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Treatments for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)

  • Michael Jubinville, MPH
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Treatments for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)

Not all arrhythmias need to be treated. Many are harmless and don't cause problems. When they affect how your heart works and cause problems that affect your daily life, you may need to be treated. The goal is to return the normal rhythm to the heart. This will help you avoid:

How arrhythmias are treated depends on the type, cause, and seriousness of the type you have. Common methods include:


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  • Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.