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Does multiple sclerosis cause heart arrhythmias?

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David Miller
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In brief: Not usually

Ms originates in the brain and affects skeletal muscles, causing the person to loose voluntary control of them. It can also affect vision, causing optic neuritis and sometimes blindness, double vision or other visual problems.
It can also cause cognitive problems and dementia. However, it doesn't typically affect the heart directly.

In brief: Not usually

Ms originates in the brain and affects skeletal muscles, causing the person to loose voluntary control of them. It can also affect vision, causing optic neuritis and sometimes blindness, double vision or other visual problems.
It can also cause cognitive problems and dementia. However, it doesn't typically affect the heart directly.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Although some MS drugs can cause abnormal heart rhythms, such as Gilenya within the first 6-24 hrs of usage, and Aubrigio after a few weeks to a few months.

In brief: No, but see below

Ms on its own does not affect the heart, but some of the medicines now used to control the disease may transiently cause changes in heart rhythm. Check with your neurologist regarding management of abnormal heart rhythms if these are present.

In brief: No, but see below

Ms on its own does not affect the heart, but some of the medicines now used to control the disease may transiently cause changes in heart rhythm. Check with your neurologist regarding management of abnormal heart rhythms if these are present.
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