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Normally, your heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. Certain cells in your heart make electric signals that cause the heart to contract and pump blood. Our monitors capture these electrical signals through the electrodes that are attached to your chest and connected to our device. The resulting captured electrical signals show up on an electrocardiogram, ECG or EKG, recording. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure that records the heart’s electrical activity and can help diagnose arrhythmias.
Regular electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs) let your doctor look at your heart’s activity at one point in time during your test.
But abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms may come and go. That’s why your doctor may want to evaluate your heartbeat over time while you go about your normal activities. You may be asked to wear a monitor if you have fast, slow or irregular heartbeats.
|Other Types of Arrhythmias||Definition||Causes||Symptoms|
|Bradycardia||A heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute (BPM) in adults is called bradycardia. What's too slow for you may depend on your age and physical condition.||
||A heart rhythm that's too slow can cause insufficient blood flow to the brain with symptoms such as:
|Tachycardia||A heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute (BPM) in adults is called tachycardia The rapid heartbeat does not allow enough time for the heart to fill before it contracts so blood flow to the rest of the body is compromised.||
||In some cases, tachycardia may cause no symptoms or complications.
|Common Types of Tachycardia||Definition||Symptoms|
|Atrial Flutter||In atrial flutter, your heart's upper chambers (atria) beat too quickly. This causes the heart to beat in a fast, regular rhythm. Without treatment, Atrial Flutter (AFL) can also cause another type of arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation.||Some people have no symptoms with atrial flutter. Others describe the following symptoms:
|Atrial fibrillation||Atrial fibrillation is known as AF or AFib. It is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. While the condition isn’t considered life-threatening, people with AF are five to seven times more likely to form blood clots and suffer a stroke||Symptoms may start or stop suddenly. Symptoms may include: