Arrhythmia: Treatments Inroduction
The first step in treating an arrhythmia is prevention. This includes not smoking, not using illegal drugs or abusing prescription stimulant medications, and moderating caffeine and alcohol intake.
Once an arrhythmia develops, a treatment plan is individualized to the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and general health of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that treats the arrhythmia and includes a long-term plan to address any underlying or associated diseases, disorder or conditions, such as heart disease, smoking and hyperthyroidism.
Mild arrhythmias 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 arrhythmias may be treated with a variety of medications, such as digitalis, beta blockers, antiarrhythmias or calcium channel blockers.
Moderate to severe arrhythmias generally require hospitalization and intensive care. Intravenous medication may be needed to correct the arrhythmia. For some types of arrhythmia, 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 arrhythmia to a normal rhythm (normal sinus rhythm) by cardioversion or defibrillation.
For immediately life-threatening arrhythmias, such as ventricular tachycardia without a pulse and ventricular fibrillation, defibrillation and life support measures, including CPR, are necessary.
Some of the possible treatments for Arrhythmia from various sources may include:
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Treatments for Causes of Arrhythmia
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Arrhythmia:
- Atrial flutter
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Wolff-Parkinson- White syndrome
- Acute rheumatic fever - heart murmur
- Aortic coarctation - heart murmur
- Aortic valve disease - heart murmur
- Aorto-ventricular tunnel - heart murmur
- Aplastic anemia - tachycardia
- Atrial Septal Defect - heart murmur
- Bacterial endocarditis - heart murmur
- Bacterial meningitis - Tachycardia
- Carbamate insecticide poisoning - tachycardia
- Carcinoid crisis - tachycardia
- Carcinoid syndrome - tachycardia
- Chromosome 11, deletion 11p - Heart murmur
- Chromosome 12, trisomy 12q - Heart murmur
- Chromosome 12q duplication syndrome - heart murmur
- Chromosome 17p, partial deletion - heart murmur
- Chromosome 22q11 Deletion Spectrum - Heart murmur
- Chromosome 4, trisomy 4q - Heart murmur
- Chromosome 9, monosomy 9p - heart murmur
- Chromosome 9, Partial Monosomy 9p - Heart murmur
- Cobalamin malabsorption, selective, with proteinuria - heart murmur
- Congenital heart defects - heart murmurs
- Congenital Vitamin B12 Malabsorption - heart murmur
- Cyclic antidepressant poisoning - tachycardia
- Deletion 11p - Heart murmur
- Deletion 22q11 - heart murmur
- Deletion 3p - Heart murmur
- Dermatomyositis - tachycardia
- Diphtheria - arrhythmia
- Double outlet right ventricle - heart murmur
- Duplication 12q - Heart murmur
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 1 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 10 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 11 - heart murmur
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 12 - heart murmur
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 2 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 3 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 4 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 5 - Arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 6 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 7 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 8 - arrhythmia
- Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 9 - arrhythmia
- Familial Selective Vitamin B12 Malabsorption - heart murmur
- Grasbeck-Imerslund Disease - heart murmur
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - heart murmur
- Hypertrophic subaortic stenosis - heart murmur
- Imerslund's Anemia - heart murmur
- Imerslund's Syndrome - heart murmur
- Imerslund-Najman-Grasbeck Anemia - heart murmur
- Imerslund-Najman-Grasbeck Disease - heart murmur
- Imerslund-Najman-Grasbeck Syndrome - heart murmur
- Iron deficiency - Tachycardia
- Juvenile Megaloblastic Anemia - heart murmur
- Marfan syndrome - heart murmur
- Megaloblasti Anemia, 1 - heart murmur
- Megaloblastic Anemia, Familial - heart murmur
- Mitral-valve prolapse - arrhythmia
- Mucopolysaccharidoses - Heart murmur
- Mucopolysaccharidosis VI - Heart murmur
- Organophosphate insecticide poisoning - tachycardia
- Peanut Allergy - tachycardia
- Pernicious Anemia, Juvenile type - heart murmur
- Postpartum hyperthyroidism - Tachycardia
- Pulmonary artery coming from the aorta - heart murmur
- Pulmonary atresia -- intact ventricular septum - heart murmur
- Respiratory system cancer - Tachycardia
- Rheumatic fever - heart murmur
- Snake bite - Tachycardia
- Toxemia - Tachycardia
- Ventricular septal defect - heart murmur
- Ventriculo-arterial discordance, isolated - Heart murmur
- WAGR Syndrome - Heart murmur
- Wilms tumor -- aniridia -- genitourinary anomalies -- mental retardation - heart murmur
- Wilms tumor and radial bilateral aplasia - Heart murmur
- Wilms tumour and radial bilateral aplasia - Heart murmur
- Wilms' tumor - Heart murmur
- X-linked sideroblastic anaemia - Tachycardia
- X-linked sideroblastic anemia - Tachycardia
More causes: not all possible causes for Arrhythmia are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Arrhythmia.
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for your specific medical situation.
Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before
making a decision,
including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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