Tachycardia is an abnormally fast heart beat, greater than 100 beats per minute.
A normal rate in adults is usually between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
Although some types of tachycardia are mild ventricular tachycardia can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
Ventricular tachycardia (V-Tach)
The UPMC Cardiac Electrophysiology Program is the largest in western Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the United States.
We treat cardiac arrhythmias, such as tachycardia, and other heart disorders associated with a high risk of sudden death.
If you have tachycardia, your heart can beat very fast — over 100 times a minute.
Tachycardia may cause:
During your physical exam, your doctor will:
Following your exam, your doctor may order additional tests and procedures, such as:
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to expect your test results and will call you when they're available.
Rapid heart rates can originate from either the atria or the ventricles of the heart. Rhythms from the ventricle are more often considered life-threatening.
The goals of treatment for tachycardia are to:
Your doctor may prescribe medications and order certain procedures to meet these treatment goals.
To slow the heart rate
To maintain a regular heart rhythm
To prevent clot formation and help reduce the risk of stroke
Blood thinners such as:
Learn more about heart and vascular treatments at UPMC.
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