by EBSCO Medical Review Board

Not all arrhythmias need to be treated. Many are harmless and don't cause problems. When they affect how your heart works and cause problems that affect your daily life, you may need to be treated. The goal is to return the normal rhythm to the heart. This will help you avoid:

How arrhythmias are treated depends on the type, cause, and seriousness of the type you have. Common methods include:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments


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