Any problem with the heart’s electrical system can cause an abnormal heartbeat in the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles). These dangerous rhythms are called ventricular arrhythmias.
Ventricular arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses that control the heart rate become disrupted for some reason. The heart’s electrical system can become diseased or damaged due to:
If you experience several of these risk factors, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican and talk to them about improving your heart health to prevent ventricular arrhythmia in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV. We have support groups and wellness classes to help keep you in your best health. You can also take our heart health assessment.
Symptoms of Ventricular Arrhythmia
An abnormal heart rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart can quickly turn life threatening. The heart’s ventricles perform the important task of pushing blood out of the heart and into the rest of the body. Normally the ventricles work together in rhythm, forcibly contracting from time to time. A ventricular arrhythmia can send the ventricles into spasm and make it impossible for the proper amount of blood to leave the heart and enter the circulation. This situation leads to cardiac arrest.
Very often the only sign or symptom of a ventricular arrhythmia is a heart attack. If a person experiences chest pain, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or loss of consciousness, call 911 for emergency medical assistance.
Treatment for Ventricular Arrhythmia at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Many people experience very brief episodes of ventricular arrhythmia and never know it. This is normal.
However, episodes of ventricular arrhythmia that last more than a moment require immediate medical intervention. It is the most frequent (and most treatable) cause of sudden cardiac death. A ventricular arrhythmia is a medical emergency — call 911.
Treatment and prevention strategies include restoring a normal heart rhythm, avoiding cardiac arrest, and reducing your risk of a future episode of ventricular arrhythmia. The most common treatments for ventricular arrhythmia include:
- Defibrillation (applying an electrical impulse directly to the body)
- Implanted defibrillators
- Implanted pacemakers
- Cardiac surgical procedures
Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are easy-to-use lifesaving devices that permit anyone to rescue someone who is having episode of ventricular arrhythmia.
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals provides prevention and treatment for ventricular arrhythmia in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.