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Conventional Treatment of Arrhythmia
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Conventional treatment of arrhythmia

The treatments for the various types of arrhythmias depend on the type of arrhythmia the person has. Treatment can either be of the form of medication or surgical intervention or a combination of both.

If the arrhythmia is caused from a non-serious reason, there is no treatment other than to observe symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen.


There are a number of different medications that are used to treat arrhythmia, depending on the cause of the arrhythmia. Some of these medications may be used in combination:


Heart surgery

There are a number of surgical procedures which are used to treat arrhythmias. The type of surgery depends on the type of arrhythmia condition:


There are a number of minor surgical procedures in which certain devices are implanted in the skin near the heart and which are used to treat some types of arrhythmia:

Emergency defibrillation

This is the application of an electrical shock to the chest area to return heart beat back to normal. This is performed when the heart suddenly stops, so is used in an emergency where life is at risk.

Vagal maneouvres

Certain ventricular arrhythmias (supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT) may be able to be stopped by using a certain maneouvre - holding the breath and straining, putting your face in icy water or coughing. The reason these maneouvres work to stop certain ventricular arrhythmias is because they affect the vagal nerves, a part of the sympathetic nervous system which control heartbeat and may cause the heart to slow down back to normal. The cardiologist will show you how to do the vagal maneouvres.


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  Last reviewed: 27 October 2007 || Last updated: 9 January 2009


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Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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