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Arrhythmia Treatment Options

A Range of Treatment Options for Cardiac Arrhythmias

When you receive an arrhythmia diagnosis and need treatment, you and your doctor will discuss what treatment option is best for your specific condition. In general, your doctor will try to find the least invasive treatment that controls your arrhythmia. He or she will then base the treatment decision on the kind of irregular heartbeats you are experiencing, the symptoms you show and the seriousness of your arrhythmia. 

Treatment options can include no treatment at all, lifestyle changes, medication, pacemaker or defibrillator implantation, catheter ablation, cardioversion and surgery.

Bradycardia treatment

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and condition, as well as your overall health, treatment for bradycardia or slow heartbeat may involve an implanted medical device called a pacemaker.

Learn more about treatment options for bradycardia.

Tachycardia treatment

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and condition as well as your overall health, treatment for tachycardia or fast heartbeat can call for making certain lifestyle changes or may require medication. Other treatment options may include:

  • An implanted device called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • A process called heart or cardiac ablation (also called catheter ablation)

Learn more about treatment options for tachycardia.

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) treatment

In many cases, premature ventricular contractions do not require any treatment. However, if a PVC puts you at risk for developing a more serious arrhythmia, treatment may involve: 

  • An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Cardiac ablation

Learn more about treatment options for premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) treatment.

Other treatments

Implantable devices and cardiac ablation are effective arrhythmia treatments, but sometimes an arrhythmia can be managed or controlled in other ways. These treatments, which can be as basic as making lifestyle changes, may involve:

  • Introducing medication
  • Undergoing a process called cardioversion 

These options are usually among a doctor’s first choice because they are less invasive ways to control arrhythmias. 

Learn more about other treatment options for cardiac arrhythmias.

Talking about your options

One of the healthiest moves you can make is being an active participant in your own care. A good way to do this is to talk with your doctor about your diagnosis, and get support from your family and friends. As you plan for your treatment and recovery, clear communication will help things go as smoothly as possible.

Learn more about talking about your options