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What are the treatments for arrhythmias?

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If you need treatment, the kind you get will depend on your case. You might need medication or surgery. For instance, a surgeon may place an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in your chest or belly. It will track your heart and reset your heart rhythm if it has a problem. Often, the ICD also works as a pacemaker to prevent you from developing a slow heart rate and to help your heart beat properly.

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Kenneth Ong, MD, associate chief of cardiology, director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, director of Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging Laboratory, Brooklyn Hospital Center. William G McDonald, MD, FAAEM, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Kathryn L. Hale, MS, PA-C, medical writer, eMedicine.com. Alan D Forker, MD, program director of cardiovascular fellowship, professor of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine.

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, senior pharmacy editor, eMedicine.

Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, attending doctor, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Kenneth Ong, MD, associate chief of cardiology, director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, director of Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging Laboratory, Brooklyn Hospital Center. William G McDonald, MD, FAAEM, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Kathryn L. Hale, MS, PA-C, medical writer, eMedicine.com. Alan D Forker, MD, program director of cardiovascular fellowship, professor of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine.

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, senior pharmacy editor, eMedicine.

Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, attending doctor, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

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