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What do you take for a fast heart rate?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Prescription meds

There's nothing you will find in your home medicine cabinet to take for a fast heart rate.
First, you need a diagnosis. Not all fast heart rates are abnormal or need treatment. Secondly, different classes of medicines are used for different rhythms. Third, there may be a correctable problem so that medication isn't needed at all. 4th, the fast heart rate may be the tip of the iceberg. See your md.

In brief: Prescription meds

There's nothing you will find in your home medicine cabinet to take for a fast heart rate.
First, you need a diagnosis. Not all fast heart rates are abnormal or need treatment. Secondly, different classes of medicines are used for different rhythms. Third, there may be a correctable problem so that medication isn't needed at all. 4th, the fast heart rate may be the tip of the iceberg. See your md.
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Dr. Sonia Rapaport
Find out if the fast beat is due to a heart rhythm problem first, and if not, try to understand why your heart is beating fast (caffeine intake too much? drugs? are you dehydrated? are you stressed?). Relaxation techniques, particularly HeartMath (look at Heartmath.com) can help slow your heart rate naturally.
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