Arrhythmia Treatment in Washington D.C.
What is a Heart Arrhythmia?
A heart arrhythmia occurs when the heart does not beat properly or pump blood effectively. There are several types of arrhythmias, usually classified by the speed of the heart rate. During an arrhythmia, the electrical impulses may be too fast, too slow or erratic causing an irregular heartbeat.
Dr. John Trujillo is a board-certified cardiologist specializing in the treatment of complex and routine cardiac care. If you have an irregular heartbeat and would like to discuss how to improve your heart health and function, please call (240) 449-1100 and schedule your consultation at our cardiology clinic in Washington DC.
Symptoms of a Heart Arrhythmia
If you suffer from a heart arrhythmia, you may not even know it. It is fairly common for a person to have an occasional arrhythmia, but if it is regular it can be very serious.
An arrhythmia can occur with no symptoms or you may experience:
- A fluttering in the chest
- Chest pain
Severity of Heart Arrhythmias
When the heart doesn’t beat properly, it can’t pump blood effectively and this can put your body and organs at risk. The lungs, brain or other organs may shut down or be damaged. It is important to talk to Dr. John Trujillo if you feel like you may have a heart arrhythmia.
If you feel like your heart is beating too fast or too slowly, or it’s skipping a beat, make an appointment to see Dr. John Trujillo.
Seek immediate medical help if you experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness
- Fainting or near fainting
- Chest pain or discomfort
Causes of a Heart Arrhythmia
There are a number of reasons arrhythmias occur, and they can range in severity.
Most often an arrhythmia is caused by:
- A delay or blockage of the electrical signals that control the heartbeat
- Changes in blood flow
- Damage to the heart’s electrical system
- Stiffening or scarring of the heart tissue
- Excessive exertion, strain or stress
- An imbalance of fluids, hormones or electrolytes in the blood
- Certain heart medications
Depending on your age, genetics, lifestyle, or medical conditions you may be more at risk for an arrhythmia.
Treatment for a Heart Arrhythmia
If you have a heart arrhythmia, you and Dr. John Trujillo will develop a treatment plan to avoid future complications.
The main courses of treatment include:
- You may need medication to help prevent blood clots from forming to reduce stroke or to help control your heart rate
- You may need to make dietary, exercise, lifestyle, or other changes to help manage factors impacting your heart. This can include discussing drugs, smoking, alcohol, or other substances impacting your heart.
- Cardiac implantable electronic devices may help control arrhythmias including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), biventricular pacemakers, and cardiac loop recorders
If you feel like you would benefit from talking to someone about heart arrhythmias, give us a call. We are highly trained in the latest advancements to get your heart beating properly and help decrease your risk.
Schedule a Consultation for Arrhythmia Treatment in Washington D.C.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an irregular heartbeat or another cardiac condition, contact Dr. John Trujillo to discuss cardiac testing and the treatment available. Dr. Trujillo provides cardiac testing an treatment for patients at his cardiology clinic near Washington D.C. If you are located in or around Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton-Glenmont, or Hyattsville, please call (240) 449-1100 or request an appointment through our secure online form.