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Causes & Symptoms of Arrhythmia

Symptoms of Heart Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia can be "silent" and may not cause any symptoms, but among individuals who experience symptoms, common complaints include:

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Fast or slow heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Light-headedness, dizziness
  • Paleness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skipping beats - changes in the pattern of the pulse
  • Sweating

Find out more about the tests that diagnose arrhythmia and AFib.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors of arrhythmia include:

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Medications and supplements
  • Obesity
  • Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • Pericarditis
  • Smoking
  • Valvular heart disease