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Heart rhythm disorder

The Christ Hospital Health Network offers the most experienced cardiac rhythm program in Greater Cincinnati. Our physicians are deeply involved in research and have performed many of the world's "first" cardiac rhythm procedures.

Our patients benefit from access to the latest approaches to successfully treat rhythm disorders

Common heart rhythm disorders

The most common heart rhythm disorders are:

  • Atrial fibrillation

  • Atrial flutter

  • Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT)

  • Atrioventricular block

  • Multifocal atrial tachycardia

  • Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia

  • Sick sinus

  • Ventricular fibrillation 

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Learn how The Christ Hospital Heart Rhythm Program impacts our patients’ lives.

About heart rhythm disorders

A heart rhythm disorder, or arrhythmia, is caused by an issue with the heart's electrical system. There are three main forms of heart rhythm disorders:

  • The heart beats too quickly (tachycardia).
  • The heart beats too slowly (bradycardia).

  • The heart beats in an irregular pattern.

While not all heart rhythm disorders are dangerous, some could signal a more serious heart problem. 

Heart rhythm disorder risk factors

Certain health conditions or habits can increase your risk for a heart rhythm disorder. The following circumstances may lead to a heart rhythm disorder:


  • Abnormal potassium levels in the body

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Heart attack or damage from a previous heart attack

  • Heart failure or an enlarged heart

  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

  • Use or overuse of certain substances, such as:

    • Alcohol

    • Caffeine

    • Cigarettes

    • Drugs that mimic nervous system activity

    • Medications for psychosis or depression

    • Stimulant drugs

Heart rhythm disorder symptoms

Not all arrhythmias cause symptoms. In fact, many people learn they have a heart rhythm disorder from their physician during a routine exam.

However, if you do experience one or more of the following signs and it seems unusual (e.g., fast heartbeat when you are not exercising), contact your physician immediately.

  • Chest pain

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Fluttering sensation in your chest

  • Paleness

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Slow heartbeat

  • Sweating 

Heart Arrhythmia care close to home​

Advanced heart and vascular care is now more accessible than ever, thanks to The Christ Hospital Physicians – Heart & Vascular locations throughout Great Cincinnati.​ For more information, call 513-206-1222. 

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

If you are diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, you'll find the care and support you need at The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati's leader in cardiovascular care. Other reasons to choose The Christ Hospital Health Network include: 

  • Top 50 heart hospital. The Christ Hospital has been named among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in U.S. by Truven Health Analytics for 11 years.

  • Specialized expertise.  We offer the most extensive expertise across the spectrum of heart and vascular care. Our doctors are known leaders in cardiovascular care and are focused by specific conditions

  • Treatment options. Our patients benefit from a wider range of personalized treatment options than at many other hospitals. We take a progressive approach to heart rhythm disorder management.

  • Clinical research.  Our doctors have developed many new techniques in cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 years. Patients have access to treatments not found at many other hospitals.

  • Heart and vascular support groups.   For patients with heart-related conditions, we offer education and support. We encourage you share your experiences to learn how to live your healthiest life.