Catching the Beat, TMH Electrophysiology

February 28, 2017

The phrases are common: “My heart skipped a beat when I heard the verdict…”; “I felt like my heart was beating out of my chest…”; “He made my heart flutter…”

The words we use to describe feelings of shock, anxiety, fear and great emotion are also words patients may use when they describe the arrhythmias that can affect the rate and efficiency of the heart muscle itself. But unlike emotions or reactions to threats that prompt normal changes in heart muscle activity, the arrhythmias which Dr. Farhat Khairallah, Dr. Venkata Bavikati, and their two colleagues on the Electrophysiology Team at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare see every day are often abnormal. And that dysfunction can be very dangerous.