Arrhythmia is known as a disturbance in the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat to fast which this beat is known as Tachycardia or to slow ; also known as Bradycardia. An arrhythmia can also mean that your heart beats irregularly.
An arrhythmia can occur if the electrical signals that control the heartbeat are delayed or block. this can happen if the special nerve cells that produce the electrical signals do not work properly or if the electrical signals do not travel normally through the heart. Some arrhythmias are life threatening medical emergencies that can result in cardiac arrest and sudden death.
Smoking, heavy alcohol , use of certain drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines, use of certain prescription or over the counter medications. Also if taken too much caffeine or nicotine can also lead to Arrhythmia in some people.
A heartattack or an underling condition can damage the heart’s electrical system and can also lead to arrhythmias. Underling conditions include high B/p, coronary heart disease, heart failure, overactive or underactive thyroid glan, and rheumatic heart disease.
In some cases of arrhythmias, the underlying heart defect that causes the arrhythmia is present at birth; such as Wolff-Parkinson- white syndrome. At times the cause of an arrhytmia can not be found.
When signs or symptoms are present , the most common ones include:
slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
feeling pause between heartbeats
More serious signs and symptoms include:
weakness, dizzines, and lightheadedness
shortness of breath
Some of these symptoms are harmless but many of them predispose to adverse outcomes.
Treatments for Arrhythmias depends on the type of arrhythmia you have. Some require no treatment at all and others can be treated with medications. If you have an arrhythmia that is being caused by another health problem...