WORLD: Suppose I feel irregularities in my pulse. And when I go to the doctor, everything will be fine …
Dietrich Andresen: Yes, that went stupid. But not unusual. In this case a long-term EKG needs to be done, and if nothing comes of it, possibly another. Another possibility are so-called event recorders. They are worn on the wrist like an electronic watch and record the ECG via flat metal plates on the underside of the device. However, they only record when the patient senses a pulse irregularity and presses the release button. So if he presses too late, we don’t get any data about the onset of the arrhythmia, and that would be necessary in order to be able to analyze it precisely. The loop recorders are then more reliable. They are implanted under the skin around the heart and record the EKG for months or even years. This also enables extremely rare cardiac arrhythmias to be detected. But the necessary effort will usually only be made with people who are suspected of having dangerous arrhythmias.
WORLD: What therapies are there for cardiac arrhythmias?