UpBeat is brought to you by The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), a non-profit organization serving healthcare professionals dedicated to the care of patients with heart rhythm disorders. UpBeat exists due to the support of HRS members and generous donations from individuals like you. We hope you will consider donating to HRS to enable UpBeat to play a vital role in our vision to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders.
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The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) offers a variety of donation programs to help sustain education programs, funding research fellowships, supporting patient awareness campaigns and providing travel scholarships. Contributions give the Society the flexibility to seed new ideas while continuing to meet its strategic goals.
Thank you for supporting HRS through philanthropy.
Donations can also be done via telephone by contacting the Heart Rhythm Society at 202.464.3418.
Prefer to submit your donation by mail? Send a check made payable to The Heart Rhythm Society at:
The Heart Rhythm Society
1325 G Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
Heart Rhythm Disorders
Millions of people experience irregular or abnormal heartbeats, called arrhythmias, at some point in their lives. Most of the time, they are harmless and happen in healthy people free of heart disease. However, some abnormal heart rhythms can be serious or even deadly. Having other types of heart disease can also increase the risk of arrhythmias.
Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
This section is for pediatric patients and families living with heart rhythm disorders and heart rhythm disorders related to congenital heart disease (CHD).
Early Warning Signs
If you are experiencing a racing, pounding, rumbling or flopping feeling in your chest or if you have been fainting, having repeated dizzy spells, feeling lightheaded or you are extremely fatigued, it's time to see a doctor to discuss your heart health.
Learning about the underlying cause of any heart rhythm disorder provides the basis for selecting the best treatment plan. Information and knowledge about care options, and their risks and benefits help you work with your health care provider to make the best choices.
Since other heart disorders increase the risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms, lifestyle changes often are recommended. Living a “heart healthy” lifestyle can ease the symptoms experienced with heart rhythm disorders and other heart disorders, and can be beneficial to overall patient health.
The Normal Heart
The heart is a fist-sized muscle that pumps blood through the body 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without rest. The normal heart is made up of four parts: two atria on the top of the heart (right atrium and left atrium), and two ventricles (right ventricle and left ventricle) which are the muscular chambers on the bottom of the heart that provide the major power to pump blood.