What does Dysrhythmia Mean?

Q:
What does dysrhythmia mean?

A:
Dysrhythmia refers to the irregular rhythm, especially a disordered rhythm exhibited in the activity of the brain or heart. It is also known as arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.

Symptoms

Dysrhythmia actually does not present any symptoms or signs. It may be found during a physical examination by your doctor before yourself. Apparent symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the chest
  • A fluttering in the chest
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • A racing heart rhythm
  • Fainting or near fainting

Treatment

Treatments of this disease can be differed depending on the state of the patient.

Physical maneuvers, more specifically, vagal maneuvers can be applied to increase parasympathetic nervous supply to the heart in order to slow down or stop some dysrhythmias.

Antiarrhythmic drugs can be used but must be selected carefully. Dysrhythmia may also be treated electrically, by applying a shock across the heart.

For more detailed information, please go to your doctor for help.

Key words: dysrhythmia; arrhythmia; irregular heartbeat; treatment

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