SRINAGAR: Fortis Hospital Mohali Punjab on Wednesday announced opening of a Heart Rhythm & Pacemaker Clinic at Star Hospital in Srinagar.
Talking about heart rhythm disorders, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Fortis Hospital Mohali Dr Rajat Sharma said after the dreaded cancer, these disorders kill the maximum people in the world every year. “Thus, it’s important to identify the symptoms early on and avoid sudden cardiac death,” he said adding the OPD will be organized every month.
He said there is a lot of confusion about the difference between common heart attack and heart rhythm disorders.
“A conventional heart attack results from the clogging of the arteries in the heart, which can be handled by opening them up by angiography and stenting by the interventional cardiologists. On the other hand, heart rhythm disorders result from abnormalities or short-circuiting in the electrical system of the heart,” he said.
Dr Sharma said a fast or slow heartbeat can be very dangerous and every heart has its own normal rhythm that begins in the heart’s natural ‘pacemaker’ or the sinus node.
“An abnormally fast heart rhythm, or tachycardia, can result from very fast electrical activities or short-circuiting in the electrical circuit of the heart,” he added.
Another common form of heart rhythm disorder is Atrial Fibrillation, which is causing many deaths worldwide. “If somebody is suffering from this disorder, he will feel palpitations, fatigue, and can even suffer from heart failure in the long run. This also increases the chances of stroke,” the doctor warned.