Home Care Tips for Patients Suffering from Arrhythmia
Usually, heartbeat increases due to various reasons, including stress, pre-existing heart problems, and it might be challenging to understand the reason. The irregularity in the heartbeat is termed as arrhythmia or a rhythm heart disorder. Arrhythmias occur when electric waves that control the heartbeat do not function properly. You may feel this condition in your chest, throat, or neck when the heartbeat becomes irregular. But the catch here is that the pandemic situation makes it all the riskier for people. It is still advised to only visit hospitals when in dire need else consult the doctors through phones, videos chats, etc.
Arrhythmia is a condition, which can happen at any time. We could divide the patients into two groups, one being those who are prone to it and already know about their condition and others who have no clue if they had a heart rhythm disorder ever in their lifetime. There are patients’ groups which have an ejection fraction less 30 per cent, are the patients who are prone to arrhythmia. These can be listed under the dangerous category as it can be fatal, cause life-threatening situations and most of these patients, who are already on medication for the same, actually prevent the arrhythmia from occurring. But there is no treatment possible, which is 100 per cent safe when we talk of the heart rhythm conditions. In such cases, patients should understand their situation, follow the doctor’s brief. Symptoms may vary from palpitations, fast heartbeat, discomfort, giddiness, etc.
The other group who have never had any such problems in the past or suddenly experience a faster heartbeat will complain of:
· There will be a thumping in the chest
· Difficulty in breathing
· A feeling of a weight on their chests
· Some patients may feel reeling of head
The first and foremost thing to be done when anyone experience such symptoms is to lie down flat on the back. This is essential in case the BP is sinking or reducing. Apart from that, the patient should take an extra dose of arrhythmia medication that is given to them by their doctor. This is done to prevent or break the circuit of arrhythmia, which is happening. This situation is nothing less than an emergency in pat
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Dr. Vanita Arora, Director and Head Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab & Arrhythmia Services Max Saket is the best cardiac electrophysiologist, interventional cardiologist and heart specialist.