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Treatments for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
- Ischemia and heart muscle damage, which may cause a heart attack
- Ischemia to the brain, which may cause a stroke
- Damage makes the heart work harder to meet the body's demands, which may lead to heart failure
- Prolonged improper blood flow to the brain may cause mild cognitive impairment
- Erratic heart beats and heart muscle quivering may cause sudden cardiac arrest
Colucci R, Silver M, et al. Common types of supraventricular tachycardia: Diagnosis and management. Am Fam Physician. 2010;82(8):942-952. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p942.html. Accessed March 20, 2014.
Gutierrez C, Blanchard D. Atrial fibrillation: Diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(1):61-68. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p61.html. Accessed March 20, 2014.
How are arrhythmias treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/arr/treatment.html. Updated July 1, 2011. Accessed March 20, 2014.
Prevention & treatment of arrhythmia. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Prevention-Treatment-of-Arrhythmia%5FUCM%5F002026%5FArticle.jsp. Updated October 25, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 03/20/2014