Arrhythmia refers to an irregular heart rhythm, where the heart may beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly. While some arrhythmias are harmless, others can be life-threatening.
The different types of Arrhythmia
There are several types of arrhythmias, including:
- Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): The most common type, AFib causes irregular or sped up beating of the atria (upper chambers of the heart).
- Atrial Flutter: Similar to AFib, but with a more regular rhythm in the atria.
- Bradycardia: A slow heart rate, typically under 60 beats per minute.
- Tachycardia: A rapid heart rate, often exceeding 100 beats per minute.
- Ventricular Fibrillation: A life-threatening arrhythmia that causes the lower chambers (ventricles) to quiver rather than contract properly.