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Treatments for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)

Not all arrhythmias need to be treated. Many are harmless and do not cause problems. When arrhythmias affect heart function, and cause symptoms serious enough to affect your daily life, treatment may be needed. The goal of arrhythmia treatment is to restore the normal rhythm to your heart to avoid potential complications such as:

If you need treatment, it is likely you will have a health care team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It is important throughout your course of treatment to work with your team by maintaining contact, adhering to treatment, and going to any scheduled appointments.

Treatment of arrhythmias depends on the type, cause, and seriousness of the particular rhythm disturbance you have. Common approaches include:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments

Revision Information

  • Colucci R, Silver M, et al. Common types of supraventricular tachycardia: Diagnosis and management. Am Fam Physician. 2010;82(8):942-952. Available at: Accessed March 20, 2014.

  • Gutierrez C, Blanchard D. Atrial fibrillation: Diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(1):61-68. Available at: Accessed March 20, 2014.

  • How are arrhythmias treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: Updated July 1, 2011. Accessed March 20, 2014.

  • Prevention & treatment of arrhythmia. American Heart Association website. Available at: Updated October 25, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2014.

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