Arrhythmia is a condition in which the heart beats with an abnormal or irregular rhythm. Although some cases of arrhythmia require no treatment, the severity of this condition may require for locals in Mesa to seek arrhythmia treatment options. Some treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, electrical devices, invasive therapies or surgery.
There are a variety of prescription drugs available to treat arrhythmia. Most patients require trying several different medications and doses to discover which works best.
Among the drugs that can successfully treat different types of arrhythmia are:
- Drugs in the anti-arrythmic category that prevent heartbeat irregularity altogether or help to encourage normal, or sinus, rhythm of the heart.
- Drugs that control heart rate.
- Drugs such as warfarin or aspirin, working as anticoagulants or antiplatelet, to minimize the risk of clot formation causing strokes.
Individuals taking medication for arrhythmic conditions should always know the exact name of their prescribed drug, what it does, and the specific schedule for taking medication.
Two successful procedures considered invasive therapies in the treatment of irregular heartbeat are Electrical Cardioversion and Catheter Ablation. It's best to consult one of our cardiologists about the risks and benefits of arrhythmia treatment in the Mesa local area.
- Electrical Cardioversion involves delivering an electrical impulse through the chest to encourage normal rhythm while the patient is under a short-term anesthesia.
- Catheter Ablation is best for treating atrial flutter, some atrial and ventricular tachycardias, and most STVs, involves delivering high-frequency electrical energy via catheter to a select area of tissue inside the heart muscle.
- If your case involves paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation, Pulmonary Vein Isolation helps create scar rings targeting those areas causing the irregularity.
Other effective treatments include the insertion of certain devices by a cardiologist.
These might include a permanent pacemaker, a device designed to deliver tiny electrical impulses to the muscle of the heart to better maintain normal heartbeat. Pacemakers are especially beneficial for preventing the heart from beating too slowly.
An Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) is more complex than a pacemaker, useful in treating life-threatening ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. It constantly monitors heart rhythm in order to deliver energy as needed to restore the heartbeat to sinus rhythm. When it detects a very fast, abnormal heart rhythm, it delivers energy to the heart muscle to cause the heart to beat in a normal rhythm again.
The most serious cases of arrhythmia may require heart surgery, especially if heart disease is causing heartbeat fluctuations. When medications or non-surgical procedures won't restore normal rhythm, there are two effective surgical procedures that should be considered.
If you have an irregular heartbeat, schedule an appointment with our Mesa cardiology clinic for heart tests and care of your condition. We have a central schedule number for all of our offices in Arizona. Call us at (480) 889-1573 to schedule your appointment today!