Risk Factors for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
A risk factor increases the chances of getting a disease or health problem. You can have arrhythmias with or without any of these listed below. The more risks you have, the higher your chances of having them. Talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take to lower your risk.
Arrhythmias are more common in people who are aged 60 years and older. It's in part due to wear and tear of an older heart. Other health or heart problems may also play a role. People who are older are more likely to have many health problems.
Any health issue that affects how the heart works can increase the risk of arrhythmias. The most common heart conditions:
Medicines and Other Substances TOP
Drugs or substances that can affect the rhythm of the heart:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
Last Updated: 1/4/2019
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