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Risk Factors and Prevention

Each of the following risk factors can increase your chances of developing a heart problem that could lead to an arrhythmia:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Previous heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure caused by a weakened heart
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Drug abuse
  • Stress
  • Advancing age
  • Certain medications, dietary supplements and herbal remedies

Reduce Your Risk:

To minimize your risk for developing an arrhythmia or heart disease, in general, reduce as many of the above risk factors as possible. Here are several strategies that can help:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices: Get regular exercise and follow a heart-healthy diet that is low in fat and rich in vegetables, fruits, lean protein such as chicken, fish and beans
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don't smoke. Smoking is the largest preventable cause of heart disease
  • Reduce stress: Avoid unnecessary stress in your life and find ways to manage or control the stress that is unavoidable
  • Get regular checkups: See your health care provider regularly and mention any symptoms you may be experiencing
  • Treat health problems that can contribute to heart disease: Keep high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and thyroid disease under control

(Information on this page came from the Heart Rhythm Society. More information about arrhythmias and treatment can be obtained at

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