Many of us experience different symptoms of arrhythmia – it can feel like the heart is fluttering, vibrating or jumping, maybe even as if it is skipping beats. The symptoms for arrhythmias can vary widely; it is also good to remember that arrhythmias can be asymptomatic.
In addition to causing symptoms, some of the arrhythmias may strain the cardiac muscle, affect the physical performance and cause other complications. Atrial fibrillation is the arrhythmia most likely to cause complications of some kind. Read more about atrial fibrillation here.
An easy way to monitor your heartbeat is to check the heart rhythm by taking your pulse, e.g. while measuring the blood pressure. Even many smartphones have applications for this.
In order to diagnose an arrhythmia, an ECG (electrocardiogram) is always needed. A health care professional can take an ECG, or now you can get your ECG conveniently at home with the AiVoni® -service developed by Heart2Save. For every measurement, the service will give you information about the detected heart rate and will generate an ECG-report. Based on the report, health care professionals can reliably diagnose the arrhythmia and begin the treatment best suited for you.
The most common heart arrhythmias
The normal resting heart rate for healthy men usually range from 43 to 93 beats per minute, and for women between 52 and 94 beats per minute. If the heartbeat is too slow, it may cause fatigue, dizziness or even fainting. If your heart rate is consistently very low and you experience symptoms, you should seek medical attention.
A high resting heart rate can be caused, e.g. by the heart beating excessively or rapidly in a way that exceeds the normal resting rate. The main symptom is palpitation, additionally you can experience fatigue and even chest pain. The attacks may last for several minutes and often stop unaided. If the attack doesn’t stop unaided, you should seek medical attention.
Some pharmaceuticals, coffee, tobacco, alcohol and some illnesses may also cause the heart to beat rapidly.
Atrial fibrillation (“fibrillation”) is an irregular heartbeat. To be able to identify and treat atrial fibrillation is important as it in the worst case may cause strokes. If you experience atrial fibrillation, you should seek medical attention. In case atrial fibrillation has been diagnosed earlier, and anticoagulants are in use, you can wait at home for the attack to stop.