Fratellone Medical Associates

Arrhythmias Disease Treatment Center in NYC

An arrhythmia is the medical terminology for an abnormal heart rhythm. These arrhythmias can be slow or fast depending on its origin in the heart. These arrhythmias can also be at a regular rate or an irregular rate. There are two upper chambers of the heart called the atria and two lower chambers of the heart called the ventricles. Bradycardia is the medical terminology for a rhythm less than 60 beats per minute. Tachycardia is the medical terminology for a rhythm greater than 100 beats per minute.The lay person’s term for arrhythmias is usually palpitations, extra beats or fluttering of the heart.

If the abnormal heart rhythm originates from the atria, then it is called an atrial arrhythmia. The most common irregular rhythm is called atrial fibrillation. The rate or fastness of this rhythm can either be slow or fast, thus atrial fibrillation with a slow ventricular response usually requires a pacemaker and atrial fibrillation with a fast ventricular response requires either conventional medications, radiofrequency ablation or sometimes even a pacemaker.

If the abnormal heart rhythm originates from the ventricles, then it is called a ventricular arrhythmia. The most common life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia is called ventricular tachycardia. The rate of a ventricular rhythm can be slow or fast, thus a ventricular rhythm can be less than 60 beats per minute or greater than 100 beats per minute. The ventricular life-threatening arrhythmias can be treated with either conventional medications or automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators (AICD).

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Almost one million Americans die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) each year, which accounts for 42% of all deaths. The sad fact is that it is not preventable. It is the leading cause of death in women worldwide, killing about 8 million each year (more than 18 times the rate of breast cancer). It is now estimated that one out of every four Americans has CVD. There are about 6 million hospitalizations each year due to this disease. The conventional or allopathic medical approach is all about surgery and medications.