Skip to main content Skip to footer

About arrhythmia

There are several abnormal heart rhythm conditions that need medical attention. An irregular heartbeat is an arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia).

Arrhythmias make cause your heart to beat too slow, too fast or irregularly. Some arrhythmias may be harmless while others may be more serious and require lifestyle changes and medical intervention. 

Atrial fibrillation (commonly called AFIB or AF) is one of the most common types of abnormal heart rhythms. AFIB occurs when the two upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat chaotically and irregularly out of coordination with the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). Common symptoms of AFIB are heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness. AFIB can increase your risk for heart failure, stroke and other heart conditions. Download our treatment guide to learn more about AFIB.

{6}

Common abnormal heart rhythms we treat​

 
 
  • Atrial fibrillation​ (AFib)
  • Atrial flutter​
  • Atrioventricular block
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Multifocal atrial tachycardia
  • Premature atrial contraction
  • Premature ventricular beats​​
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Sinus bradycardia
  • Supraventricular tachycardia​ (SVT)
  • Ventricular fibrillation​
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Arrhythmia treatment

 
 

Some arrhythmias may cause few, if any, problems. In this case, you may not need treatment; however, when the abnormal heart rhythm causes symptoms, your Baylor Scott & White Health team will give you options for treatment. Baylor Scott & White has electrophysiologists on the medical staff who specialize in heart rate and rhythm problems.​

Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of abnormal heart rhythms and personal preferences. Options may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medicine
  • Cardioversion​
  • Ablation​
  • Cryoablation
  • Pacemaker​
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • Surgery
  • Pain management
  • Clinical trials​ (when appropriate)​
Specialized centers
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas
Learn More
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas Heart Rhythm Center is dedicated the care of those with atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. Visit location
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano
Learn More
The Heart Rhythm Center at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is dedicated the care of those with atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. Visit location
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving
Learn More
The Arrhythmia Center at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving brings together cardiovascular expertise and medical technology to treat irregular cardiac rhythms that affect the heart's ability to pump blood.​ Visit location
Scroll To Top