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What is tachycardia?

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When your heart beats much faster than its normal rate, it's called tachycardia. This tends to happen in decompensated heart failure. It can lead to several complications, including blood clots in the heart and fainting. The extra heartbeats can also weaken the heart muscle further.

Your heart can't keep it up, so after a while, it just won't be able to pump blood throughout your body anymore.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?" "Types of Heart Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Heart Failure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Stages."

American Family Physician: "Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Tachycardia: Symptoms and causes," "Cardiomyopathy: Causes."

UCSF Medical Center: "Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms."

BMJ : "ABC of heart failure: Acute and chronic management strategies."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?" "Types of Heart Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Heart Failure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Stages."

American Family Physician: "Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Tachycardia: Symptoms and causes," "Cardiomyopathy: Causes."

UCSF Medical Center: "Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms."

BMJ : "ABC of heart failure: Acute and chronic management strategies."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

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