A heart arrhythmia can be congenital, occur secondary to another diseases like diabetes or congestive heart failure, develop from environmental factors like emotional stress, or be a result of lifestyle choices like tobacco or alcohol abuse. It’s important to seek professional advice from cardiology specialists to manage or prevent arrhythmia.
While congenital arrhythmias are present from birth, most other causes of arrhythmia are associated with certain risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing it. Some can be managed. Some are unavoidable. Both are important considerations to speak with your healthcare provider about to assess the potential for complications, such as your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Let’s explore the manageable and unmanageable risk factors of arrhythmias, questions you should ask, and treatment and prevention methods.
Manageable Vs Unmanageable Risk Factors
By manageable, this means that these risk factors can be controlled by lifestyle changes, medications, and medical interventions your healthcare provider may recommend. Unmanageable risk factors are those that are out of your control or ability to change.
- High bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol
- Tobacco use
- Sedentary lifestyles
You can work with your healthcare provider to alter these risk factors, such as through a tobacco cessation program, diet and exercise lifestyle changes, and natural and prescriptive ways to manage cholesterol and blood pressure.
- History if heart attack or stroke
- Family history/genetics
Again, you may not be able to prevent the development of arrhythmia if you have the above unmanageable risk factors. What you can do is consult with your healthcare provider on the ways to prevent future and worsening symptoms.
Schedule Your Next Cardiology Appointment to Discuss Risk Factors
Contact CAIAZ's local cardiology clinic to schedule an appointment or discuss your arrhythmia treatment in Mesa today.
We have a central schedule number for all our offices in Arizona. Call us at (480) 889-1573 to schedule your appointment today!