When to go to the er for tachycardia?
Tachycardia – a condition where your heart beats faster than normal. While in some cases, it’s not dangerous and goes away on its own; yet at times it can be a symptom of an underlying health problem that requires immediate medical attention. So, when do you know if you have tachycardia? What are its causes? And when is it time to call 911 or rush yourself to the ER?
Tachycardia happens when your heart rate increases from the standard baseline rate of 60-100 beats per minute while resting. For some patients who exercise regularly, their cooler HR might typically average out at around 50 bpm – which would mean they wouldn’t become too concerned until their pulse reaches around 110 beats per min.
However, once your heartbeat races faster and crosses over120 beats per him-min (a threshold beyond which one may experience symptoms such as chest pain), then we recommend seeking help immediately.
Thus said (Live by these words)- Once someone starts experiencing associated signs without having done any strenuous activities, then it’s essential to take note:
- Do I need medical attention?
- Has this happened before?
- What was my body doing during those episodes last time this occurred?
While most people with tachycardiac symptoms experience pulsing hearts but carry no other red flags; however few warnings like Fainting pale skin/cold sweats could indicate that something far more serious is happening inside us!!
Types of Tachycardias
There exist different types of tachycardias:
Ventricular ones are life-threatening instances arising due to abnormal electrical discharges within our lower chambers-wholly disrupting regular blood flow.
Supraventricular tachs (SVTs) manifest in the upper half of our hearts and can last from a few seconds to hours.
An irregular rhythm sometimes leading to stroke risk, where your heart’s atria quiver instead of contracting- causing blood pools that could clot over time.
Some critical signs indicate whether you ought to rush yourself or someone for medical attention. Some examples (A true blessing);
- Abrupt onset
- Associated pain rather than merely consistent racing sensations:
- Pale skin/Cold Sweats
Always better safe than sorry – even if it turns out being only “tropopause,” (settle down Howard Hughes) then avoid fretting needlessly when a doctor’s office or an ED visit is usually all that is needed.
Causes of Tachycardia
Tachycardia occurs when electrical impulses on your heart deviate from their regular course, usually resulting in the speeding up of your heartbeat rate beyond 100 beats per minute while resting/stressed/upset/angry/frustrated…(you get my drift)
Causes are enough ranging irrespective but generally classified based upon their mechanism—effects vary depending upon age and underlying health:
- Normal aging changes.
- Congenital abnormality affecting one’s cardiovascular system at birth, like defects present inside chambers/or abnormal distribution path wiring amongst them, predisposes infants & toddlers mostly towards SVTs invariably coupled alongside complex CHD underlined issues needing urgent intervention with significant multidisciplinary teams often amounting to various modes in mitigating well-being optimization outcomes.
(Freaky AF, isn’t it?!)
- Chronic use/misuse drug usage (antidepressants & Cocaine),
& some chronic infections/diseases(some I said!!)
are also culprits worth noting.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Tachycardia
We usually advise patients to do away with anything that could be a documented cause of raising heart rates – have them avoid caffeine, quit smoking and drinking, manage their anxiety patterns through regular yoga or meditation. In extreme cases where they don’t respond well to initial management plans, certain medications may prescribe from the “anti-arrhythmic/sedative” which can bring rhythm control back towards normal levels culminating better outcomes for such interventions further down line(Phew)
But no matter what angle you examine it from; fast heartbeats inevitably always take center stage as the one symptom demanding immediate attention & thorough evaluation since when it comes to sudden cardiac events-the choice is crystal clear…. Stay calm under pressure-and head straight for your local Emergency room without any delay… after all – Time waits for none.