Anti-arrhythmic medicines—These will help slow down or speed up your heart rate, or return your heart rhythm to normal.
Cardioversion—These treatments involve placing paddles on the chest or back. An electrical current is passed through the chest wall to the heart. The current resets the heart's electrical circuits. It also tries to return the heart rhythm to normal.
Automatic implantable defibrillator—A tiny
can be surgically implanted in your chest to monitor your heart rhythm. The device will automatically shock the heart if a dangerous arrhythmia happens. This may help return the heart rhythm to normal.
is surgically implanted in your chest. It takes over the job of providing the electrical impulses needed to have a good heart rhythm.
Ablation—An area of the heart that is responsible for an abnormal rhythm may be surgically removed or altered (ablated) with different techniques.
creates a pattern of scar tissue in the upper chambers of the heart. This makes a pathway for electrical impulses to travel through the heart. It also blocks the pathway for fast or irregular impulses. The Maze procedure may also be done as minimally invasive surgery (called
If you are diagnosed with an arrhythmia, follow your doctor's
To help prevent arrhythmias:
Treat underlying conditions that might lead to arrhythmias.
Avoid substances (eg, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and certain medicines) that trigger arrhythmia or make it worse.
Follow general advice to prevent heart disease, including:
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