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What are the treatments for arrhythmia?

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In brief: Treatment for arrhythmia

Your treatment will depend on the type, cause and severity of the arrhythmia that you have.


Self-help
Sometimes, such as with ectopic beats, you may not need any treatment because your arrhythmia is unlikely to cause serious problems. Try to steer clear of any triggers of your arrhythmia that you know about, such as alcohol or caffeine. Ask your doctor for advice about exercising.

Medicines
Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help control your heart rhythm. These can include medicines to slow down your heart rate, such as beta-blockers, or antiarrhythmic medicines, such as amiodarone and flecainide – these work in different ways to control your heartbeat.
If you have atrial fibrillation, you may be advised to take blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin, to reduce your risk of blood clots forming.

Procedures
If you need to have surgery, the exact procedure you have will depend on your condition. Your doctor will advise you which one is most suitable for you.
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In brief: Treatment for arrhythmia

Your treatment will depend on the type, cause and severity of the arrhythmia that you have.


Self-help
Sometimes, such as with ectopic beats, you may not need any treatment because your arrhythmia is unlikely to cause serious problems. Try to steer clear of any triggers of your arrhythmia that you know about, such as alcohol or caffeine. Ask your doctor for advice about exercising.

Medicines
Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help control your heart rhythm. These can include medicines to slow down your heart rate, such as beta-blockers, or antiarrhythmic medicines, such as amiodarone and flecainide – these work in different ways to control your heartbeat.
If you have atrial fibrillation, you may be advised to take blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin, to reduce your risk of blood clots forming.

Procedures
If you need to have surgery, the exact procedure you have will depend on your condition. Your doctor will advise you which one is most suitable for you.
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