Cardiac arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. While a palpitation is irregular also, it is usually mild and will correct itself. The condition usually does not correct itself, but it can be treated. What happens is that the heart beats either too slow or too fast. What happens is the electrical impulses that control the heart beat become uncoordinated and ineffective.
The heart beat is irregular, beating either too fast or too slow. With an arrhythmia, you may become tired easily, experience shortness of breath and feel lightheaded. Other symptoms may include angina, near syncope or syncope, palpitations, hypotension, heart failure, stroke, dyspnea and arterial embolism. Other symptoms may include fainting, confusion, difficulty breathing when lying down and sensation of tightness in the chest.
Cardiac arrhythmia is caused by chaotic electrical impulses in the heart. The normal coordination between the atria and the ventricles of the heart is lost and the heart rate becomes irregular. These irregularities can be caused by stress, caffeine, tobacco use, alcohol, diet pills and cold medications. Hyperthyroidism, hypertension, alcoholism and other diseases may contribute to the condition. It is more common in the elderly, although it can occur at any age.
It is a serious condition that should be assessed by a medical doctor. Untreated it can result in death. Herbs can help support the cardiovascular system, however. Before taking any herb when you have cardiac issues, be sure that your physician is aware of your plans and ask if there are any potential interactions with any medications you are already taking.