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Symptoms of Extrasystoles

The following features are indicative of Extrasystoles:
  • odd sensation in chest
  • heart fluttering
  • heart pounding or jumping feeling
  • skipped beats or missed beats
  • increased awareness of heartbeat
  • feeling of flip-flops
It is possible that Extrasystoles shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Extrasystoles

The following are the most common causes of Extrasystoles:
  • underlying heart disease
  • scarring
  • unstable electrical impulses
  • chemical changes or imbalances in the body
  • asthma medications
  • alcohol

Other Causes of Extrasystoles

The following are the less common causes of Extrasystoles:
  • illegal drugs
  • increased levels of adrenaline in the body
  • injury to the heart muscle

Risk Factors for Extrasystoles

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Extrasystoles:
  • caffeine
  • tobacco
  • alcohol
  • exercise
  • hypertension
  • anxiety
  • congenital heart disease
  • coronary artery disease
  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • weakened heart muscle (cardiomyopathy)
  • males
  • older age

Prevention of Extrasystoles

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Extrasystoles.

Occurrence of Extrasystoles

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Extrasystoles cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Extrasystoles can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Extrasystoles can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Extrasystoles

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Extrasystoles:
  • Standard electrocardiogram (ECG): To create a graphical record of the electrical signals traveling through heart
  • Exercise stress ECG: To record heart's electrical activity while walking on a treadmill or pedaling an exercise bike

Doctor for Diagnosis of Extrasystoles

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Extrasystoles:
  • Cardiologist

Complications of Extrasystoles if untreated

Yes, Extrasystoles causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Extrasystoles is left untreated:
  • arrhythmias
  • cardiomyopathy
  • chaotic, dangerous heart rhythms
  • sudden cardiac death

Procedures for Treatment of Extrasystoles

The following procedures are used to treat Extrasystoles:
  • Radiofrequency catheter ablation: To destroy the area of heart tissue that is causing irregular contractions

Self-care for Extrasystoles

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Extrasystoles:
  • Manage stress: Help preventing anxiety that trigger abnormal heartbeats
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs: Helps preventing symptoms of premature ventricular contractions

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Extrasystoles

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Extrasystoles:
  • Biofeedback: Helps providing relief from anxiety
  • Meditation: Helps providing relief from anxiety
  • Exercise: Helps managing stress

Patient Support for Treatment of Extrasystoles

The following actions may help Extrasystoles patients:
  • Join online support group: Help providing support to stressed individuals

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Extrasystoles.

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