Controlling Sinus Tachycardia

Sinus tachycardia is a condition that occurs when the sinus rhythm goes beyond the 100 beats per minute (bpm). This kind of bpm is not unusual for a baby but for an adult it could mean severe problems.

The normal rhythm for an adult ranges from 60 to 80 bpm so a rhythm higher than 100 bpm would imply health issues. The sinus rhythm is produced by the electrical signal sent by the sinus node. This electric signal moves through the heart causing its chambers to expand and contract. This electric impulse can be easily detected through an electrocardiogram.

The electrocardiogram or ecg can discover any abnormality in the sinus rhythm like sinus tachycardia.

This abnormality in the heart causes the electrical impulses making the heart beat faster than normal. Exercise and excitement can be harmless causes for an accelerated rhythm. Only when exercise is too extreme you might be in danger of suffering a cardiac problem.

The most common causes for this condition

They include fever, anxiety, stress, certain medications, anemia, hypermetabolism, chronic pulmonary disease, heart failure and intravascular volume depletion. As you can see there are emotional causes like stress and physical causes like heart disease. You must also pay attention to the symptoms you might be experiencing although sometimes there are no symptoms at all.

The main symptom for this condition is the very rapid and unusual heartbeat. This can be accompanied by chest pain, anxiety, dizziness and shortness of breath. Normally to treat this condition you have to look for the underlying cause. Once you manage to control the cause the sinus tachycardia will disappear.

Sometimes this condition might not require any kind of treatment but there are times that it will require special attention.

Depending on several factors such as the patient’s age and medical history some medications might be used to alter the sinus node response. This type of treatment can have unexpected side effects and must be monitored frequently.

Some times when the condition is too severe an alternative is the use of electric shocks. The shocks should be used only in emergency cases where the patient’s life is a stake. Another solution can be surgery. The purpose of the surgery is to remove the sinus node. They should be used only as a last solution when everything else fails as they can have some serious consequences.


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