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 A cardiac arrhythmia is a medical term for an irregular heartbeat or an abnormal heart rhythm. This problem occurs when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats do not work properly, causing the heart to beat too fast (tachycardia), too slowly (bradycardia), or in an irregular fashion (extra or skipped beats). Heart arrhythmias can feel like a racing heart and may be harmless. However, some heart arrhythmias may cause bothersome — and sometimes life-threatening — symptoms.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help the specialists at Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute to further advance their efforts to make new discoveries, and to deliver the very finest clinical care, in the realm of cardiovascular health.

Despite numerous rhythm disorders and consequences, heart arrhythmias can result from various causes, including:

  • Caffeine
  • Emotional stress
  • Changes to your heart’s structure
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid problems
  • Abnormal electrolyte levels
  • Side effects of medication

Northwestern Medicine’s specialists in cardiovascular care may diagnose an arrhythmia in a variety of ways, including echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, nuclear heart scan and stress test. Some typical arrhythmia symptoms include chest pain, fluttering in the chest, shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, fainting or near fainting, sweating and slow heartbeat–but sometimes arrhythmias do not present with noticeable symptoms.

 Heart rhythm disorders range from harmless to life-threatening, and various treatments are offered by specialists at Northwestern Medicine. Some treatments they offer include medications to improve the patient’s heart function to help regulate their heartbeat, providing education about nutrition, and offering cardiac behavioral medicine. Also, our experienced cardiovascular team gives people access to specialized technology for diagnosing and treating their heart rhythm disorder.

Because heart rhythm disorders may occur without underlying heart disease and may be caused by stimulants including caffeine, emotional stress, prescribed as well as illicit drugs, or physical activity, our team of specialists will suggest a heart-healthy lifestyle to prevent heart arrhythmia. Some of these lifestyle changes include:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Increase physical activity
  • Avoid smoking
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Reduce stress
  • Use over-the-counter medications with caution

Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will the team at Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute to continue providing lifesaving education and care to patients affected by heart rhythm disorders and other cardiac conditions.

Arrhythmia Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

When you donate to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help Northwestern Medicine to remain on the leading edge of research and patient care in the realm of heart rhythm disorders. Your generosity has the power to positively affect a great many lives.

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