Types of Arrhythmias We Treat

Have you ever felt your heart flutter, beat quickly or even skip a beat? You may have an arrhythmia, an irregular heart rhythm. Specialists at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute have decades of experience caring for these conditions.

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Arrhythmia patient getting her heart listened

Arrhythmias treated at Henry Ford Health

In healthy hearts, electrical signals flow in an organized pattern, producing heartbeats with a consistent pattern and pace. Disruptions to this system can cause arrhythmias — some harmless and others that can threaten your life.

We treat a wide range of these heart rhythm disorders, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib): This common arrhythmia occurs when the upper chambers of the heart (atria) contract erratically. Find out more about AFib.
  • Atrial flutter: A form of supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter is a fast heartbeat in the heart’s upper chambers. Learn more about atrial flutter.
  • Bradycardia: When your heart rate is too slow (less than 60 beats per minute), it’s called bradycardia. Find out more about bradycardia.
  • Premature atrial contractions (PAC) and premature ventricular contractions (PVC): Extra heartbeats may occur in the upper or lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart. They may throw off the coordination between the two sets of chambers.
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT): This fast heartbeat (more than 100 beats per minute) begins in the upper chambers of the heart. Learn more about SVT.
  • Ventricular fibrillation (VFib): This heart rhythm disorder requires immediate medical care. It occurs when the lower chambers of the heart contract erratically. Find out more about VFib.
  • Ventricular tachycardia (V-tach or VT): This fast heartbeat begins in the lower chambers of the heart. Learn more about ventricular tachycardia.
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