Font Size
A
A
A
...
8
...

Heart Rhythm Disorders (cont.)

Heart Rhythm Disorders Medications

The choice and use of medications depends on the specific type of arrhythmia present. Although detailed discussion about this is beyond the scope of this article, the reader is encouraged to click onto the links to the predominant arrhythmias to determine the common medications and common surgical methods used to treat these heart beat disorders.

Although some arrhythmias may require some special uses of medications (for example, IV adenosine for PSVT), most utilize various beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers to control fast rates. Although atropine may be used for a short time to speed up heart rates, usually the treatment will be a pacemaker.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/26/2015

Must Read Articles Related to Heart Rhythm Disorders

Anxiety
Anxiety Anxiety as a medical condition is characterized b...learn more >>
Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) describes a rapid, irregular heart rhythm. The irregular rhythm, or learn more >>

Atrial Flutter
Atrial Flutter

Atrial flutter is a type of arrhyth...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Heart Rhythm Disorders (Arrhythmias):

Heart Rhythm Disorders - Symptoms

What are your heart rhythm disorder symptoms?

Heart Rhythm Disorders: What Type of Disorder

Please describe what type of heart rhythm disorder you have.

Heart Rhythm Disorders - Treatment

What was the treatment for your heart rhythm disorders?

Atrial Fibrillation Slideshow

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Accelerated Idioventricular Heart Rhythm »

Accelerated idioventricular rhythm (AIVR) is a form of ectopic or automatic ventricular arrhythmia usually noted in the acute care setting during cardiac rhythm monitoring.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary