Controlling Arrhythmia Concerns

Controlling Arrhythmia Concerns

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Focusing on your health and staying physically fit through moderation, healthy eating, and daily exercise doesn't just make you healthy - it makes for an overall well-balanced and mindful lifestyle. Exercise and eating healthy may get you the physical results you want to see - increase in strength, endurance buildup, maintained control of body fat - but what about your heart health? Are you aware of the complications that may arise if you don't focus on the health of the most important muscle in your body? 

Problems with the electrical impulse, or rhythm, of a person's heart - also known as an arrhythmia - is a common heart disorder that affects millions of people each year. 

"Rhythm problems are very common and can go undiagnosed for many people, for a long time. Often, individuals with heart rhythm problems are misdiagnosed as having panic disorder," shares Dr. Mohit Chawla, MD, FHRS, FACC, FACP, an electrophysiologist with UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology. 

Common symptoms of arrhythmias may include: fluttering in the chest, intense racing or slowness in heartbeats, chest pain, dizziness/lightheadedness, fainting, or shortness of breath. However, when treated by an electrophysiologist (EP), and coupled with a healthy heart lifestyle, arrhythmias are able to be controlled. 

An electrophysiologist, or EP, specifically deals with heart rhythm disorders and the electric system of the heart. Electrophysiology doctors are cardiologists who typically go through additional years of specialized training after their fellowship. EPs not only care for patients with heart rhythm or atrial fibrillation disorders, but also perform procedures such as pacemaker implantations, ablations, defibrillator implantations, and more. 

Managing a patient's heart rhythm can be challenging, which is why specialized electrophysiology training allows hospitals and clinics to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms with the skill and care patients deserve. On November 9, Finley's Heart & Vascular Center will open its doors to a new Arrhythmia Clinic offered to patients and families of our community. This clinic, which will provide evaluation and treatment for patients suffering from abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), will be led by electrophysiologist, Mohit Chawla, MD, FHRS, FACC, FACP, with UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology. This exciting addition to Finley's cardiovascular services supports Finley's mission, vision, and promise to the community.