What Is Arrhythmia?
Arrhythmia is a serious condition where your heart rhythm beats irregularly. This isn’t to be confused with normal heart rate changes, for example during exercise or sleep. In all other circumstances it can be highly dangerous for your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or at an inconsistent rate.
Different Types of Arrhythmia
There are several kinds of arrhythmia, including:
If your heart is beating faster than it should, for example when you are not exercising or performing any activity that requires stress on your heart, you may be experiencing the signs of a fast heartbeat. This tends to be defined as a heart beating at over 100 beats per minute.
If your heart is beating at under 60 beats per minute during normal everyday activity, this may be a sign of an irregularly slow heartbeat. For certain groups of people such as athletes, having a low heart rate may be a sign of normal heart health, but for many people it is a sign of arrhythmia.
Your heart may beat an extra time, making you feel like there was a skipped heartbeat and disrupting your heart rhythm. Occasional early heartbeats are common in people of all ages and isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm, but it’s important to visit a doctor to ensure that what you’re experiencing is normal and not a sign of a more serious heart problem.
The Risks of Arrhythmia
Knowing which type of arrhythmia is important to understanding your risks and how to reduce them. This is why arrhythmia can sometimes be seen as a signal that something more serious is going on with your heart. These risks include:
- A history of heart disease or heart attacks
- High blood pressure
- A recent heart operation
- High cholesterol
Reducing The Risk of And Preventing Arrhythmia
The best way to reduce your risk is by taking care of the underlying causes of your heart problems. This includes:
- reducing your high blood pressure
- controlling your cholesterol levels
- eating a diet that improves your heart health
- exercising regularly
Talk To An Expert!
The first port of call is always to visit a doctor, who can inform you if your arrhythmia is no cause for concern or if it’s a sign of a more serious heart problem. To learn more about how we can help you improve your heart condition, contact us today at Fort Bend Heart Center.