What is an arrhythmia No one knows what to download? Arrhythmia is the medical term we use when there is a change in the regular beat of your heart – your heart may seem to skip a beat, beat irregularly, very fast or very slowly. Yes, it sounds frightening! So let’s take the mystery out of arrhythmias.
What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia?
Maybe it happened when someone pranked you by giving you a fright, or after you did your first cross-fit training session: most people have felt their heart beat very fast, experienced a fluttering in their chest, or noticed that their heart skipped a beat.
One of the most common arrhythmias is the change in heart rate that can happen normally when we take a breath, called sinus arrhythmia. The truth? While it may feel weird, for most people arrhythmia is pretty harmless.
What causes arrhythmias?
Many times, arrhythmia has no recognisable cause. While heart disease may cause some arrhythmias, there are other causes, such as
- Diet pills
- Cold or cough medications
Does having an arrhythmia mean that a person has heart disease?
No, not necessarily. Many arrhythmias occur in people who do not have underlying heart disease.
Is arrhythmia serious?
- Most people with arrhythmias have nothing to worry about. They do not need extensive exams or special treatments for their condition.
- For people who have arrhythmia due to heart disease, it’s the heart disease that poses the real risk to the patient.
- For a very small number of people with serious symptoms, the arrhythmia itself can be dangerous. This type of arrhythmia needs special treatment to keep the heartbeat regular. An example would be a very slow heartbeat (bradycardia), which causes the sufferer to feel faint or dizzy. Leaving this condition untreated could mean that the heart may stop beating.
Are arrhythmias common?
Arrhythmias mostly happen in middle-age adults. As you get older, you’re more likely to experience an arrhythmia.
So, don’t panic if your heart races or flutter occasionally. But if you have questions about your heart rhythm or symptoms, check with your doctor.