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4th – 10th June is World Heart Rhythm Week. The annual event is organised by the Arrhythmia Alliance. The event aims to promote effective diagnoses and treatment of heart arrhythmia (a disorder affecting the rhythm of the heartbeat). Throughout the week, charities and professionals will work together to raise awareness of heart arrhythmia amongst the medical profession and the general public. The theme for 2018 is ‘Take Fainting to Heart’.
Every year over 2 million people throughout the UK suffer with Arrhythmias or heart rhythm issues that can affect any age group. However, most people who are diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm, if diagnosed properly can lead a normal life. The main types of arrhythmia are:
An Arrhythmia can be silent and not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include the following:
A doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during a physical exam by taking your pulse or you could be referred for an ECG.
When you visit the doctor they will review your symptoms and your medical history then conduct a physical examination. The doctor might test you for conditions that may potentially trigger your arrhythmia such as heart disease or a problem with your thyroid gland. They could also refer you for tests which may include:
Exercise regularly – Exercise increases your heart’s strength and stamina. It also decreases your chances of having heart issues in the future. Research is ongoing regarding the effectiveness of several forms of complementary and alternative medical therapies for arrhythmia. Some types of complementary and alternative therapies may be helpful to reduce stress, such as:
Adopt a healthier lifestyle – Certain substances can contribute to an irregular heartbeat, reducing your intake of these substances can help with your symptoms, these substances include:
Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight increases your risk of developing heart disease. If you want to get involved click here to order your Arrhythmia Alliance world Heart Rhythm Week pack. You can visit our online portal, which includes 4-week programs, advice articles and webinars to help with your health and wellbeing: www.healthassuredeap.com Phone: 0800 030 5182
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