Rapid Heartbeat is a faster than normal heart rate at rest. A healthy adult heart normally beats 60 to 100 times a minute when a person is at rest.
Heart rate is controlled by electrical signals sent across heart tissues.
When your heart's rate is too rapid, it may not effectively pump blood to the rest of your body, depriving your organs and tissues of oxygen.
* Shortness of breath
* Rapid pulse rate
* Chest Pain
Many things can cause or contribute to problems with the heart's electrical system. These factors include:
* Damage to heart tissues from Heart disease
* Disease or congenital abnormality of the heart
* Sudden stress, such as fright
* High blood pressure
* Drinking too much alcohol
* Drinking too many caffeinated beverages
* Medication side effects
* Abuse of recreational drugs, such as cocaine
* Heart disease
* High blood pressure
* Heavy alcohol use
* Heavy caffeine use
* Use of recreational drugs
* Psychological stress or anxiety
Other risk factors
Older age. Aging-related wear on the heart makes you more likely to develop a rapid heartbeat
Family. If you have a family history or other heart rhythm disorders, you may have an increase risk.
Possible complications include:
* Blood clots that can cause a Stroke or Heart attack
* Inability of the heart to pump enough blood (Heart failure)
* Frequent fainting spells
* Sudden death, usually only associated with Ventricular tachycardia or Ventricular fibrillation
LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES
The most effective way to prevent rapid Heartbeat is to reduce your risk of developing Heart disease. If you already have Heart disease, monitor it and follow your treatment plan to lower the risk.
Prevent Heart disease
Treat or eliminate risk factors that may lead to Heart disease. Take the following steps:
Exercise and eat a healthy diet. Live a heart-healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a healthy, low-fat diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing Heart disease.
Keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control. Make lifestyle changes and take medications as prescribed to correct High blood pressure (hypertension) or High cholesterol.
Drink in moderation. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger. For some conditions it's recommended that you completely avoid alcohol.
Don't use recreational drugs. Don't use stimulants, such as cocaine.
Use over-the-counter medications with caution. Some cold and cough medications contain stimulants that may trigger a rapid heartbeat.
Limit caffeine. If you drink caffeinated beverages, do so in moderation.
Control stress. Avoid unnecessary stress and learn coping techniques to handle normal stress in a healthy way.
Go to scheduled checkups. Have regular physical exams and report any signs or symptoms to health care professionals.
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