Diseases and Conditions

Signs of an Irregular Heartbeat

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Shortness of Breath


When an individual has arrhythmia they are likely to experience shortness of breath due to the fact that the heart does not release an adequate amount of blood to the other parts of the body. Individuals with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, one type of tachycardia-a super high heart rate, are most likely to experience shortness of breath. WPW causes an irregular electrical pathway within the heart, which leads to this increase in heart rate. This condition is a result of a congenital abnormality. WPW can cause a heart rate as high as 240 beats per minute (just to compare, the typical range is within 60 to 80 beats). This, not surprisingly, can lead to heart palpitations, pain in the chest, and feelings of chest pressure.