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Atrial Tachycardia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is atrial tachycardia?

Atrial tachycardia is a condition that causes your heart to beat more than 100 times each minute. Atrial tachycardia is also called supraventricular tachycardia. It can develop because of problems with your heart's electrical system.

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What increases my risk for atrial tachycardia?

Any of the following can increase your risk for atrial tachycardia:

What are the signs and symptoms of atrial tachycardia?

Atrial tachycardia may happen without other symptoms. You may feel any of the following:

How is atrial tachycardia treated?

You may need treatment if your atrial tachycardia continues or comes and goes. You may need medicine, procedures, or surgery. Your healthcare provider may send you to a cardiologist for other tests.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How do I check my heart rate (pulse)?

Your healthcare provider will show you how to check your pulse, and how often to check it. Write down how fast your pulse is and if it feels regular or like it is skipping beats. Also write down the activity you were doing if your heart rate is above 100. Bring the information with you to your follow-up appointment.

How to Take a Pulse

How can I prevent or manage atrial tachycardia?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I call my doctor?

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