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Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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An arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia) is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat.There are many different types of cardiac arrhythmias; atrial fibrillation, premature beats, supraventricular tachycardias, ventricular tachycardia, and heart blocks are just a few. Many arrhythmias are benign and do not require any specific treatment. However there are some arrhythmias that need to be controlled with the use of medications, electrical cardioversion, implantable devices such as defibrillators or pacemakers and catheter ablation.

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Reviewed: 05/14

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