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Cardiac

Rhythm

Some heart conditions cause a disturbance in the normal electrical conductivity of the heart.  They can cause abnormal heart rhythms both fast or slow.

These types of heart conditions are called arrhythmias. You can find out more about these here.

Many of these conditions are managed with medication, but in some cases pacemakers or ICD's (Internal Cardiac Defibrillators) are used. Pacemakers and ICD's are small devices that are usually implanted just under your collarbone. A pacemaker send out electrical impulses into the heart muscle that helps it beat at a normal rate. An ICD is used to help your heart return to a normal rhythm if you have an episode of Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricular Fibrillation by sending a electrical shock to your heart. You can find out more from your medical team about how it works.

If you are prescribed medication then you read a bit about what this does here. Talk to your clinical nurse specialist for more information or to find out more about the medication you are on.