Arrhythmia / AFib: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Your heart’s electrical system is the primary conductor of your heart beat, ensuring it works in a regular, constant rhythm. When the electrical impulses of your heart begin responding in irregular intervals it can result in the heart rhythm disorder known as arrhythmia. If your heart’s electrical impulses are too rapid or too slow, it causes your heart to pump blood less effectively.

Atrial fibrillation is a common condition associated with arrhythmia. It can be episodic or continuous, but it’s not always easily recognized.

The heart and vascular team at SSM Health is well-equipped to care for your arrhythmia and bring you back to health. Trust your heart with our experts and we’ll treat you as our own.

Causes of Arrhythmia

Arrhythmias can result from a variety of things, such as:

  • Other heart conditions
  • Abnormal electrolyte levels
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Caffeine
  • Emotional stress
  • Side effects of medication
  • Extreme physical activity

If you’re experiencing palpitations that feel like skipped heart beats, fluttering or pounding in the chest, you may have an arrhythmia. Contact one of our heart specialists immediately to make an appointment, discuss your concerns and possible next steps.

Treating Arrhythmia

A wide range of treatment options are available to effectively manage the many kinds of arrhythmia. These treatments include everything from lifestyle changes and medication to surgical interventions. At SSM Health we take the time to get to you know you and your condition so we can treat you better. Our approach lets you be an integral part to your own treatment plan.


There are times when atrial fibrillation does not respond well to prescribed medications. In these cases, our specialists can use a minimally invasive Maze ablation procedure or a traditional A-fib ablation.

If you’re suffering from an arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation you can trust in the heart and vascular team at SSM Health. We’ll provide you with answers to all of your questions. Our experts will then speak to your condition and the treatment options you may benefit from. Get started on your path to heart health today.

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