Treatments for Abnormal Heart Rhythm
Treatments for Abnormal Heart Rhythm:
The first step in treating abnormal heart rhythm is prevention. This includes not smoking, not using illegal drugs or abusing prescription stimulant medications and moderating caffeine and alcohol intake.
Once an abnormal heart rhythm develops, a treatment plan is individualized to the cause, the presence of coexisting and underlying diseases, the age of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that treats the abnormal heart rhythm and includes a long-term plan to address any underlying or associated diseases, disorder or conditions, such as heart disease, smoking and hyperthyroidism.
Mild abnormal heart rhythms that do not cause symptoms may not need treatment other than monitoring. For example, this may occur when a person has a rapid heart rate (tachycardia) as a side effect of a diet drug, which goes away after the drug is discontinued.
Lifestyle changes are also a part of treatment. These include quitting smoking, lowering stress and losing weight as needed.
Depending on the cause, some abnormal heart rhythms may be treated with a variety of medications, such as digitalis, beta blockers, antiarrhythmias or calcium channel blockers.
Moderate to severe abnormal heart rhythms generally require hospitalization and intensive care. Intravenous medication may be needed to correct the abnormal heart rhythm. For some types of abnormal heart rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation or third degree heart block, a pacemaker is necessary to stimulate a normal heartbeat. Other procedures that may be needed include electrically converting the abnormal heart rhythm by cardioversion.
For immediately life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms, such as ventricular tachycardia without a pulse and ventricular fibrillation, defibrillation and life support measures, including CPR, are necessary.
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Drugs and Medications used to treat Abnormal Heart Rhythm:
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Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Abnormal Heart Rhythm include:
Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Abnormal Heart Rhythm:
Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Abnormal Heart Rhythm include:
- Albert Diltiazem CD
- Cardizem CD
- Cardizem SR
- Cartia XT
- Dilacor XR
- Diltia XT
- Diltiazem ER
- Med-Diltiazem SR
- Pindolol - used in combination with Digoxin
- Apo-Pindol - used in combination with Digoxin
- Dom-Pindolol - used in combination with Digoxin
- Novo-Pindol - used in combination with Digoxin
- Nu-Pindol - used in combination with Digoxin
- Syn-Pindolol - used in combination with Digoxin
- Viskazide - used in combination with Digoxin
- Visken - used in combination with Digoxin
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