Some lifestyle factors can
raise your risk of having an episode of
supraventricular tachycardia, such as overuse of
nicotine or alcohol, or use of illegal drugs, such as stimulants like
cocaine or methamphetamine.
Decongestants that contain stimulants
should also be avoided, including oxymetazoline (such as Afrin and other
brands) and pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed and other brands). Doctors also
warn against using nonprescription diet pills or "pep" pills, because many
contain ephedra, ephedrine, the herb ma huang, or other
Which one of the following statements is true?
Each year, heart disease claims the lives of more women then breast cancer and lung cancer combined.
A greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men.
The death rate of African-American women due to cardiovascular disease is greater than white women.
Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
The answer: All of them. And experts say they represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the...
Conditions that affect the lungs, such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
heart failure, and
pulmonary embolism, can raise your risk for multifocal
atrial tachycardia (MAT), a type of supraventricular tachycardia.
Many experts believe that
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome may in some cases be
inherited. If you have a first-degree relative, which is a parent, brother, or
sister, with this disorder and he or she has symptoms, talk with your doctor
about your risk for this abnormal heart rhythm.
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March 12, 2014
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