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Doctor insights on: Is It True That Vitamin C Can Help Reduce The Risk Of A Serious Heart Arrhythmia

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Is it true that vitamin C can help reduce the risk of a serious heart arrhythmia?

Is it true that vitamin C can help reduce the risk of a serious heart arrhythmia?

No: Vitamin c is not known to prevent heart rhythm problems. It may be beneficial as an antioxidant which may reduce artery inflammation and decrease the risk of athersclerosis. On the other had magnesium and potassium deficiencies may lead to heart dysrhythmias. However these supplements should only be used under a doctors supervision and monitoring of blood levels. ...Read more

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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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I read that normal healthy people can die suddenly from a heart arrhythmia - is that true, and should I be worried about it?

I read that normal healthy people can die suddenly from a heart arrhythmia - is that true, and should I be worried about it?

No: Very rarely, people who are otherwise healthy can have an unrecognized structural problem with the heart that can lead to fatal arrhythmias. How rarely? You are much more likely to die as a result of a drunk driver or a "run of the mill" heart attack. So don't worry, but do see your physician regularly so to increase the chances that "undiagnosed problems" will become both diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Heart arrhythmia question. How can I help my friend if she doesn't take her meds?

Heart arrhythmia question. How can I help my friend if she doesn't take her meds?

Can't: "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him (her) drink." doctors face this problem every single day! if the rhythm problem is not of the life threatening type, your friend may simply find the symptoms less onerous than the medicines. So be it. ...Read more

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Sometimes I wake up at Night and my heart is beating really fast. Is this a heart arrhythmia? Why is this happening to me?)

Sometimes I wake up at Night and my heart is beating really fast. Is this a heart arrhythmia? Why is this happening to me?)

An alternative: Is to get a Cardiology referral for an event monitor or Holter monitor so the doctor can track an arrhythmia that occurs infrequently. A baseline EKG would be needed too. ...Read more

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How long would it take for high blood pressure to cause heart arrhythmia?

How long would it take for high blood pressure to cause heart arrhythmia?

Highly variable : ...And impossible to answer. It's like saying "how long does it take clouds to cause a tornado?". ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about heart arrhythmia's with slight weakness and fatigue?

Should I be concerned about heart arrhythmia's with slight weakness and fatigue?

Probably: If your weakness and fatigue are simultaneous with your arrhythmia they are most likely related and you need to be evaluated as many arrhythmias can be cured and or treated. ...Read more

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How common is long qt syndrome and heart arrhythmia problems in 15 yr old females?

How common is long qt syndrome and heart arrhythmia problems in 15 yr old females?

1 in 5000: Long qt syndrome, in people without a family history of it, occurs somewhere between 1 in 5000 to 7000 people. If you have first degree relatives with it, you are at substantial risk of having it as well. ...Read more

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I have a heart arrhythmia(IST). Doctors always ask about neck & back pain. Sharp back pain for the a couple days no reason. Should it get checked out?

I have a heart arrhythmia(IST). Doctors always ask about neck & back pain. Sharp back pain for the a couple days no reason. Should it get checked out?

Probably: Should get it checked out. But if your heart issues is inappropriate sinus tachycardia, I would be less concerned that this is heart related and more likely musculoskeletal based on your age and lack of other reported symptoms like shortness of breath. Again, if the pain is bothersome and persists, it can't hurt to have it evaluated. Best of luck. ...Read more

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