Common causes of arrhythmia include alcohol abuse, substance abuse, smoking, diabetes, excessive caffeine consumption, heart disease, high blood pressure, stress, hyperthyroidism, and certain medications.
Most arrhythmias are harmless and do not cause any serious complications. However, when a highly irregular heartbeat is observed, or when the patient already has a weak or damaged heart, arrhythmia can cause potentially fatal symptoms.
Yes, stress can cause arrhythmia.
Avoid drinking too much caffeine (coffee, tea, aerated bverages, energy drinks, etc). Also, quit smoking and alcohol consumption.
Arrhythmia treatment is only necessary when the patient is at risk for further complications like a stroke or heart attack. Devices called pacemakers are commonly used to treat bradycardia. The following techniques are used to treat tachycardia: medication, surgery, vagal maneuvers, ablation therapy, cardioversion, surgery, etc.
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