dr. Charles Thompson with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said.
In other cases, symptoms could include heart palpitations, difficulty breathing or chest pain. If you have those symptoms, Dr. Thompson said it is best to get checked out by a professional.
Since some heart rhythm disorders become more common with age, Dr. Thompson suggests seeing a cardiologist yearly.
“Starting before 55 for men and 65 for women, you should regularly see a cardiologist to get a stress test, look for blockage disease, have an EKG or watch heart rhythm changes,” Thompson said.
For appointment information, visit the Cardio Vascular Institute of the South’s website.
To learn more about heart rhythm disorders, see our previous Heartbeat reports.
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