How does arrhythmia affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some arrhythmias can be serious and lead to sudden cardiac arrest or stroke. If blood cannot be pumped efficiently from the heart, it may pool and clot, later clogging an artery and cutting off blood flow to the heart, brain, or other organs. If an arrhythmia causes your heart to pump inefficiently for an extended period, permanent damage can occur resulting in heart failure.
Some arrhythmias are fatal and require medical attention immediately.

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