What risk factors contribute to arrhythmia?

Many things increase your risk for arrhythmia. They include:
  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • illegal drugs
  • diet drugs
  • certain herbs
  • certain prescription medications
Some health conditions are risk factors for arrhythmia. For example, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes make you more likely to develop the condition. Arrhythmias are also more likely to develop as you grow older.
Vivek Y. Reddy, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Risk factors that may contribute to arrhythmia include:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Certain medications
  • Congenital birth defects
  • Recreational drug use, caffeine intake, and alcohol consumption

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