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What is the Treatment for Arrhythmia?

Discover how arrhythmia is treated with medications, procedures, and lifestyle adjustments, ensuring holistic care for heart rhythm disorders.

  • 07 Feb 2024
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A heart arrhythmia is a cardiac arrest. When the electrical impulses that instruct the heart to beat malfunction, a heart arrhythmia occurs.

Too fast or too slow heartbeats are possible. Alterations in the heartbeat's rhythm are also possible. An arrhythmia of the heart can feel like a racing, pounding or fluttering heartbeat.

Heart arrhythmias are sometimes benign. Others might result in fatal symptoms. Continue reading to learn more about arrhythmia treatment.

Treatment of Arrhythmia

  • Heart arrhythmia is treated based on how quickly or slowly the heart beats. Treatment is not necessary for all heart arrhythmias. Regular checkups may be recommended by the medical team to monitor the patient’s condition.
  • Treatment for heart arrhythmias is necessary only if the irregular heartbeat results in severe symptoms, increasing the risk of developing more serious cardiac issues.
  • Heart arrhythmias are treated with medications, procedures, surgery or specialised movements known as vagal manoeuvres.
  • Treatment options for cardiac arrhythmias vary depending on the kind of irregular heartbeat and any potential side effects. Most patients with arrhythmia receive medication to regulate their heart's rhythm and rate.
  • Blood thinners may be prescribed if the patient has atrial fibrillation to prevent blood clots.

Additional Therapies for Cardiac Arrhythmias:

  • Vagal techniques: The heart rate can be lowered with these straightforward yet targeted exercises. These include applying an ice pack to the face, coughing and bending over as though having a bowel movement.
  • Cardioversion: An electrical shock to the heart is administered with paddles or patches on the chest to help reset the heart rhythm. When medication and vagal manoeuvres are ineffective, cardioversion is usually utilized.

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Surgery or other procedures

The following categories of operations and surgeries are used to treat cardiac arrhythmias:

  • Ablation with a catheter: During this process, the physician inserts one or more catheters into the heart's blood vessels. The heart is microscopically scarred by heat- or cold-sensitive sensors at the tips of the catheters.
  • Pacemaker: A pacemaker might be required if the cause of slow heartbeats cannot be treated. A pacemaker is a tiny implanted device that helps regulate the heartbeat.
  • Implanted defibrillator-cardioverter (ICD): This apparatus is positioned close to the collarbone beneath the skin. It monitors the heart rhythm continuously.
  • The maze process: During the maze procedure, a surgeon makes tiny incisions in the heart's upper chamber to form a scar tissue pattern. This pattern, resembling a maze, disrupts the irregular electrical signals causing heart rhythm disorder.

Conclusion

We should prioritise a holistic approach, combining medical support and lifestyle changes, for arrhythmia treatment. Food and exercise play an equally important role in promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle as do medications and procedures.

To customise a treatment plan for each patient, it is essential to confer with medical professionals. Furthermore, it's critical to keep comprehensive health insurance since it guarantees access to the treatments and interventions that are required.

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