A 49-year-old male asked:
what causes an arrhythmia in an elderly patient?
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Cardiology 44 years experience
Rarely known: The incidence of arrhythmia rises with age. Underlying structural disease can increase the risk and significance. Deficient circulation (ASCVD) can be responsible. Electrolyte imbalance, thyroid XS, stimulant drugs, and various other medications that affect cardiac conduction can contribute. That said, in the majority of people, no cause is discovered. It just happens.
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Last updated Jul 7, 2017
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