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Premature Ventricular Contractions

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in one of your ventricles (the heart’s two lower pumping chambers). Since they aren’t supposed to happen, these extra heartbeats tend to disrupt your normal heart rhythm. This can feel as if your heart just performed a gymnastics flip-flop or as if it skipped a […]


Managing Arrhythmia With Medication

For some patients, Dr. Smith can treat their cardiac arrhythmia with medications. When taken exactly as prescribed, medications can work really well. Plus, they can be used in patients with arrhythmia to help prevent heart attack and stroke. These are the different drugs Dr. Macy may use for treatment. Antiarrhythmic drugs Tachycardias and premature beats […]


When Your Heart Skips a Beat

Song lyrics are full of talk of heartbeats. But one in particular gets Dr. Smith’s attention: My heart skips a beat.  Yeah, that’s not love. That’s arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Arrhythmia doesn’t necessarily mean your heart is beating too fast or too slow; it’s just out of normal rhythm. You could […]


Your Heart’s Wiring

You don’t usually give your heartbeat a second thought. Sure, maybe after you’ve run up a flight of stairs and you can feel your heartbeat in your neck, then you notice it. But most of the time it’s just there. Until things get out of whack. That’s where Dr. Smith comes in, when your heartbeat […]


Bradycardia

With our sedentary lifestyles, it seems like everyone would want to have a slower heart rate. After all, when a person is overweight, their heart has to work harder. And isn’t aerobic exercise intended to lower our heart rate? Yes…but not too low. If your heart rate is too low, you have what is known […]


The Flutter of Your Heart That Doesn’t Go with Romance

While we all hope our heart goes flutter some time in our lives, Dr. Smith is more concerned about atrial flutter, which occurs in the right atrium. While atrial flutter itself is not life-threatening, if left untreated it can lead to atrial fibrillation and stroke.  What is atrial flutter? Atrial flutter occurs when an abnormal […]


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Macy C. Smith, Jr., MD, FACC, FHRS