The heart is stimulated to contract via an internal electrical pathway. An impulse is normally generated from the sinoatrial node (the hearts internal ‘pacemaker’) and travels from the atria (tops chambers) to the ventricles (bottom chambers).
An interruption in the electrical pathway may cause the heart to miss beats, if several beats are missed in a row, the frequency of heart contraction may be so low that the brain does not get enough blood supply and the patient may blackout – this is usually quite sudden and can even occur whilst driving
Dizziness, excess fatigue and black-outs are the most common symptoms
Occasionally, heart block may be identified incidentally, such as during an ECG or Holter recording
Stopping the offending medications (if relevant)
Insertion of a pacemaker
Cardiology Tasmania has 6 specialist centres located in Derwent Park, Huonville, Oatland, Swansea, Rokeby, and Sorell. As well as our fixed locations, our cardiology specialists and consultants travel to regional and remote areas to ensure all patients have access to cardiology services regardless of where they live.
Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS
Swansea General Practice, 37 Wellington Street, Swansea, TAS
Healthology Rokeby, 46 S Arm Rd, Rokeby, TAS
Sorell Doctors Surgery, 31 Gordon Street, TAS