Tachycardia: What You Should Know

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Elevated heart rate, dizziness and chest pain. Many attribute these symptoms to a panic or heart attack but it could mean a heart abnormality that goes by the name of Tachycardia.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Tachycardia occurs when an abnormality in the heart produces rapid electrical signals. The average heart beats per minute ranges anywhere from 60 to 100 for an at-rest adult. For those with Tachycarda, the numbers are much higher.

Attacks can last anywhere from seconds to hours and typically stop on their own. Valsalva maneuvers trigger the Vagus nerve to slow heart rhythm. Blowing into a straw, putting ice on the forehead, and drinking ice water are all ways to manage attacks. In more extreme cases, a medical procedure called an ablation may end attacks completely.

In some cases, no symptoms exist. It’s important to take Tachycardia seriously, however, as it may result in increased risk of stroke or cause sudden cardiac arrest.

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