Electrophysiologist Dr. Mohamed Metawee highlights arrhythmias as a cardiac condition he thinks more people should know about. If ignored, a disturbance to your heart rhythm may lead to serious consequences — it may require treatment or indicate a chronic condition.

Patients are usually under the impression that arrhythmia symptoms are limited to awareness of their heartbeat, either palpitations or a “fluttery” feeling. It’s somewhat fascinating when patients realize they don’t feel their arrhythmia. 

This is because there are other signs that an arrhythmia is affecting a patients quality of life, and there can be a wide range of symptoms. These include, but are not limited to: palpitations, fatigue, low energy, shortness of breath, dizziness, and syncope (passing out). 

Please do not hesitate to seek medical attention if you experience any disturbance of your heart rhythm. It can lead to more serious consequences if left untreated. 

Mohamed Metawee, MD

Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist , Trinity Medical WNY

5 Things About Arrhythmias Everyone Should Know


What is an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmias cause irregular beating of the heart. In a properly functioning heart, electrical impulses are produced to start each heartbeat. These impulses are the reason our hearts are able to pump blood in and out, into the proper chambers to supply the rest of the body.

People with arrhythmias have a heartbeat that is either faster, slower, or more inconsistent than normal.


How do you know if you have an arrhythmia?

Most people associate arrhythmias with a “fluttery” feeling, or heart palpitations. However, as Dr. Metawee noted, some patients diagnosed with arrhythmias don’t experience these symptoms. Other common indicators include:

  • Fatigue/low energy levels
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness spells
  • Fainting


What causes an arrhythmia?

An arrhythmia can be a congenital (meaning a baby is borne with it) or it can develop later in life due to a number of causes. Changes to your heart’s structure, from a heart attack, heart disease, or heart surgery, can cause an arrhythmia to develop.

Unhealthy lifestyle habits can add to your risk factors, just as they can for other heart diseases. These include high blood pressure, tobacco use, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as plain-old stress.


How are arrhythmias treated?

Treatment for an arrhythmia can vary from patient to patient. In some cases, no treatment is required. Other options include medication, surgery, or electrical devices which can help maintain a regular heart rate.


What to Do If You Think You Have an Arrhythmia

If you suspect you have an arrhythmia, you should seek a cardiologist’s opinion. Patients with an arrhythmia are more likely to develop a blood clot, which can sometimes cause a stroke. Arrhythmias are not always life-threatening, but if your heart’s pumping is ineffective, it can lead to heart failure over time.

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