Find the Right Treatment for an Arrhythmia in Williamsport, PA
Arrhythmia is a heart condition that causes someone to experience abnormal heart beats or abnormal heart rhythms. A healthy resting heart rate is between 60 and 80 beats per minute.
There are many different types of rhythm disorders, but the most common include:
- Tachycardia—heart beats too fast
- Bradycardia—heart beats too slowly
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib) and flutter—a quivering of the heart muscle
Arrhythmias, if not treated properly, may cause fainting (syncope) or sudden cardiac death. They can affect anyone of any age or health level, though disease, heredity, medications and other factors may increase your risk. Individuals with heart disease are at the highest risk for heart arrhythmia.
Some heart rhythm disorders can cause symptoms, while others may have no symptoms at all.
Common symptoms of arrhythmia include:
- Palpitations—when your heart skips a beat
- Shortness of breath
- Temporary blind spots
- Chest pain/heaviness
The following may lead to or cause an arrhythmia:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Some prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Drug abuse, such as cocaine or amphetamines
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) and underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
- Sleep apnea
- Too much alcohol or caffeine
Arrhythmia Treatment at UPMC
The Heart & Vascular Institute at UPMC offers a wide array of services to care for arrhythmias in Williamsport:
- Medications—To prevent blood clots and control/maintain rhythm
- Ablation procedure—A non-invasive procedure that destroys damaged heart tissue causing electrical faltering
- Electrical cardioversion—An outpatient medical procedure using controlled electric shock that restores and maintains a normal heartbeat
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)—A device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart during fibrillation (dangerously fast beating)
- Pacemakers—Devices that monitor and regulate with electrical shock if the heart is beating too slowly
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of an arrhythmia, speak with a skilled electrophysiologist at UPMC. If you’d like to learn more about diagnosis and treatment, Find a Provider.
At UPMC, we provide expert care and treatment for arrhythmia in Williamsport, Lock Haven, Muncy, and Wellsboro, PA, as part of our heart and vascular services.