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Doctor explains why high blood pressure can cause arrhythmia

Doctor explains why high blood pressure can cause arrhythmia Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

High blood pressure can cause not only headaches and dizziness, but also a potentially life-threatening heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation (AFib). Doctor Mykhailo Tsiurak explains why this can be dangerous.

Why can hypertension cause disruption of heart rhythm?

Prolonged elevation of blood pressure leads to remodeling of the myocardium of our heart.

Myocardial remodeling is a change in the structure and size of the muscle fibers of the heart. Alteration of fiber structure disrupts the conduction of electrical impulses through the heart, resulting in various arrhythmias, including AFib.

AFib can lead to the formation of clots in the cardiovascular system, which is life-threatening.

The doctor advises to monitor blood pressure and not to forget to regularly take medication for hypertension if you have it.

Hypertension prevention:

  • Minimize stress. Avoid negativity, learn to perceive everything around you more simply.
  • Get enough sleep. Go to bed on time and sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Take a 20-30 minute walk before bed. A walk in nice weather will make your sleep stronger.
  • Quit smoking if you do.
  • Minimize sugar and salt intake. Also, consume coffee and alcohol in moderation.
  • Exercise should be part of your life. Increase the load gradually and avoid overexertion.