Heart health - Arrhythmia checklist
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 - a rare genetic condition that causes the heart to beat so fast that it can affect blood circulation Brugada syndrome - a genetic condition that affects the body's connective tissues Marfan syndrome heart attack at age 50 or younger pacemaker or implanted defibrillator Source: Arrhythmia Alliance
July 26, 2013
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