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Can untreated arrhythmias cause blood clotting problems in females under age 50?

Can untreated arrhythmias cause blood clotting problems in females under age 50? If any symptoms, what are the most common symptoms women experience? Should these symptoms be evaluated and treated if the symptoms do not go away and stay away? I do NOT have a specialist--cardiologist nor an internal medicine doctor. Health coverage changed recently.

submitted by Christina from Whitehall, Ohio on 3/30/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD    

George Younis, MDArrhythmias typically cause palpitations. There are a few types of arrhythmias that can lead to blood clots forming in the heart which can subsequently become dislodged and cause strokes or other problems. However, I would not say that arrhythmias cause blood clotting problems per se. When people refer to blood clotting problems, they are usually referring to spontaneous clots that form in the legs or sometimes the arms, and these are not related to arrhythmias.

If you are experiencing arrhythmias then, yes, you should consider having it evaluated.      

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