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What type of arrhythmias is serious and which type isn't?
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At 6' and 20", I suddenly developed severe Bradycardia and asystole of 9 seconds, linked to syncope (fainting) and seizure. Does this require any treatment or operation?
Dr. Ameet Shashikant Bakhai
This is a really broad question so giving a broad answer.
There and many heart rhythm abnormalities, ones form the atria or ones form the ventricle. Ones form the ventricle are particularly dangerous as they drop blood pressure and make people black out and occasionally with fatal consequences.
Ones from the atria are somewhat less risky but can be a risk for stroke (atrial fibrillation or flutter) and make you feel breathless and weak or anxious if going too fast or too slow.
Then there are abnormal rhythms that involve the heart going too slow and need a pacemaker implantation.
Hope that helps. If you google for a site "arrhythmia alliance" there is good info there for patients.
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