When there is an abnormality as far as the timing and pattern of the heart beat is concerned, it can be termed arrhythmia. The patients suffering from it either have a heartbeat that is too fast or slow, or there may be an occurrence of an irregular rhythm in which it feels like the heart is skipping a beat. There are some kinds of arrhythmia that are not serious, while there are other types that can be of grave concern as they may cause fainting or even sudden heart failure, causing death.
When it comes to the heart, it is a four-chambered muscle that is known to pump blood, which in turn carries oxygen as well as nutrients across the body. Notably, the two upper chambers of the heart receive as well as collect the blood while the lower chambers pump it to the other parts of the body.
The right rhythm of the heart depends a lot on this activity. Significantly, the heart uses the contractions of the muscles to pump blood all across the body. It is a small burst of electricity that causes the muscles to contract. Some of the many symptoms of arrhythmia range from fainting, palpitations, dizziness, and low blood pressure to chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, heart failure, and cardiac arrest. Surprisingly, there are possibilities where arrhythmias are silent, as in they cause no symptoms and can only be detected through pulse examinations, listening to the heart, or performing tests.
Congenital abnormality of the heart’s electrical system or an inherited heart issue or changes with time especially after the age of 50 or an acquired heart condition such as a heart attack can result in developing Arrhythmia.