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.

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Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

No. No. Digitalis also referred to as digoxin can be used to treat symptoms of abnormal rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. It may help keep someone in a normal sinus rhythm or help control the ventricular rate. While it may help with symptoms, digoxin does not "cure" dysrhythmias. In fact, like most anti-arrhythmic medication, it can-especially at high doses- cause dysrhythmias. Read more...
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...

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...

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

Digitalis . Digitalis does not cure abnormal heart rhythms, but can help stabilize the heart rhythm or heart rate. This medication is derived from the foxglove plant, and is one of the original western pharmaceuticals. In addition to the beneficial effects on heart rhythm, digitalis can also help the heart contract more strongly for patients with heart failure. Read more...
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...

Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Several. An EKG to see what the exact rhythm is and to look for other abnormalities. A history and physical examination. You may have a heart murmur or appear pale if you have anemia for instance. Blood tests to exclude anemia or an overactive thyroid gland for instance. A holter monitor to catch and record the abnormal rhythm. An echocardiogram to evaluate heart function and the valves. Read more...

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...
Cardioversion, meds. Use of anti-arrhythmic medications and shocking or resetting the heart (cardioversion) are non-invasive options. Read more...

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...

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...

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...