Treatment Options for Tachycardia

Treatments for tachycardia range from medication to surgery. For thousands of people each year, an implantable defibrillator monitors the heart and delivers life-saving therapies to treat dangerously fast and slow heart rhythms.

There are several treatment options available for people who experience tachycardia. Tachycardia can be ventricular (in the lower chambers of the heart) or atrial (in the upper chambers of the heart). Your heart doctor will determine the treatment that's best for your condition.

Ventricular Tachycardia Treatments

  • Medications
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Ventricular Fibrillation Treatments

  • External defibrillation
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Medications

Atrial Flutter Treatments

  • Medications

Atrial Fibrillation Treatments

  • Medications
  • Cardioversion
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Surgery

Your doctor may also discuss lifestyle changes with you.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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