Treatments for Tachycardia
Treatments for Tachycardia:
The first step in treating a cardiac arrhythmia is prevention. This includes not smoking, not using illegal drugs or abusing prescription stimulant medications, and moderating caffeine and alcohol intake.
Once a cardiac 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 cardiac 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 cardiac arrhythmias that do not cause symptoms may not need treatment other than monitoring. This may occur when a person has a mildly 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 cardiac arrhythmias may be treated with a variety of medications, such as digitalis, beta blockers, anti-cardiac arrhythmia drugs or calcium channel blockers.
Moderate to severe cardiac arrhythmias generally require hospitalization and intensive care. Intravenous medication may be needed to correct the cardiac arrhythmia. For some types of cardiac arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation or third degree heart block, a pacemaker is necessary to override the abnormal electrical impulses in the heart and/or stimulate a normal heartbeat. Other procedures that may be needed include electrically converting the cardiac arrhythmia to a normal rhythm (normal sinus rhythm, NSR) by electrical cardioversion or defibrillation.
For immediately life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, such as ventricular tachycardia without a pulse and ventricular fibrillation, defibrillation and life support measures, including CPR, are necessary.
Treatment List for Tachycardia
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources
includes the following list.
Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment
or change in treatment plans.
Alternative Treatments for Tachycardia
Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Tachycardia may include:
- Valsalva maneuver (try to exhale while pinching off nose and mouth)
- Massage the right carotid artery
- Avoid caffeine or any other stimulant
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Tachycardia: Is the Diagnosis Correct?
The first step in getting correct treatment is
to get a correct diagnosis.
Differential diagnosis list for Tachycardia may include:
Hidden causes of Tachycardia may be incorrectly diagnosed:
- Normal heart rate increase as response to various situations:
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Drugs and Medications used to treat Tachycardia:
Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment
or change in treatment plans.
Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Tachycardia include:
Hospital statistics for Tachycardia:
These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Tachycardia:
- 0.143% (18,285) of hospital consultant episodes were for paroxysmal tachycardia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 79% of hospital consultant episodes for paroxysmal tachycardia required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 51% of hospital consultant episodes for paroxysmal tachycardia were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 49% of hospital consultant episodes for paroxysmal tachycardia were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 74% of hospital consultant episodes for paroxysmal tachycardia required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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