Evaluation of Cardiac Arrhythmias

Cardiac arrhythmias are abnormalities in the pattern of the beating of the heart. They can produce palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, fainting, strokes, and even death, depending on the type. There are numerous cardiac monitoring devices available to the cardiologist to detect the type of arrhythmia (the most common of which is the “Holter monitor”), which allows appropriate treatment. While many arrhythmias require no treatment, failure to recognize dangerous heart rhythms can be catastrophic.