Tachycardia is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats faster than normal. A normal heart rhythm is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. In tachycardia, the heart beats faster than 100 beats per minute. There are different types of tachycardia, including sinus tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.
Sinus tachycardia is an increased heart rate caused by the sinus node, the place in the heart where the heart rhythm is generated. This can occur, for example, during exercise or stress. Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder in which the atria, the atria of the heart, no longer contract normally. This can lead to an irregular and fast heart rhythm.
An accelerated heart rate can have various causes, such as heart problems, medication use, stress and caffeine use. Sometimes it can also be the result of an underlying medical problem, such as thyroid problems or an infection.
Diagnosing a too fast heart rate
To diagnose tachycardia, the doctor can use different methods, such as measuring the heart rate with a blood pressure monitor. This device not only measures blood pressure, but also heart rate. In tachycardia, the heart rate is above 100 beats per minute in adults and above 150 beats per minute in children.
A blood pressure monitor that can detect tachycardia while measuring is the Rossmax X9 professional blood pressure monitor. If it detects an accelerated heart rate during measurement, it will display it with a symbol in the top right corner of the screen.
Another option is to purchase one electrocardiogram (ECG). Depending on the cause and severity of the tachycardia, the doctor may prescribe different treatments, such as medications or cardiac arrhythmia surgery.
For more information about tachycardia and other heart problems, please visit the Heart Foundation. This foundation provides information, advice and support to people with cardiovascular disease and their loved ones. They also work to improve the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
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