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Abnormally Rapid Heartbeats May Be Present at Birth (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmias, Dr. Tchou, electrophysiology, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

Your heart has its own electrical system, and like any electrical system, sometimes issues occur with the “wiring.” When this happens — usually due to a condition someone is born with — the result is an abnormally rapid heartbeat.


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How Black Licorice Can Make Your Heart Jump

Tags: arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, potassium

Black licorice lovers take note: The FDA warns that in rare occurrences, one of your faves may cause your heart to skip a beat, and not in the good way.


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It’s True—We Can Be ‘Scared to Death’

Tags: A. Marc Gillinov MD, adrenalin, arrhythmias, blood pressure, fight-or-flight response, Halloween, heart attack, heart rate, stress cardiomyopathy

“Fight or flight” response can be dangerous for people with heart problems and even for those with normal hearts.