There are many symptoms you may associate with heart problems. Palpitations, feeling dizzy, fainting or being short of breath are sometimes symptoms of heart rhythm abnormalities. Understanding the causes, possible diagnoses and treatment can help managing the symptoms much easier.

More than 2 million people a year in the UK experience arrhythmias, or heart rhythm abnormalities. Most people with an abnormal heart rhythm can live happily with the right diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

The common symptoms of arrhythmias include:

  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting episodes

However, these symptoms do not always mean you have a heart rhythm problem.

Defining heart rhythm abnormalities

There are a number of clearly defined abnormalities in heart rhythm activity, including:

Atrial fibrillation: the most common problem where the heart beats irregularly and faster than normal

Supraventricular tachycardia: when you experience periods of abnormally fast heart rate at rest

Ventricular fibrillation: a rare condition when the heartbeat is rapid and disorganised, it sadly often results in death without quick treatment

Bradycardia: when you experience the heart beating slower than normal

Heart block: a kind of bradycardia when the heart beats slower than normal and causes collapse

Different heart beats and rhythms can be difficult to monitor but it is important to try and keep a record so you can get the right diagnosis and therefore, treatment.

Treatment and Support

Dr David Begley is a consultant cardiologist who specialises in cardiac rhythm management. He will work with you to define the issues you are facing and help to find the right diagnosis and then treatment for your condition.

Patients who experience symptoms such as blackouts, dizziness, palpitations or feeling short of breath should look for a cardiology referral from their GP.

Dr Begley also provides  treatment for heart rhythm abnormalities. Options will range from management with medicines, ablation treatments or the use of an implantable medical device to help manage your heartrate.

Making an appointment with Dr Begley

Dr Begley runs regular clinics at Royal Papworth Hospital and Nuffield Cambridge Hospital. An appointment is a chance to explore your symptoms, discuss your concerns and find the pathway to the right treatment plan. Appointments are available regularly throughout the week so it should be possible to arrange a time that suits your schedule. Get in touch today to arrange your first appointment.