Measuring your heart rhythm regularly helps in prevention. Just as important as regular blood pressure measurements, Preventicus Heartbeats should therefore be your constant companion in situations occurring in life where heart rhythm disorders occur with a greater frequency and, if left undetected, can have fatal consequences in the face of risk factors like High blood pressure, Heart palpitations, Arrhythmia (or atrial fibrillation), Previous heart attack, Diabetes, Age > 55 years.
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Heart palpitations harmless to serious
Irregular heartbeats (extrasystoles), which present themselves as cardiac arrhythmias in many affected individuals, are usually entirely harmless and generally do not require a trip to the doctor's.
However, medical assessment is necessary when arrhythmias last for minutes or hours, or when they lead to other significant symptoms such as dizziness, impaired consciousness or shortness of breath. Further assessment is required when a heart condition is already present and arrhythmias emerge.
Clinical studies have shown that those who suffer from cardiac arrhythmias are more at risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
High blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia two dangerous companions - High blood pressure (hypertension) is by far the biggest risk factor when it comes to the development of cardiac arrhythmias.
There is a direct correlation between the blood pressure level and the probability of being afflicted by atrial fibrillation. The permanent pressure on the heart causes the myocardium to enlarge (hypertrophy). Due to this, the cardiac tissue no longer receives an optimal supply of blood and heart muscle cells begin to die off imperceptibly.
These cells are then replaced by connective tissue cells, which do not allow for adequate blood flow and therefore cause the normal “electrical system“ of the heart to go haywire, thus promoting cardiac arrhythmias.
Detect atrial fibrillation when it happens
Have you been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or any other kind of arrhythmia and received treatment?
This therapy relies on two principles. First, the blood needs to be “thinned out” regularly (by means of blood-thinning agents called anticoagulants) in order to prevent the accumulation of blood clots (thrombi) and thereby minimize one's risk of a stroke. Second, an attempt is made at normalizing the rhythm of the heart by drug treatment with antiarrhythmics or electrophysiological methods.
In most cases, these forms of heartbeat-stabilizing therapy are not permanent solutions. It is important, using responsible self-assessment, to be able to identify if and when cardiac arrhythmias happen. This way, your doctor will be able to decide on a form of therapy best suited for you.
Cardiac arrhythmia effects of a heart attack
A heart attack counts as one of the most frightening and distressing experiences in life. Now is the time to do everything in your power to ensure that such an event does not repeat itself. During a heart attack, regions of the heart tissue become damaged; myocardial cells die off and are overgrown with scar and connective tissue cells.
Such cells, however, are non-conductive and cause the regular “electrical system” of the heart to go haywire, thereby promoting the development of cardiac arrhythmias. This state is a very common late sequela of a heart attack. Up to one fifth of all heart attack patients develop atrial fibrillation.
Reducing risks after a stroke - A stroke counts as one of the most frightening and distressing experiences in life. Now is the time to do everything in your power to ensure that such an event does not repeat itself. You should try to minimize all risk factors and, above all, independently monitor your own health.
One major risk for another stroke would be the unexpected appearance of (previously untreated) atrial fibrillation or, for those already suffering from atrial fibrillation, after the effects of heartbeat stabilization therapy begin to wear off.
Diabetes and cardiac arrhythmia
The risk of suffering from cardiac arrhythmia in the form of atrial fibrillation is around two to three times higher for diabetics than in individuals with a healthy metabolism. That means diabetes is accompanied by a significantly higher risk for a stroke, as proven by numerous studies.
Particularly among younger diabetics, regular ECG tests or heart rhythm assessments are advisable to enable the rapid initiation of stroke prophylaxis, should atrial fibrillation occur. In the emergent or sporadically occurring phase of atrial fibrillation, the signs oftentimes do not show up on a standard ECG in the natural course at the doctor's practice.
For heart palpitations during menopause
The hormonal changes during menopause not only bring about frequent hot flushes and sudden profuse sweating, but can also give rise to noticeable differences in heartbeat regularity. For women, clinical studies have not explicitly proven any increased heart and circulation risks during and after menopause or the influence of hormone therapy.
Regardless, skipped heartbeats and a racing heart are not uncommon signs accompanying these changes to the woman's hormonal balance. The uncertainty as to whether these arrhythmias are harmless or indeed to be taken seriously is obviously another unpleasant accompaniment to the “change of life”.
Ensuring a healthy and vital life after 55
It is not only important to think of yourself, but also of your loved ones. The risk of atrial fibrillation doubles at the ages of 55 with each decade; no less than 10% of all 80-year-olds suffer from this condition.
Along with this comes the increased risk of late sequelae caused by atrial fibrillation; for 80-year-olds, the risk of suffering a stroke is already five times higher than in under 60-year-olds.