When it comes to the health of your heart, there is no time to spare. Don’t get left waiting in never-ending emergency room waiting rooms. Instead, get to your nearest Urgency Room. When you need the highest-quality care in the least amount of time, don’t waste your hours at an emergency room. Get to your nearest UR location in Vadnais Heights, Woodbury or Eagan. 

Open 365 days per year from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, including holidays, easily accessible Urgency Room locations can help you in your time of need. Owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), our state-of-the-art facilities also have the experience to assess, diagnose and treat your heart rhythm disturbances. 

What Is a Heart Rhythm Disturbance?

Heart rhythm disturbances, also known as abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias, means that you don’t have a normal heartbeat rhythm. Your heart isn’t necessarily beating too fast or too slow; it means your heart isn’t beating at a consistent rhythm. Instead of maintaining a constant beat, your heart may feel like it almost skipped or even added a beat.

You might not even notice you have a heart rhythm disturbance, but sometimes you might notice your heart racing or beating slowly. While an irregular heartbeat might not be an emergency, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out by a medical professional. Urgency Room physicians can examine your heart in less time than you’d spend in the emergency room’s waiting room.

Symptoms can be subtle to serious, so take note if you experience a pounding in your chest, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue or the feeling of a fluttering heartbeat. Although you might not even notice these symptoms and they’ll only make themselves known during a physical exam by a physician.

What Causes Disturbances in Your Heart Rhythm?

You might never see an arrhythmia coming. You might have always had a healthy heart, but there are a number of reasons you could have an irregular heartbeat, including: 

  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Attack
  • Electrolyte Imbalance

All of these reasons can weaken or affect your heart muscle, throwing it out of sync with a previously regular heartbeat. Other types of heart rhythm disorders exist and should be assessed by a physician. Some arrhythmias include:

Premature ventricular contractions

Also known as “skipped” heartbeats, PVCs are the most common type of heart rhythm disturbance. If you notice these happening often, consider cutting out caffeine, reducing stress and seeing a physician. 

Atrial fibrillation

The irregular contraction of the heart’s upper chambers. 

Ventricular tachycardia

Especially dangerous for people living with heart disease, V-tach is a rapid heart rhythm that starts from the heart’s lower chambers. This hinders the heart’s ability to fill up with enough blood.

Ventricular fibrillation

An arrhythmia that occurs when the lower chambers of the heart quiver and can’t fill the heart with blood or pump blood to the body.

Arrhythmia Treatments

Treatment for heart rhythm disturbances varies depending on the severity and type of arrhythmia you have. There are a variety of medications, lifestyle changes and even surgeries that can help alleviate or resolve an irregular heartbeat. Some types of changes you can make on your own include restricting your caffeine intake, quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake and restricting activities that make your heart rhythm disturbances flare up.

If you have more questions about treatment options for your heartbeat irregularity, come by any UR today.

Premier Care in Minneapolis/St. Paul for Heart Rhythm Disturbances

Whether you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, The Urgency Room is here to help you in your time of medical need. Seeking to fill the medical gap between emergency and urgent care, our physicians are dedicated to diagnosing and treating you in way that’ll get you back on your feet sooner than you thought possible. Our patients are consistently impressed with the quality of care they receive from our experienced and caring physicians.

When it comes to the health of your heart, don’t wait. If you notice any type of heart rhythm disturbance, come to an Urgency Room in Eagan, Vadnais Heights or Woodbury as soon as possible. You’ll be seen in a fraction of the time and receive the best care when compared with your average emergency room.

If you have more questions, we’re ready to answer them! Call us today or check out other frequently asked questions. You’ll be seen in a matter of minutes, receive high-quality care, and leave with a peace of mind when it comes to the health of your heart.