Offbeat: What you Need to Know about Cardiac Arrhythmias

Hosted by Matthew L. Ortman, MD

Normal, healthy hearts beat in steady, even rhythms -- about 60 to 100 times a minute. Some people, however, have disturbances in the normal heartbeat rhythm caused by cardiac arrhythmias.  While an occasional palpitation or fluttering is usually not serious, a persistent arrhythmia is cause for concern.  

Join Matthew L. Ortman, MD, for Health eTalk on Thursday, February 17 from Noon-13:30 p.m., as he provides information and answers questions about conditions like atrial tachycardia, bradycardia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and other common cardiac arrhythmias.  Dr. Ortman will discuss treatment options, and also explain when an arrhythmia can be life-threatening.

Dr. Ortman is a clinical cardiologist and electrophysiologist at The Cooper Heart Institute.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Electrophysiology.  

Dr. Ortman attended medical school at the University of Maryland Baltimore.  He completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by a cardiology and electrophysiology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  

Dr. Ortman specializes in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, including pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and radiofrequency ablation.