What can I Expect During Sinus Tachycardia Treatment?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill
Doctors may prescribe medication to treat hearts that beat abnormally fast or hard.
Doctors may prescribe medication to treat hearts that beat abnormally fast or hard.

Although it may be troubling when you are still experiencing symptoms, sinus tachycardia treatment is generally not necessary. Tachycardia is a condition during which the heart pumps faster and harder than normal. When this occurs during times of stress, excitement, or during physical activity, this is considered normal and healthy. This normal, and temporary, accelerated heart beat is referred to as sinus tachycardia. Only when this condition persists for unknown reasons is treatment necessary.

If a patient's heart beat remains elevated even at rest, sinus tachycardia may require treatment.
If a patient's heart beat remains elevated even at rest, sinus tachycardia may require treatment.

Most patients do not require any form of sinus tachycardia treatment because the condition subsides on its own after the body has settled. Some individuals may continue to experience a rapid heart rate even at rest. This is commonly caused by anxiety or drinking too much caffeine. If this continues, treatment for the underlying condition may be necessary.

Tachycardia may cause chest discomfort.
Tachycardia may cause chest discomfort.

The heart typically beats anywhere from 60 to 100 beats per minutes in a healthy adult. Weight and physical activity play a role in the heart’s beating patterns, but anywhere within this range is considered normal. There are a wide range of factors which may affect heart rhythm. Those who are severely overweight often have faster heart rates than those who are active and in a healthy weight range.

Those who are severely overweight often have faster heart rates than those who are active and in a healthy weight range.
Those who are severely overweight often have faster heart rates than those who are active and in a healthy weight range.

In some rare instances, sinus tachycardia treatment may be necessary, such as if the heart speeds up during times of excitement or exercise but exceeds normal speeds for an active heart rate. During times of anxiety the heart should begin beating faster, but if this becomes excessive it could indicate a problem even if the heart returns to normal. Treatment can include medications and sometimes surgical implants, but this is generally not necessary for temporary tachycardia.

If you feel that you require sinus tachycardia treatment because your heart rate is faster than normal, you may be given a thorough health exam. Anxiety is a common cause of this, so you will be asked about your emotional health as well. Medications are often used in the treatment of anxiety and stress, or you may be asked to remove the stressful situation from your life, if possible. Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants may also be recommended.

Sometimes taking certain medications or supplements may cause tachycardia. Diet pills are a common example. If your heart rate does not return to normal within a reasonable amount of time, you may have a more serious form of tachycardia. Treatment for long-term increased heart rhythm may vary.

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    • Doctors may prescribe medication to treat hearts that beat abnormally fast or hard.
      By: Shakzu
      Doctors may prescribe medication to treat hearts that beat abnormally fast or hard.
    • If a patient's heart beat remains elevated even at rest, sinus tachycardia may require treatment.
      By: adimas
      If a patient's heart beat remains elevated even at rest, sinus tachycardia may require treatment.
    • Tachycardia may cause chest discomfort.
      By: hriana
      Tachycardia may cause chest discomfort.
    • Those who are severely overweight often have faster heart rates than those who are active and in a healthy weight range.
      By: Николай Григорьев
      Those who are severely overweight often have faster heart rates than those who are active and in a healthy weight range.