A heart arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can be a byproduct of damage to the heart from disease or age.
Lifestyle and home remedies
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Tests and diagnosis
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a test that provides valuable clues about your heart health. Here's what you need to know about the test.
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A stress test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease and heart arrhythmias, as well as guide treatment of heart disorders.
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