Symptoms of Heart Rhythm Disorders

Sometimes, we all feel our heart beating very fast or we feel a fluttering in the chest. These can be signs of a Heart Rhythm Disorder (HRD), or an abnormal heartbeat. There is no need to panic if these symptoms are occasional; Heart Rhythm Disorders/Arrhythmia are very common, particularly as we grow older.

While most cases of Heart Rhythm Disorders are harmless, some are extremely dangerous and require immediate medical attention and treatment. It is important to consult a doctor if the related symptoms persist and occur repeatedly.

Heart Rhythm Disorders can occur without signs and symptoms, or can create a wide range of indications, from just about noticeable to cardiovascular collapse and death. Common symptoms include -

  • Premature beats or palpitations – (described as racing heart) heart beats that occur often or in rapid succession, causing a fluttering sensation in the chest or neck
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • A sensation of the heart pausing in between beats
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Syncope – a fainting spell that occurs when the heart does not pump sufficient blood to the brain
  • Near-syncope – a feeling of light-headedness, weakness or dizziness, generally lasting only a few seconds
  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath (dyspnoea)
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Sometimes, Heart Rhythm Disorders in healthy people can be caused by issues related to medications, past diseases (including thyroid problems), diet and stress.

The symptoms of HRD may be similar to many other conditions and some may even be disregarded by unsuspecting patients. It is imperative to take notice of persistent uneven heartbeats, or irregular heartbeats that occur more recurrently and last longer. Visit your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms.


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