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UK's Heart Experts - A Personal Approach to Treating Heart Conditions

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Dr Oliver Segal, Consultant Cardiologist explains the importance of cardiac electrophysiologyCaring for patients with heart rhythm disorders, palpitations, blackouts and patients potentially at high risk of dying suddenly due to cardiac arrest. and how technology combined with effective treatments now provide a cure for many patients.

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Heart Rhythm Disorders

Heart Rhythm Disorders, or cardiacRelating to the heart arrhythmias, are caused by your heart beating irregularly. This can cause symptoms of palpitationsThe feeling when you become aware of your heartbeat - when frightened, for example. (a sense that the heart is beating abnormally and uncomfortably), breathlessness, occasionally chest pains, dizziness and even blackouts, although some patients may not be aware of having an arrhythmiaAny form of disturbance to the heart's normal regular beat. Most forms of heart rhythm disorders are now well understood and effective treatments can be offered for both benignNot dangerous, usually applied to a tumour that is not malignant. and serious disorders. The different classifications and treatments for arrhythmias are covered by leading heart specialists in this section.

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