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Arrhythmia is a medical term for an irregular heartbeat pattern. A person might miss some heartbeats or have more or less than the normal number of heartbeats in this situation. The fact that someone has an arrhythmia does not necessarily point to a heart problem. Even people with healthy hearts experience these irregularities from time to time. They might not even be aware of what is happening because they have no symptoms. Sometimes a doctor discovers this problem during a standard medical checkup. It can be a serious matter for heart disease sufferers but no cause for concern if the person is otherwise healthy.

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The Heart is Palpitating

If a person feels that their heart is palpitating, they might be experiencing an arrhythmia. Obviously, if they have been running hard to catch a train this feeling almost certainly relates to all the extra work their heart has just performed. Situations of high tension or excitement also commonly affect heartbeat. However, suppose they feel this sensation while relaxing at home watching TV. If they cannot connect the heart palpitations to any actions recently performed, it could be an arrhythmia. If they have a history of heart disease, they need to get an immediate check-up, but in all events, consulting a doctor is a wise move.

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A fluttering feeling

A look through the medical reports of arrhythmia patients shows that quite a few of them describe how they had a strange "fluttering" sensation in their necks or chest. Unless you are unfortunate enough to experience this symptom if is probably going to be hard to envisage what exactly they felt. The lesson to take away is that any strange sensations in these areas of the body are matters of interest to the doctor. They will certainly want to check if this might be an arrhythmia symptom or something it is safe to ignore.

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Shortness of breath

Whoever experiences breathing difficulties, or tightness around their chest, is naturally going to become concerned. If the shortness of breath is not connected with some energetic physical activity recently performed, it could be another common arrhythmia symptom. People also need to take into account that once they pass a certain age experiencing a shortage of breath becomes more common. Due to the heart's vital role, it is better to err on the side of caution and get a checkup, but remember it could be a natural phenomenon.

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Becoming dizzy

Dizzy spells or feelings of light-headedness understandably cause real concern to whoever is experiencing them, However, people with low blood pressure problems often experience dizziness now and again. Arrhythmia reduces the blood flow to the brain and can produce dizziness similar to that felt by low blood pressure sufferers. Someone with a medical history of low blood pressure issues has no reason to imagine they could be suffering from an arrhythmia, but if they have not had such problems previously, they should get a checkup.

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Fainting

This could easily happen after a spell of dizziness. It may occur because of the way arrhythmia affects t heartbeat. A change in heartbeat might cut the blood flow to the brain, and consequently, this person faints. Fainting has many other possible causes with many of them quite benign, but if arrhythmia causes this the potential consequences could be deadly. It is foolish to speculate what made someone faint since the earlier treatment commences, the more effective it is going to be. Therefore, whoever faints needs to get immediate medical assistance.

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Heavy sweating

Just as the average person might not be familiar with the term "arrhythmia," they also probably will not associate sweating heavily with a heart condition. It is so easy to assume this sweating comes from over-exertion or perhaps blame it on an over-heated building. There is also no need to go to the opposite extreme and assume the sweating inevitably indicates a heart problem. The sensible way to proceed is to be aware there could be some issue that needs medical attention and seek medical attention if the sweating persists.

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Chest pains

In the popular imagination chest pains frequently get associated with heart attacks. Someone who worries excessively over these matters is likely to go to the doctor even when there is no need to do so. A heart attack is far from the only possible cause of chest pains. The cause could be a minor issue such as bad indigestion, or it could perhaps be an arrhythmia symptom. Sometimes arrhythmia sufferers describe a feeling in the chest that is more one of pressure than pain. Without turning yourself into a hypochondriac, it is always better to get these pains or pressures diagnosed rather than ignore them.

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Weakness

A few of the common symptoms of arrhythmia are so general it is impossible for someone without medical knowledge to know that this is their health problem. Weakness is a classic case. Sometimes the cause might be an infection or virus. Or maybe this person is experiencing some emotional problems that also affect their physical health. Nobody can know that this is an arrhythmia symptom without a professional diagnosis.

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Overcome by anxiousness

Anxiety is another of those general feelings that could be connected to arrhythmia but also have numerous other causes. If there are no external factors likely to make the patient feel so anxious, the chance of an arrhythmia link increases. The only way to know for sure is via a thorough medical examination.

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Fatigue

Many physical and emotional health problems have fatigue as one of their common symptoms. Businesspeople and others who lead very hectic lifestyles also easily develop fatigue. It takes a skilled doctor to work out that this patient's fatigue comes from arrhythmia rather than any of the other multiple causes. However, if the fatigue persists in interfering with their normal functioning, the investigation is worthwhile making.

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