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Arrhythmia

Also known as Irregular Heartbeat, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Heart Arrhythmia, Cardiac Dysrhythmia, and Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Cardiac dysrhythmia (also known as arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat) is any of a large and heterogeneous group of conditions in which there is abnormal electrical activity in the heart. The heartbeat may be too fast or too slow, and may be regular or irregular. A heart beat that is too fast is called tachycardia and a heart beat that is too slow is called bradycardia. Although many arrhythmias are not life-threatening, some can cause cardiac arrest.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with arrhythmia, 61% report having palpitations, 50% report having sharp chest pain, and 48% report having dizziness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of arrhythmia are palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and increased heart rate, although you may still have arrhythmia without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with arrhythmia often receive electrocardiogram, hematologic tests, complete blood count, radiographic imaging procedure, glucose measurement, plain x-ray, intravenous fluid replacement and kidney function tests .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with arrhythmia include diltiazem, amiodarone, isosorbide, flecainide, adenosine, sotalol, propafenone, mexiletine, cilostazol, metolazone, ibutilide, dronedarone (multaq) and famciclovir .

Diltiazem
$31
(28 days)
Amiodarone
$18
(28 days)
Isosorbide
$12
(28 days)
Flecainide
$39
(28 days)
Adenosine

Sotalol
$19
(28 days)
Propafenone
$93
(28 days)
Mexiletine
$34
(28 days)
Cilostazol
$28
(28 days)
Metolazone
$22
(28 days)
Ibutilide

Dronedarone (Multaq)
$209
(28 days)
Famciclovir
$201
(14 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for arrhythmia include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.2x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
0.8x
60-74 years
1.9x
75+ years
3.6x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.5x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.2x
Other
1.5x
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