LISTEN TO THE BEAT
CHRISTIAN MIKE SIMMONS
We all have our favorite music we like to listen to.
The beat of the music relaxes us, inspires us, and gets us ready to take on the day.
But one beat we should listen to and love, more than any other, is our heartbeat.
The beating of our hearts helps to keep us living by sending the blood where it needs to go, supplies much needed oxygen to our tissue, and removes carbon dioxide along with other wastes.
We have all heard of the many fatal conditions associated with hearts not beating properly, but not all of us know the nature of irregular heartbeats.
In this article, we will unlock some of the causes of irregular heartbeats, the health risks, and what can be done about them.
IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS. WHAT ARE THEY?
An irregular heartbeat is called an Arrhythmia.
Arrhythmia can come from our hearts beating too fast, too slow, too early, or just plain not beating the way that they should.
These arrhythmias primarily occur when the electrical signals that tell our hearts to beat a certain way get corrupted.
Think of it like a loose wire in a light fixture. The light from the bulb may flicker, or worse yet, not shine at all.
While a lot of these arrhythmias are not harmful, there are some that are.
Some are even fatal.
Now that we know a little about irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias, what could cause them?
Keep reading to find out.
CAUSES OF ARRHYTHMIAS
With such a necessity as the heartbeat, it is important to note that there are a lot of different situations that can cause our hearts not to beat properly.
Below are some of the more common causes of arrhythmias.
Alcohol and drug abuse (both illegal and prescription)
Drinking too much caffeine
Mental and emotional stress
High blood pressure
Heart attacks and heart failure
And these are just some of them.
Consult with a doctor or go online for more information about what can cause arrhythmias.
Next, we will go into the typical symptoms of two types of arrhythmias.
One where the heart beats too fast (called tachycardia) and the other where the heart beats too slow (called bradycardia).
SYMPTOMS OF TACHYCARDIA
Feelings of weakness
Fainting spells or dizziness
SYMPTOMS OF BRADYCARDIA
The symptoms of bradycardia are the same as tachycardia with a few additions
Trouble concentrating or confusion
Now that we know what to look for, what are some of the ways we can prevent arrhythmias from happening to us?
NATUAL WAYS TO STOP ARRHYTHMIAS
Relaxation- calm the inner beast before he bites back.
Stop drugs, alcohol, and smoking- this should be a no-brainer
Caffeine free- reduce intake of caffeine
Keep hydrated- water is good for all of us
Electrify it- keep electrolytes regulated by eating foods high in potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium
Get in shape- keep the blood flowing by having a regular exercise routine but do not overdo it
What about if we have a severe case of arrhythmia? Are there treatments for them?
If the symptoms of the arrhythmia are so severe that medical attention is necessary, our doctors may do the following.
TREATMENTS FOR BRADYCARDIA
First, our doctors would have to determine the cause of the bradycardia
If no outside cause can be found, a pacemaker may need to be installed.
TREATMENTS FOR TACHYCARDIA
Medications- While this will not stop the problem, it will reduce its frequency
Surgically, there are several procedures our doctors have at their disposal. Here are three of them.
Maze Procedure- Where he doctor makes incisions in the heart that heal into scars which forms blocks that guide the electrical impulses
ICD- This is where a device is placed below the left collarbone that stimulates our hearts to beat properly if it should beat too fast
Coronary bypass surgery- Where our doctors use the veins and arteries from other parts of our bodies to compensate for the areas that have become too narrow for blood to flow through properly.
This concludes the article on irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. I hope you have gained a deeper understanding of heartbeats and what we can do to keep the heart beating the way it should.
Stay tuned for the next article where we will delve into care for your eyes.
As always…TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!