Any condition that puts a strain on the heart or damages heart tissue can increase your risk of tachycardia. Lifestyle changes or medical treatment may decrease the risk associated with the following factors:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Heavy caffeine use
  • Use of recreational drugs
  • Psychological stress or anxiety

Other risk factors

Other factors that may increase the risk of tachycardia include:

  • Older age. Aging-related wear on the heart makes you more likely to develop tachycardia.
  • Family. If you have a family history of tachycardia or other heart rhythm disorders, you may have an increased risk of tachycardia.
May. 25, 2011