EKG (Heart Arrhythmia)

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. It means that your heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular pattern. When the heart beats faster than normal, it is called tachycardia. When the heart beats too slowly, it is called bradycardia. The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, which causes an irregular and fast heartbeat.

What are the symptoms?

  • A fluttering in your chest.
  • A racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • A slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fainting (syncope) or near fainting

Risk Factors

  • Coronary artery disease (blockage in the arteries/pipes of the heart)
  • High Blood Pressure  
  • Diabetes  
  • Smoking  
  • High cholesterol  
  • Obesity/overweight
  • A high-fat diet  
  • Excessive use of alcohol (more than 2 drinks per day)
  • Drug abuse  
  • Stress  
  • Family history of heart disease  
  • Advancing age (getting older)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies

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