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.
EKG. An electrocardiogram, also known as an ekg is used to identify the rhythm of the heart- normal and abnormal ones.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

Abnormal heart rythm. There are many different abnormal heart rhythm with varying symptoms from cest pain, palpitation, dizziness, headache to syncope.There are basically two kind of abnormal heart rhythm tachyarrythmia(rapid heart beat)and bradyarrythmia(slow heart rate)different arrythmias have different symptoms. Read more...
Thanks for asking! There are many different types of abnormal heart rhythms. Symptoms associated with abnormally fast heart rhythms include the sense of a racing heart, dizziness, difficulty breathing, sometimes a fluttering feeling in the throat or chest, and occasionally fainting. Read more...

What are abnormal heart rhythms called?

Arrythmias. This term is often used to describe heart rhythms different from a normal sinus rhythm. Read more...
An arrhythmia. Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are caused by problems with the electrical system that regulates the steady, rhythmic beat of the heart. The heartbeat may be too slow (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia); it may remain steady or become chaotic. Some arrhythmias are dangerous and cause sudden cardiac death, while others may be bothersome but are not life threatening. See PCP ASAP. Read more...

Do abnormal heart rhythms decrease blood delivery?

Depends. It depends on the type of dysrhythmia and the rate. For example, atrial fibrillation with a heart rate in the 70-80s may cause no symptoms at all. A rate in the 150's may decrease blood pressure because there is not adequate time for the heart to fill between beats. A heart rate lower than 30 may cause a low blood pressure because the slow rate. Symptoms often relate to total cardiac output. Read more...
Potentially. The pumping of the heart is the mechanism by which blood is delivered throughout the body. If a abnormal heart rhythm affect what is known as the cardiac output, it can definitely affect the delivery of blood throughout the body. Thank you for the question. Read more...