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Arrhythmia

What is arrhythmia?

Symptoms of arrhythmia

Consequences of arrhythmia

Palpitation

Triggers of palpitations

Prevention / remedies / treatment for palpitation

What is arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia (cardiac dysrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, fibrillation) is when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or in an irregular or erratic manner. The term cardiac arrhythmia covers many very different conditions, which are usually caused by abnormal electrical activity in the heart.

Some arrhythmias are life-threatening medical emergencies that can result in cardiac arrest and death within minutes. Others may not cause any obvious harm.

Tachycardia is a resting heart rate faster than 100 beats per minute.

Bradycardia is a resting heart rate of less than 50-60 beats per minute. Healthy people and athletes can have a heart rate much lower than this, and it is not a problem as long as there are no other symptoms (see below).

A health professional is required to diagnose arrhythmia, using an electrocardiogram and other means.

Symptoms of arrhythmia

Consequences of arrhythmia

Palpitation

A palpitation is an abnormal awareness of the heart beating. Most people can experience an awareness of their heart beating when they pay attention and concentrate on it. Those who meditate regularly develop an awareness of the heartbeat and can even control the rate. However, if the heartbeat is intrusive or interrupts other thoughts this can indicate poor heart function and should be looked in to.

Palpitations can last for a few seconds or the whole day, and can occur rarely or more than daily.

Triggers of palpitations

Prevention / remedies / treatment for palpitation