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What causes heart arrhythmia?

What causes heart arrhythmia?

Many causes: Anything from an extra cup of coffee, to an odd mitral valve (mine makes my heart go off like an alarm clock if i forget to exercise) to the quivering death throes of a heart in massive heart attack. Whole books are written; thankfully we can do a lot more today for hearts that beat in odd ways. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Definition)

Abnormal heart rhythm is a condition in which a person has an abnormal heartbeat pattern, as detected by an EKG (electrocardiogram) of the heart. Some abnormal rhythms run in families (hereditary abnormal rhythms). Some abnormal rhythms are not dangerous, while others can cause ...Read more


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What are the signs or symptoms of heart arrhythmia?

What are the signs or symptoms of  heart arrhythmia?

Palpitations: Mostly patients report having palpitations, or feeling that heart is beating fast &/or strong. Some may feel lightheaded or dizzy. Occasionally serious arrhythmia may be associated with chest pain, and loss of consciousness (loc). Pt with palp and loc should seek medical attention immediately. Also, loc may be the only sign, especially during exercise, and needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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Fish Oil (Tip)

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Omega 3's are good for your heart & they may help cancer, asthma, depression, autoimmune diseases. ...See more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Is there any way to self-diagnose heart arrhythmia?

Check your pulse. : A heart arrhythmia is an irregular series of heart beats. It is not a fast or slow rate but an irregular rate. The most common arrhythmia is a premature atrial contraction (pac). A more serious arrhythmia is a premature ventricular contraction. If your pulse is irregular or your heart beats out of turn (suddenly and strongly) you are having an arrhythmia. Frequent arrythmias should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

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Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Several: An EKG to see what the exact rhythm is and to look for other abnormalities. A history and physical examination. You may have a heart murmur or appear pale if you have anemia for instance. Blood tests to exclude anemia or an overactive thyroid gland for instance. A holter monitor to catch and record the abnormal rhythm. An echocardiogram to evaluate heart function and the valves. ...Read more

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Im a 19 yr old on bisoprolol for a suspected heart arrhythmia but all they can find during tests is sinus tachy Is it essential to take a beta blocker?

Im a 19 yr old on bisoprolol for a suspected heart arrhythmia but all they can find during tests is sinus tachy Is it essential to take a beta blocker?

Depends: Usually not required for physiologic ST, unless episodes are prolonged or occur often, because the rapid heartbeat does not allow enough time for the heart to fill before it contracts, so blood flow to the rest of the body is compromised. Underlying causes are treated if present (WPW - medications or ablation may be needed to control PSVT. Try: Cut down coffee, alcohol, quit smoking, get more rest ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Arrhythmia, also known as abnormal heart rhythm, is any type of irregular heart beat. It might be a simple skip of the heart beat, or a transient pause, both of which are typically benign. However, there are also more serious types of arrhythmias when the heart races ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Cardiac Arrhythmia (Definition)

The normal heart beat starts in the sinus node of the right atrium. An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too fast, too slow, starts in a different place, or if the electrical activity of the heart circulates through a different pathway ...Read more