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The Heart & Diving

Arrhythmias: Introduction

**"By 2050, it is estimated that atrial fibrillation (AFib) will affect between 5.6 million and 12 million Americans."** The electrical wiring of your heart — which controls the rate at which your heart beats, every minute, hour and day, 365 days a year — is one of the most sophisticated and enduring pieces of nature's engineering. However, there are some irregularities that can occur in that wiring as well as damage that can be caused by disease, all of which can cause symptoms and increase the risk of premature death. Divers, and any physicians who treat them, should be familiar with arrhythmias and their effects on the safety of scuba divers.
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