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Heart health - Arrhythmia checklist

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This checklist has been designed to help you determine whether you have a heart rhythm problem. If you have more than one of the symptoms below, see your GP.

  • Have you fainted or passed out during exercise, while emotional or when startled?
  • Have you ever fainted or passed out after exercise?
  • Have you ever had extreme shortness of breath during exercise?
  • Have you ever had extreme fatigue associated with exercise (much more so than others of your age and level of fitness)?
  • Have you ever had discomfort, pain or pressure in your chest during exercise?
  • Has a doctor ever ordered a test for your heart?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with an unexplained seizure or fit?
  • Have you been diagnosed with epilepsy that fails to respond to medication?
  • Have you ever had exercise-induced asthma that medication didn't control well? 
  • Are there any family members who had a sudden, unexpected or unexplained death before the age of 50 (including cot death, car accident or drowning)?
  • Are there any family members who died suddenly of heart problems before they were 50?
  • Are there any family members who have had unexplained fainting or seizures?

Do you have any relatives with the following conditions:

  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - thickening of the heart muscles
  • long QT syndrome - a condition that results in a very fast, abnormal heart rhythm that can cause fainting
  • short QT syndrome - a congenital abnormality in the electrical activity within the muscle cells of the heart
  • Brugada syndrome - a rare genetic condition that causes the heart to beat so fast that it can affect blood circulation
  • Marfan syndrome - a genetic condition that affects the body's connective tissues
  • heart attack at age 50 or younger
  • pacemaker or implanted defibrillator

Source: Arrhythmia Alliance

Medical Review: July 26, 2013

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