Cardiac arrhythmias, also known as heart arrhythmias, are the abnormal and irregular heart rhythms that occur when the heart beats too slowly, too quickly, or erratically. Anywhere along the heart chambers’ nerve signal pathway, there may be a disturbance, causing a heart arrhythmia.
Heart arrhythmias come in many forms and levels of severity; the most serious cases can result in a heart attack or even a sudden death. Treatments include medications, pacemakers, electrophysiologic ablations, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.
Tinier than a pacemaker, an implantable arrhythmia monitoring device allows greater comfort for the patient. The device could continuously monitor and track the patient’s ECG, classify the heart rhythm, and perform continuous, long-term analysis of the heart rate. Implantable arrhythmia monitoring devices would provide for real time and long-term analysis of the heart rate, a boon to people at risk of arrhythmic events.