What is tachycardia?
Tachycardia is the acceleration of heart rate. It is a form of cardiac arrhythmia which differs from a ” true arrhythmia ” it produces irregular heartbeats whereas braquicardia means a slower pace than normal of heart beat
Tachycardias can be very life-threatening so they must be treated properly and urgently. Some tachycardias can convey an insufficient blood flow. One may feel weak, sweaty and even fainting. Ventricular fibrillation as a ressult of ventricular tachycardia can be deadly.
Types of tachycardias
Among tachycardias we have the following types:
– Multifocal atrial tachycardia: Different parts of the atrium trigger stimuli that cause the heart to contract very quickly. (100 and 180 beats per minute). It especially appears in old people or those with lung diseases.
– Sinus tachycardia: The electrical pulses have a too high frequency. (More than 100 beats/min in an adult). It is produced as a reacction of physical effort, phsycological reasons (stress, anger, fear…) as a sympthom of physical illness (anemia, hypertiroidism, heart failure, heart attack, fever, dehydratation…) or after some drugs ingestion (caffeine, cocaine, nicotine…)
– Ventricular tachycardia: It produces between 160 and 240 beats per minute
– Atrial fibrillation: The atria contract in a rapid and disorganized manner.
– Ventricular fibrillation with uncontrolled and irregular contractions of the heart muscle
The latter two are the worst and can easily cause death. When another type of arrhythmia is maintained in a constant manner can also be fatal.
Symptoms of tachycardia
The main symptoms of tachycardia are:
– Faster heart rate than normal
– Angina, etc.
Causes of tachycardia
The main causes of tachycardia are:
– Faults in the conduction of nerve stimuli to the heart.
– Diseases of the arteries or the heart: heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, inflammation of the pericardium, clogged arteries, heart attack, heart failure, infections, etc
– Other diseases: pneumonia, lung cancer, etc.
– Abuse of stimulants: coffee, alcohol, tobacco, etc.
– State of anxiety.
– Momentary excitement.
Diagnosis and treatment of tachycardia
Faced with some symptoms of tachycardia, we recommend a quick visit to the specialist who can perform a proper diagnosis (blood pressure, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, etc.)
This visit is particularly urgent if you feel severe chest pain, respiratory problems, dizziness or fainting. Once the diagnosis, the doctor will decide the best course of treatment. (Electric shock, pacemakers, medication, etc.)
A natural treatment of tachycardias can complement conventional treatment prescribed by your doctor.
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