Abnormal heart rhythms
What are arrhythmias?
Cardiac arrhythmias are disorders of the heart’s normal rhythm. A normal heart beats at rest between 60 and 100 per minute with a throbbing rhythmic pace. This frequency can be increased with exercise, emotions, stress or the presence of some diseases.
Other different causes (alterations in nerve stimulation inside the heart) can produce irregular heartbeats altering rhythm, or frequency below normal or above normal values, that indicate the presence of arrhythmias.
When there are prolonged interruptions, blood supply to the heart is interrupted which can cause permanent injury. Arrhythmias can be responsible for angina pectoris, heart failure or heart attack which can produce sudden death.
Types of arrhythmias
There are the following types of arrhythmias
– Tachycardia: A faster heartbeat.
– Bradycardia: In case of a slower pace of the heartbeat. It comprises the following:
– Physiological bradycardia is presented by the athletes, who by increasing the cardiac chambers and further development of the heart muscle pump more blood achieved without needing to increase heart rate. This allows them to achieve 30 or 35 beats per minute at rest.
– Bradyarrhythmias: too slow contractions of the ventricles by drop in the frequency of sinus node.
– Real arrhythmia : When irregular heartbeats occur.
Symptoms of arrhythmias
Sometimes there are no apparent symptoms.
More common symptoms are: changes in rhyme heart palpitations, dizziness, trouble breathing, fainting, shortness of breath, sweating, etc.
Causes of arrhythmias
Arrhythmias are caused by problems in the electrical impulses that, on first place, synchronically stimulate contractions of the auricules (atria or upper chamber of the heart), and secondly those of the ventricles (Lower chambers of the heart that receive blood from auricules and pump it to the arteries).
When these impulses are cut, arrhythmias occur. They can also take place because, due to some heart or blood abnormalities, heart that does not respond well to these stimuli.
– Sometimes certain medicines or drugs such as amphetamines, caffeine, cocaine or tobacco may also cause arrhythmias. Even anti-arrhythmic medications can be responsible for different Arrhythmias from those medication were intended to.
Among the factors that can influence upon the development of arrhythmias mention the following:
– Lack of exercise.
– Diseases of the heart.
Diagnoses and treatment of arrhythmias
Faced with symptoms that may indicate an arrhythmia, we recommend a quick visit to the specialist to diagnose the possible existence (blood pressure, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, etc.)
This visit is particularly urgent if you feel pain in your chest, breathing problems, dizziness or fainting. Once the diagnosis is achieved, the doctor will decide the best course of treatment. (Electric shock, pacemakers, medication etc.).
The natural treatment of arrhythmias involves using a series of natural resources that help prevent them or reduce their symptoms.
More information about arrhythmia natural treatments.
Characteristics of arrhythmias