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Should I call my doctor if I have an arrhythmia?

Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Practitioner
Call your doctor if you think you have an arrhythmia. Because an arrhythmia is a change or disturbance to your normal heart rhythm, it's important to seek immediate medical assistance to get a proper diagnosis and the correct treatment. With an arrhythmia, the heart rate is irregular, too fast (tachycardia), or too slow (bradycardia). An arrhythmia is caused when the heart's natural pacemaker (the sinus node) fires too rapidly, causing a fast heartbeat, or not fast enough, causing a slow heartbeat. Common triggers of arrhythmias include alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, decongestants, stress, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, or other health problems. If you experience an arrhythmia, you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

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