What is an arrhythmia?
Arrhythmia is an irregular heart rhythm, which can also be defined as an irregular pulse or heart rate. Typically, the heartbeat goes off track and this irregularity may or may not be felt in your body. Some people are aware of rapid heartbeats or skipping, while others may learn of an arrhythmia at a doctor’s office when it appears on an electrocardiogram.
Is arrhythmia common?
It’s very common. Cardiac arrhythmias can affect all people regardless of sex and age. However, about 20 to 25 percent of patients with arrhythmia are not in any danger.
What causes arrhythmia?
- Menopause, when hormone levels decrease.
- Too much caffeine can contribute to rapid heartbeats.
- Excess sugar intake, as this causes fluctuations in insulin and adrenaline.
- Excess alcohol consumption, and the combination of alcohol and sugars can generate intense arrhythmia’s among people that are sensitive.
- Everyday stress.
- Deficiency in magnesium is a very common cause.
- Sometimes using birth control pills for young women,
- Exposure to EMF/wi-fi frequencies.
What are the different kinds of arrhythmia?
There are several different kinds of arrhythmia. The most common is called premature ventricular contractions — this is when one of the two chambers — the ventricles — of the heart contracts prematurely.
Atrial Fibrillation: this is another arrhythmia that develops with aging, where the heart is “regularly irregular.” Sometimes you do not feel it.
Ventricular Tachycardia (V-Tach): this is an intense and prolonged speed of the heart — like a PVC. A V-Tach is harmful because it can deteriorate into ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest.
During dangerous cases of arrhythmia, the heart’s pumping mechanism loses traction — its rhythm because rapid and it cannot supply its very own heart muscle.
Be aware of your body and visit the doctor every few months for physical exams, especially if you feel you may have arrhythmia. Contact Advanced Cardio Services if you have any questions or concerns.
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