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Risk Factors for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
- Nicotine from smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products
- Excess alcohol intake
- Excess caffeine
- Over-the-counter medications, such as cough and cold medicines
- Dietary and herbal supplements
- Prescription medications that are used to treat:
- Illegal stimulants, such as cocaine and methedrine
Other Risk Factors
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Who is at risk for an arrhythmia? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/arr/atrisk.html. Updated July 1, 2011. Accessed March 19, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 03/19/2014