<p>An <a href="/health/arrhythmia-symptoms/what-different-types-of-arrhythmia">arrhythmia</a> is an irregular heartbeat. Your heart may beat too quickly, too slowly or erratically. Arrhythmias are common, and even <a href="/health/arrhythmia/what-types-heart-rhythms-children">children</a> can have them. The abnormal rhythms may be harmless or life-threatening, depending on whether the <a href="/health/arrhythmia/what-are-supraventricular-arrhythmias">upper</a> or <a href="/health/arrhythmia/what-are-ventricular-arrhythmias">lower</a> part of the heart is affected, and how well the heart is able to continue pumping blood.</p>
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What is a heart arrhythmia?
<p>Arrhythmia is a fancy word for irregular heartbeat. The term irregular simply means that the heart is not beating at a steady, regular pace. Extremely fast, slow and erratic heartbeats may be labeled irregular, however the patient's overall picture must be considered before jumping to conclusions. A runner, for instance, may be diagnosed with the arrhythmia of bradycardia -- or a heart rate less than 40 beats per minute. However, a slow heartbeat is normal in most athletes due to the strength of their heart muscle and supreme cardiovascular function.</p><p>Cardiac arrhythmias have myriad etiologies, from drinking too much caffeine to a peacemaking disorder within the heart. Some arrhythmias can be detected from simply taking a pulse -- the pulse will feel irregular, extremely fast or extremely slow. If you are concerned, see your doctor.</p>
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