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Heart Arrhythmias in Women

July 17, 2016 12:00 PM

Women have many reasons to experience heart arrhythmias (irregularities in the heartbeat). Stress, caffeine, alcohol, or diet pills can trigger a rhythm change, often felt in the neck or chest as palpitations. Women can also develop an arrhythmia due to an overactive thyroid or hormonal changes during pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause. In addition, diabetes or heart valve disease often trigger an irregular heartbeat. One of the most common arrhythmias in women is called: supraventricular tachycardia, which means a rapid heartbeat stemming from the upper region of the heart. Another common heart rhythm disturbance is atrial fibrillation, generated in the atria (upper chambers of the heart).

Women frequently find many reasons to put off seeing a cardiologist when they experience a rapid heartbeat or feel palpitations. Family, work, and other duties always seem to come first. However, there is a strong connection between arrhythmias and more serious problems including heart attack, stroke, and even sudden cardiac death. Early detection and intervention are key to long term survival. Today, there are several very effective medications and procedures to control or eliminate cardiac arrhythmias.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists skilled in diagnosing and treating women’s heart issues, call: 855.385.HEAL (4325).

 

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