Heart Arrhythmia

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A middle-aged woman who may have heart arrhythmia sits on a couch talking on a cell phone.

The rhythm of the heart is normally controlled by its natural pacemaker (the sinus node), which produces electrical impulses that create the heartbeat. A normal, healthy heart beats about 60 to 100 times per minute, depending on what a person is doing. However, when electrical abnormalities cause abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmia, you may experience palpitations, which feel like the heart is skipping, fluttering, or beating too hard or too fast. A person suffering from arrhythmia can feel these sensations in the chest, throat, or neck.  Very severe heart rhythm abnormalities may cause fainting.

While heart arrhythmias can be due to a variety of conditions, doctors at Yale Medicine are experts at diagnosing and treating the underlying causes. “We offer a number of state-of-the-art treatments, including medications, lifestyle treatments, and the ablation procedure,” which is removal of tissue causing the problem, says Yale Medicine cardiologist Rachel Lampert, MD.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.