Do you need treatment?
Most arrhythmias are considered harmless and are left untreated. Once your doctor has documented that you have an arrhythmia, he or she will need to find out whether it's abnormal or merely reflects the heart's normal processes. He or she will also determine whether your arrhythmia is clinically significant – that is, whether it causes symptoms or puts you at risk for more serious arrhythmias or complications of arrhythmias in the future (View an animation of arrhythmia). If your arrhythmia is abnormal and clinically significant, your doctor will set a treatment plan.
- Prevent blood clots from forming to reduce stroke risk
- Control your heart rate within a relatively normal range
- Restore a normal heart rhythm, if possible
- Treat heart disease/condition that may be causing arrhythmia
- Reduce other risk factors for heart disease and stroke
- Medications for arrhythmia
- Devices to help treat arrhythmias
- Treating Arrhythmias in Children
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This content was last reviewed on 05/30/2012.