Can atrial fibrillation cause heart failure? Atrial fibrillation can cause heart failure and conversely, heart failure can also lead to afib.Read more
Other heart rhythm disorders
Atrial fibrillation is by far the most common heart rhythm disorder. However, there are a number of other heart rhythm disorders that can cause episodes of rapid heartbeat. They can either originate from the atria of the heart, from the AV node, from the ventricles of the heart or be due to extra conduction pathways between the atria and ventricles.
Other cardiac arrhythmias that may be a problem are atrial flutter, AVNRT, WPW, focal atrial tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat attacks from the pump chambers), ventricular extrasystoles (extra beats from the heart chambers) and atrial extrasystoles (extra beats from the anterior chambers).
In the posts below you can read more about the other heart rhythm disorders
What Is An Atrial Flutter?
An atrial flutter is a type of cardiac arrhythmia that often occurs in individuals who are also suffering from atrial fibrillation.Read more
If the heart beat starts in the heart chambers, we call it ventricular extrasystoles. If they start in the atria, they are called "atrial extrasystoles".Read more
What Is Focal Atrial Tachycardia?
Focal atrial tachycardia (ectopic atrial tachycardia) is a form of rapid heart rhythm disorder that comes from a specific place in the atria.Read more
Ventricular extrasystoles is the medical term for extra beats in a patient’s heart chamber. These are common and are normally benign, but...Read more
What Is WPW Syndrome?
Patients with WPW have an extra lead path between the atria and heart chambers, often between the left atrium and the left ventricle.Read more
What Is Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry Tachycardia (AVNRT)?
AVNRT: "AtrioVentricular Nodal Re-entry Tachycardia". As with most forms of arrhythmias the heart rhythm of AVNRT patients often moves out of control in a type of carousel movement.Read more
How Pacemakers Treat Heart Failure
When a heart’s ability to pump is impaired, it can be necessary to implant a special type of pacemaker that can stimulate both the right and left ventricles simultaneously.Read more
What Is An ICD?
A cardiac arrest is a life-threatening arrhythmia in which the heart's pumping function stops - and thus no blood comes out to the body's organsRead more
How Does A Pacemaker Work?
A pacemaker is used if a patient's heart rate is too slow. There can be a number of different reasons for this...Read more