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What causes arrhythmia disorders?
What are the symptoms?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who provides the medical care?



1. What causes arrhythmia disorders?

Arrhythmias can be the result of structural changes of the heart muscle or as a result of a previous heart attack. Other causes include:

  • Scarring of the conduction system with aging
  • Enlarged heart
  • Side effects of medications, including over-the-counter medicine and herbal or "natural" supplements
  • Congenital structural abnormalities
  • Alcohol and various drugs (especially amphetamines and cocaine)
  • Primary electrical rhythm abnormalities in the absence of heart disease
  • Thyroid disease, anemia, lung disease and certain other medical conditions


2. What are the symptoms?

Although some arrhythmias may be detected by your doctor before you notice the symptoms, there are signs to be aware of, including:

  • Fluttering in your chest
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

3. What are the risk factors?

Risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing an arrhythmia include age, genetics, other heart problems, thyroid problems, drugs and supplements, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea, and alcohol consumption.

4. If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

5. Who provides the medical care?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by specialized cardiologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, and nutritionists who are dedicated to caring for patients with arrhythmia disorders. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician and cardiologist while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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