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A disturbance in the electrical impulses to the heart which results in an irregular rhythm or rate of heartbeat.
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|Noun||1.||cardiac arrhythmia - an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart|
flutter - abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block
cantering rhythm, gallop rhythm - cardiac rhythm characterized by the presence of an extra sound; can indicate a heart abnormality
atrial fibrillation - fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart
bradycardia - abnormally slow heartbeat
Adams-Stokes syndrome, atrioventricular block, heart block, Stokes-Adams syndrome - recurrent sudden attacks of unconsciousness caused by impaired conduction of the impulse that regulates the heartbeat
premature ventricular contraction, PVC - irregularity of cardiac rhythm; recurrent occurrences can be a precursor of ventricular fibrillation
tachycardia - abnormally rapid heartbeat (over 100 beats per minute)
ventricular fibrillation - fibrillation of heart muscles resulting in interference with rhythmic contractions of the ventricles and possibly leading to cardiac arrest