SLHV Offers Dedicated Physicians & Arrhythmia Center for Heart Rate Irregularities

What is Arrhythmia?

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat.  It means that your heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular pattern. 

There are three common kinds of arrhythmia.  A heartbeat faster than normal is called tachycardia.  When the heart beats too slowly, we call that bradycardia.  The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, which causes an irregular and fast heartbeat.

What are symptoms of Arrhythmia?

Symptoms can include:

What causes Arrhythmia?

There are many factors which can affect your heart’s rhythm.  These include a heart attack, smoking, congenital heart defects, and stress.  Some substances and medicine may also cause arrhythmia.

To learn more about the biology behind arrhythmia, we recommend the American Heart Association’s page: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/arrhythmia/about-arrhythmia.

How can I get tested for Arrhythmia?

St. Louis Heart and Vascular offers a variety of tests to determine if you have an irregular heartbeat.

What treatments are available for Arrhythmia?

St. Louis Heart and Vascular offers a variety of options to treat the different kinds of arrhythmia.

SLHV is here to help with your Arrhythmia

St. Louis Heart and Vascular features two clinical cardiac electrophysiologists (also called EP physicians) who are experts in their field.  Dr. Saul Kalvaitis and Dr. Dennis Glascock specialize in treating arrhythmias with all of the possible treatments listed above.  We also have a fully-staffed Arrhythmia Center open 24/7/365 to monitor our patients' devices.  To make an appointment with Dr. Kalvaitis or Dr. Glascock, please contact our office at (314) 741-0911 today.

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