Category Archives: Arrhythmia

Cardiac Ablation

It can sound scary, but sometimes the best way to stop an abnormal heart rhythm is by destroying some of the heart tissue. This is known as cardiac ablation and Dr. Smith performs this procedure.   What is cardiac ablation?   The goal of cardiac ablation is to destroy the pathway of the abnormal rhythm. […]


How To Lessen Your Chances of Heart Problems

This time of year, we all like to get together and celebrate life. But to do that, you have to be there…literally. While many people can have occasional arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), if you also have heart disease it dramatically increases your odds of a heart attack. Since Dr. Smith makes it his business to […]


Different Stuff Can Be Behind Your Abnormal Heart Rhythm

It’s easy to assume if we have something like an arrhythmia that’s it’s a defect of some sort within our heart or our nervous system. Most people assume it’s a homegrown problem. Truth be told, it could all be due to something you’re eating, drinking, or taking. Since Dr. Smith is all about keeping your […]


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 […]


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