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Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia

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An arrhythmia (ah-RITH-me-ah) is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

A heartbeat that is too fast is called tachycardia (TAK-ih-KAR-de-ah). A heartbeat that is too slow is called bradycardia (bray-de-KAR-de-ah).

Most arrhythmia's are harmless, but some can be serious or even life threatening. When the heart rate is too fast, too slow, or irregular, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body. Lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart, and other organs.[1]

Types[]

There are several types of arrhythmia's such as

References[]

  1. National Institute of Health. What is an Arrhythmia? July 2009. [1]
  2. American Heart Association. About Arrhythmia. 10 Jun 2011. [2]


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