Abnormal heart rhythms known as arrhythmias can happen at any age

March 31, 2014

Abnormal heart rhythms known as arrhythmias can happen at any age but are seen more often in older adults

“They can be extremely dangerous, because they could lead to a stroke or a heart attack,” says Bharat H. Shah, M.D., a cardiologist and director for Cardio-Diagnostics at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Although not every arrhythmia is dangerous—and many treatments are available—a thorough evaluation is needed to identify the type of rhythm irregularity and what’s causing it.

“We also need to look for related problems such as high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes, which might tell us that the patient could have a more sensitive arrhythmia,” adds Daniel Eisenberg, M.D., medical director for Cardiac Services at Providence Saint Joseph.