Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia Specialist
Dr. Demetrios Panagiotou at Keystone Cardiology in Maywood, NJ tests for and treats arrhythmia, as well as atrial fibrillation. If you have been diagnosed with these heart conditions, or you are at risk, Dr. Panagiotou offers high-quality care using the latest and most respected cardiological methods. Learn more about these heart conditions prior to your appointment. Dr. Demetrios provides services to residents of Bergen County, including Maywood, Hackensack, Westwood, Edgewater, Ridgewood, and Paramus, NJ.

Arrhythmia Q & A

by Demetrios Panagiotou, MD, FACC

What is Arrhythmia?

Also known as an irregular heartbeat, an arrhythmia is a condition where the heart pumps off beat, too fast, or too slow. It is a very common condition with more than 3 million cases annually. Individuals with cardiac arrhythmia suffer from electrical impulse problems. While some people experience no symptoms of arrhythmia, others will notice a fluttering in their chest. They may get dizzy or faint unexpectedly, or suffer from chest pain. This condition can be treated effectively by a cardiologist in Bergen County, specifically Maywood, NJ.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation occurs when you have an irregular heartbeat, which is often at a rapid rate. This issue of disorganized electrical signals in the heart is commonly associated with poor blood flow. The atria, or upper heart chamber, is out of sync with the lower chambers called ventricles. When this happens you can suffer from heart palpitations, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Some individuals suffer from occasional atrial fibrillation, while others experience persistent A-fib that requires electrical shock for recovery. If you have an abnormal heart rhythm condition you will be diagnosed with permanent atrial fibrillation that involves life-long medication for treatment. However, for most patients the condition is treatable.

How can Dr. Panagiotou Treat Arrhythmia and Atrial Fibrillation?

Fortunately, you can get medical treatment for both arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation that will reverse the symptoms so you can live a healthier life. To treat arrhythmia in Maywood, NJ Dr. Panagiotou can prescribe anti-arrhythmic drugs. However, for more severe cases he may need to use implantable devices or perform heart surgery to correct the arrhythmia. As for atrial fibrillation treatment, your cardiologist can use prescription medication to treat most cases. Other treatments include electrical shock, which is called cardioversion, or a minimally invasive surgery known as ablation.

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