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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Abnormal Heart Rhythms

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for abnormal heart rhythms?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for abnormal heart rhythms?

Too broad: Too broad of question. Please let us know what type of arrhythmia and the treatment recommended and perhaps we can answer you better. ...Read more

Rhythm (Definition)

Rhythm "any regular recurring motion, symmetry may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions, this general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything microseconds ...Read more


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With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

Hard to answer: There are hundreds if not thousands of abnormal heart rhythms. Rapid heart types are usually called tachycardias and slow heart types are called bradycardias. There is a lot of variability in between. Your pcp is a great place to start and depending on what they say, may refer you to a cardiologist or other heart specialist. ...Read more

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Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

Some, plus drugs: Depending on the cause & severity of the arrhythmia, relaxation techniques (medication, yoga, tai-chi) may be useful. Some anti-anxiety medications can be helpful as well. Beta-blockers are often used. Serious anti-arrhythmic agents are available, but some rhythm problems, especially in younger patients, may be amenable to electrophysiologic rx, like ablation, rather than lifelong drug therapy. ...Read more

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Can digitalis be used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Can digitalis be used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Yes: But it's not a first line medicine any more because there are newer, more effective medicines. It's still sometimes added to others though. ...Read more

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Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Ask a cardiologist: Digitalis has a long history of treating congestive heart failure by stimulating the heart muscle. I believe it is used in patients with heart failure but with a normal sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Never: Digitalis is used to control the ventricular rates of some abnormal fast atrial arrhythmias or svt. In atrial fibrillation it is utilized to control the fast rate. It does not "cure" the problem nor does it actually prevent the atrial arrhythmias, as antiarrhythmic medications would. ...Read more

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Digitalis cure? Does digitalis cure abnormal heart rhythms or just treat it?

Not a cure.: Digitalis is a medication that can improve some abnormal rhythms. The benefits it provides are only while receiving the medication. ...Read more

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What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

Tests for arrythmias: After physical exam an ekg will determine the arrythmia most of the time and 24 hour holter monitor may be needed in some cases.Some abnormal heart rythm may require electro physiological studies, echocardiogram and coronary angiograms in some cases. ...Read more

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Why do abnormal heart rhythms cause nausea?

Vagal Response: In general, most cardiac rhythm disturbances will not cause nausea. However, there is a condition that can cause both nausea and arrhythmia (particularly slow heart rate), and that is called a vagal response. This is an abnormal reflex response which causes the heart rate to abnormally slow, and also has concurrent symptoms of nausea and/or "cold sweats" and/or lightheadedness. ...Read more

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How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

Many different types: A normal heart beat is regular like a clock ticking. There are many different types of abnormal heart rhythms. The heart rhythm could be either too fast, too slow or have some type of irregularity or skipping. Some of these abnormal rhythms are not serious. Some irregular rhythms are potentially dangerous. The best way to check is call you doctor and have an ekg or heart monitor performed. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Definition)

Abnormal heart rhythm is a condition in which a person has an abnormal heartbeat pattern, as detected by an EKG (electrocardiogram) of the heart. Some abnormal rhythms run in families (hereditary abnormal rhythms). Some abnormal rhythms are not dangerous, while others can cause ...Read more