arrhythmia arrhythmia  /ə ˈrɪð mi ə/


  • (n) an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart


  1. Many doctors used to give anti-arrhythmia drugs to everyone who experienced irregular heartbeats after a heart attack because severely irregular beats could rapidly prove fatal.
  2. The coroner's report listed as Elvis' cause of death coronary arrhythmia; Jackson was rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.
  3. All the tests were negative except arrhythmia, which was never noticed in earlier EKG checks.


  1. Lifelong Skiers Show Increased Risk of Developing Heart Arrhythmias

    A study published Tuesday is getting a lot of press for showing that cross-country skiers are at a higher risk of heart arrhythmias, and are more likely to have one the more Vasaloppets they complete and the faster they race them. When the data was first publicized two years ago, we asked - what are these things called arrhythmias, and why might skiers be having so many?
    on June 14, 2013     Source:

  2. Too Much, Too Fast: Cross-Country Skiing And Heart Arrhythmias

    When it comes to exercise it may be true that you can do too much or go too fast. It may seem counterintuitive but a new study finds that among cross-country skiers the risk of having a cardiac arrhythmia was highest in those who raced the fastest or most often.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Long-distance cross-country skiers at increased risk of heart rhythm disturbances

    Cross-country skiers who take part in one of the world’s most challenging ski races, the 90 km Vasaloppet in Sweden, are at increased risk of developing arrhythmia – problems with the rate or rhythm of their heart beat – according to a study of nearly 53,000 race participants.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "The good Lord has allowed me to coach," said Coles, who noted that he had triple-bypass surgery in 1985, and that "in '98 I had arrhythmia (which resulted in cardiac arrest) and they had to bring me back (to life) on the sidelines, and last...
    on Jan 20, 2009 By: Charlie Coles Source: Dayton Daily News

  2. "I've got diabetes, I've got congestive heart failure, I've got an irregular heartbeat - which is called arrhythmia - and I've got, at times, reduced kidney and liver function," said Caray, whose doctors need to keep a close eye on him to...
    on Apr 1, 2008 By: Skip Caray Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

  3. "I've had some experience with it," Loretta said. "My mom has had some arrhythmia and gone through some things like that, it was stress-related. I was able to talk to David a little bit about that yesterday and he had some questions about it....
    on Aug 29, 2006 By: Mark Loretta Source:

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