Heart arrhythmia, also known as irregular heartbeat, could be harmless or it could mean a serious problem that needs medical treatment.
Heart arrhythmia is a generic term for an irregular heartbeat. Depending on the arrhythmia's duration rate, degree of regularity, and its effect on blood flow and blood pressure, it may be either insignificant or life-threatening.
There are four main types of heart arrhythmia, with subdivisions within them, but they all refer to the heart beating either too fast or too slow.
Some heart arrhythmias give no symptoms and may only be discovered during a routine examination. But for arrhythmias that do cause symptoms, the following are likely to be experienced:
An irregular heartbeat can be diagnosed through:
In many cases, the cause of heart arrhythmia is unknown. Some known causes include heart disease, stress, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, diet pills, and decongestants in cough and cold medicines.
There are various treatments for heart arrhythmia, some of which require changes you can make yourself.
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This article was last reviewed on
Thursday, December 9, 2021
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