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      Category : Health Centers > Heart Diseases


Alternate Names : Irregular Heartbeat

Arrhythmias | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Arrhythmias can be detected by an electrocardiogram, which shows the pattern of electrical activity within the heart muscle. A device called a Holter monitor can also be used. This device records all heartbeats within a 24-hour period.

More complicated arrhythmias can be identified by a cardiac catheterization. In this procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter into the heart through a vein in the leg. The electrical impulses of the heart can then be measured to determine exactly what type of arrhythmia is present.

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Arrhythmias: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Marvin Kendrick, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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