Arrhythmia Chapter 7

Risk Factors

A number of factors may increase your risk of developing an arrhythmia, some of which you can control, and some of which you can't:

  • Age
  • Genetics (being born with a heart abnormality)
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Some over-the-counter drugs, such as cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine
  • Certain prescription drugs, including amphetamines
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Overconsumption of caffeine, found in coffee, tea, colas and other soft drinks. Caffeine is also found in guarana, frequently an ingredient in energy drinks.
  • Use of ephedra and ephedrine, dietary supplements related to adrenaline
  • Use of creatine, a dietary supplement

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Testing & Diagnosis

Resetting the Heart's Rhythm

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