Atrial tachycardia is when the upper chamber of the heart have increased heart beat per minute than the standard, which will be as high as between 100 to 250 beats per minute. This condition is a type of arrhythmia or an irregular heart rhythm.
Atrial tachycardia may begin gradually or rapidly. Light-headedness, dizziness, and fainting are all symptoms of atrial tachycardia. Patient could also feel like their heart is pounding or racing. Although there are many potential causes for this condition, it is typically not dangerous. People who have undergone cardiac surgery or are pregnant may experience atrial tachycardia.
Other factors could also trigger this condition by alcohol intake, stimulant drugs, and an infection. Atrial tachycardia can be treated by stabilizing the heart rate with medications, vagal maneuvers, cardioversion, catheter ablation, implanted devices, as well as lifestyle adjustment for preventive measures.
Types of atrial tachycardia are the following:
In cases that there are more than one focus, it is called multifocal atrial tachycardia. This particular form of atrial tachycardia may be easier to diagnose but more challenging to cure. Numerous lung conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are the major causes.
Atrial tachycardia can occur without symptoms, and they can suddenly develop and resolve in a short period of time.
Adults typically experience the following symptoms when it occurs:
In an infant or children these symptoms can occur:
Atrial tachycardia can have several possible causes. It may include:
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