Abnormal heart rate linked to increased chance of heart disease


February 17, 2011

Researchers have recently concluded that individuals with abnormal heart rate turbulence may be at a higher risk of suffering from a fatal heart problem, even if their chances are low otherwise, according to SeniorJournal.com.

“These are people we do not expect to die of cardiac causes,” study author Dr. Phyllis Stein said, the news source reports. “They appear healthy, but they’re not. We have shown a way they’re not healthy that isn’t showing up using standard tests.”

Heart problems are a very serious threat to one’s health. To prepare for unexpected medical problems, one may want to install a personal emergency response system in their home. These medical alert systems can be used to immediately send a medical alarm to doctors.

Abnormal heart rate turbulence occurs when there is an early beat in the left ventricle, which can apply stress to the heart. Individuals who were already at risk due to gender, age and weight and also had this condition were found to be 8 to 9 times more likely to die from a heart attack, the news source reports.

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