Treatment for Arrhythmia
"When an arrhythmia is serious, urgent treatment may be required to restore a normal rhythm. This may include:
Electrical "shock" therapy (defibrillation or cardioversion)
Implanting a temporary pacemaker to interrupt the arrhythmia
Medications given through a vein (intravenous)
Supraventricular arrhythmias may be treated with:
Medications that slow the pulse (beta blockers, calcium channel blockers)
Medications that cause the heart rhythm to return to normal (anti-arrhythmic drugs)
Many supraventricular arrhythmias can be treated and cured with radiofrequency ablation. This avoids the need for lifelong drug therapy.
Increasingly, most ventricular tachycardias are treated with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). As soon as arrhythmia begins, the ICD sends a shock to stop it, or a burst of pacing activity to override it.
Bradycardias that cause symptoms can be treated by implanting a permanent pacemaker."
Where there is evidence of lung disease beta blockers should be avoided.
The following anti-arrhythmics may be suitable: Disopyramide, Flecainide,Lignocaine and Verapamil (a calcium channel blocker) Your doctor will be able to help you make a decision as to what medication is most appropriate.
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