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Miley Cyrus' constant partying is worsening her tachycardia - Are you doing the same to yours?

by , 08 November 2013

Good girl gone bad, Miley Cyrus, is in the news once again. This time, it's because her friends are worried about her constant partying. But it's not drug or alcohol abuse they're worried about, it's her heart! The ‘Wrecking Ball' singer suffers from tachycardia. These reports have cast the spotlight on tachycardia. Here's what you need to know about tachycardia…

According to an All4Women report, a source told Heat magazine: “Miley’s issue [tachycardia] is basically benign, provided she leads a sober life. The problem is; she doesn’t. She’ll smoke most nights out and she makes no secret of her fondness of certain recreational pursuits.”

The source added “she has horrific mornings after, which are more like days. After the ‘Bangerz’ [album] launch party she stayed in bed with her dogs for a couple of days just getting her strength back.”

Miley’s constant partying has certainly cast the casts spotlight on tachycardia. And it’ll be a huge mistake to dismiss this story as just Hollywood gossip.

Tachycardia is a serious condition and you may not be immune to it.

What is tachycardia?

According to the Mayo Clinic, tachycardia is a faster than normal heart rate.

And they’re dangerous because they can seriously disrupt normal heart function, increase the risk of stroke or cause sudden cardiac arrest or death.

The medical website explains “a healthy adult heart normally beats 60 to 100 times a minute when a person is at rest. If you have tachycardia, the rate in the upper chambers or lower chambers of your heart, or both, are increased significantly.”

Your heart rate is controlled by electrical signals sent across heart tissues. Tachycardia happens when an abnormality in your heart produces rapid electrical signals.

When your heart's rate is too rapid, your heart may not effectively pump blood to the rest of your body. And this can deprive your organs and tissues of oxygen. This can cause the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Rapid pulse rate
  • Heart palpitations (a racing, uncomfortable or irregular heartbeat or a sensation of ‘flopping’ in your chest).
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting (syncope)

What causes tachycardia?

The Mayo Clinic explains that tachycardia is caused by something that disrupts the normal electrical impulses that control the rhythm of your heart’s pumping action. Many things can cause or contribute to problems with your heart’s electrical system including:

  • Damage to heart tissues from heart disease
  • Abnormal electrical pathways in the heart present at birth (congenital)
  • Disease or congenital abnormality of the heart
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Fever
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Drinking too many caffeinated beverages
  • A side effect of medications
  • Abuse of recreational drugs, such as cocaine
  • Imbalance of electrolytes, mineral-related substances necessary for conducting electrical impulses
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

In some cases, the exact cause of tachycardia can’t be determined.

Is there treatment for tachycardia?

But here’s the good news, a fast heartbeat may correct itself and you may be able to slow your heart rate using simple physical movements. Although, in some cases, you may need medication or other medical treatment to slow down your heartbeat.

Above all else, the best thing is to lead a healthy lifestyle and see your doctor when you notice tachycardia symptoms.

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