Treatments for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
Treatment of arrhythmias depends on the type and seriousness of the particular rhythm disturbance. For example:
- Medications are most often used in tachyarrhythmias (fast heart rates).
- Electrical conversion is used for life-threatening irregular rhythms.
- Pacemakers are used most frequently for bradyarrhythmias (slow heart rates).
Treatment aims to maintain the heart's ability to pump blood efficiently.
Treatment involves the following:
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Mayo Clinic and Foundation for Medical Education and Research website. Available at: http://www.mayo.edu/ .
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .
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