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Ongoing Care

Ongoing Care


If you have an arrhythmia that requires treatment, you should:

  • Keep all of your medical appointments. Always bring all medicines you're taking to all of your doctor visits. This helps ensure that all of your doctors know exactly what medicines you're taking, which can help prevent medication errors.

  • Follow your doctor's instructions for taking medicines. Check with your doctor before taking over-the-counter medicines, nutritional supplements, or cold and allergy medicines.

  • Tell your doctor if you're having side effects from your medicines. Side effects could include depression and palpitations. These side effects often can be treated.


  • Tell your doctor if arrhythmia symptoms are getting worse or if you have new symptoms.


  • Allow your doctor to check you regularly if you're taking blood-thinning medicines.

  • If you have an arrhythmia, taking care of yourself is important. If you feel dizzy or faint, you should lie down. Don't try to walk or drive. Let your doctor know about these symptoms.

  • Ask your doctor whether vagal maneuvers are an option for you. These exercises, which people who have certain arrhythmias can do, may help stop a rapid heartbeat.

  • Learn how to take your pulse. Discuss with your doctor what pulse rate is normal for you. Keep a record of changes in your pulse rate and share this information with your doctor.

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