Arrhythmia involves the conditions
heart rhythms, bradycardia or tachycardia.
An arrhythmia is a
disorder of the heart rate (pulse) or heart rhythm, such as
beating too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or
The electrical impulse that signals your heart to contract
begins in the sino-atrial node (also called the sinus node or SA
node). This is your heart's natural pacemaker. The signal
travels through the atria (upper two heart chambers) to reach AV
node and finally passes to ventricles (lower two heart
Arrhythmias are caused by problems with the heart's electrical
When an arrhythmia is present, your heartbeat
• Too slow (bradycardia)
• Too quick (tachycardia)
Problems can occur anywhere along this conduction system,
causing various arrhythmias.
The risk of getting a tachycardia or bradycardia varies
greatly, depending on:
• Blood chemistry imbalances, such as abnormal potassium levels
• Cardiomyopathy -- a weakening or a change in the heart muscle
• Heart failure
• Overactive thyroid gland
• Past heart attack
• Excessive consumption of caffeine or drugs like cocaine.
Common symptoms 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 and sweating.
Dietary Modification in ARRTHYMIA
intake of fast absorbing carbohydrates. Instead one should have
whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables particularly low-glycemic
*Considerable amounts of protein to be included particularly lean
meat or pulses and legumes.
potassium are considered important as these relax the heart
muscles and control the rhythmic movement of the heart. Include
lots of spinach lettuce, cucumbers, pumpkin, watercress, peas,
radish, plum,almonds, celery, melons, orange, pineapple, papaya,
banana, raspberries, beans, onion, lentils, avocados, grapes,
apricots, peaches, pears, etc.
caffeinated drinks and alcohols.
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