Arrhythmia Treatment

Many arrhythmias require no treatment whatsoever.

ArrhythmiaHowever, Arrhythmia treatment for serious cases will depend on what is causing the arrhythmia.

For some people, their Arrhythmia treatment will be to treat a known heart disease, as this is the cause of their Arrhythmia.

For others, the arrhythmia itself may be treated using one or more of the following treatments.

Drugs:
There are several kinds of drugs used to treat arrhythmias. One or more drugs may be used.

Drugs are carefully chosen because they can cause side effects. In some cases, they can cause arrhythmias or make arrhythmias worse.

For this reason, the benefits of the drug are carefully weighed against any risks associated with taking it. It is important not to change the dose or type of your medication unless you check with your doctor first.

If you are taking drugs for an arrhythmia, one of the following tests will probably be used to see whether treatment is working: a 24-hour electrocardiogram (ECG) while you are on drug therapy, an exercise ECG, or a special technique to see how easily the arrhythmia can be caused. Blood levels of antiarrhythmic drugs may also be checked.

Cardioversion:
To quickly restore a heart to its normal rhythm, the doctor may apply an electrical shock to the chest wall. Called cardioversion, this treatment is most often used in emergency situations. After cardioversion, drugs are usually prescribed to prevent the arrhythmia from recurring.

Automatic implantable defibrillators:
These devices are used to correct serious ventricular arrhythmias that can lead to sudden death. The defibrillator is surgically placed inside the patient’s chest. There, it monitors the heart’s rhythm and quickly identifies serious arrhythmias. With an electrical shock, it immediately disrupts a deadly arrhythmia.

Artificial pacemaker:
An artificial pacemaker can take charge of sending electrical signals to make the heart beat if the heart’s natural pacemaker is not working properly or its electrical pathway is blocked. During a simple operation, this electrical device is placed under the skin. A lead extends from the device to the right side of the heart, where it is permanently anchored.

Surgery:
When an arrhythmia cannot be controlled by other treatments, doctors may perform surgery. After locating the heart tissue that is causing the arrhythmia, the tissue is altered or removed so that it will not produce the arrhythmia.

In this section

What is an Arrhythmia
Diagnosing Arrhythmia
Arrhthmia Treatment – You are on this page
Arrhthmia Prevention

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