Arrhythmia

By: Hanna Finnegan

Definition:

A condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.

Symptoms:

Arrhythmia may not have any symptoms, but there may be some symptoms which are-


  • Are fluttering in your chest
  • A racing heartbeat
  • A slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Near fainting

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-arrhythmias/DS00290/DSECTION=symptoms

Causes:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Diabetes
  • Drug abuse
  • Excessive coffee consumption
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Mental stress
  • Scarring of the heart; often the result of a heart attack
  • Smoking
  • Some dietary supplements
  • Some herbal treatments
  • Some medications
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/8887.php

Prevention:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Try to remove as much stress as you can
  • Tell doctor
  • Medication

http://health.usnews.com/health-conditions/heart-health/heart-arrhythmia/prevention

Treatment:

There is really no treatment for arrhythmia. There are several options, from self-treatment to medication to surgery. The treatment depends on what kind of arrhythmia you have.


Statistics:

  • Contribute to about 350,000 deaths a year
  • 95% of the people die before reaching the hospital

Diagnosis:

Your doctor may test you for heart disease or a problem with your thyroid gland. Your doctor may also perform heart-monitoring tests to arrhythmias.
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