Tachycardia refers to a heart rhythm disorder in which a person’s heart rate is unusually fast at more than 100 beats per minute at rest. Normally, a person’s heart rate would be 60 to 100 beats per minute at rest. After a scare or a stressful situation, you may experience sinus tachycardia that goes away when you calm down or rest. However, other types of tachycardia may be dangerous and can come back regularly – this will warrant medical attention and treatment.
As tachycardia places additional strain on the heart and increases the risk of serious cardiovascular
complications such as stroke or cardiac arrest, targeted and long-term management of the tachycardia
Tachycardia also has negative effects on one’s comfort and daily life. For instance, one may experience:
The heart doctor will first perform an initial evaluation together with the necessary diagnostic tests to evaluate the condition of the patient. These diagnostic tests include an electrocardiogram (ECG), Holter or transtelephonic ECG and electrophysiology study. Depending on the type of tachycardia, different treatments will be recommended.
Should tachycardia be caused by other underlying disorders that cannot be controlled with medications or
lifestyle changes (such as a damaged heart valve, or other structural abnormalities), patients may be required
to undergo surgery to treat that pre-existing condition. However, in general, surgery is not always necessary
for tachycardia and non-surgical treatments are always first explored.
On the patients’ end, it is also strongly recommended for them to get adequate quality sleep and cut down on alcohol or caffeine intake. A well-balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein would be beneficial as well. Doctors also encourage patients to exercise regularly and appropriately.
When paired with personalised medical treatment and monitoring by a cardiologist, tachycardia can be effectively managed. Ace Cardiology Clinic conducts comprehensive consultations and cardiac examinations, including ECGs. For more information, call 9155 2942 today.
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