Tachycardia refers to a condition of an irregularly rapid beating of the heart. Tachycardia is defined as a heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute, while a normal heart beats is measured at 72 beats per minute. Tachycardia occurs when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats do not function properly and cause the heart to beat irregularly fast. In some situations, an increased heart rate can be normal, such as during exercise and stress. However, depending on the extent of the Tachycardia and the overall health of the patient, tachycardia may be dangerous and require serious medical attention.
If the heart rate is abnormally increased for an extended period of time, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the bloodstream can be dramatically altered. Tachycardia can cause stress on the heart because the heart muscle is forced to take less time to relax between each contraction. Patients with Tachycardia may often feel out of breath because the faster the heart beats, the more oxygen it requires. In serious cases, Tachycardia can be life threatening and a sign of larger cardiac problems.
Symptoms of Tachycardia include:
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations (an uncomfortable sensation of a racing heartbeat)
- Chest pain
- Light headedness
Tachycardia is a serious side effect of the following medications:
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