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What medications might I receive to treat a cardiac arrhythmia?

To treat a cardiac arrhythmia there are several different classes of medications that your doctor may prescribe. The most common class of medications would be beta blockers, such as metoprolol. Beta blockers work at the level of the cells that make up your heart muscle and help regulate how the electrical impulses that cause your heart to beat flow through your heart. There are other classes of medications and your doctor will chose the one most appropriate for you.
Any medication will depend upon the details of your particular condition. In general, medication that treats related conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or heart failure also can prevent and control arrhythmias. Sometimes anti-coagulants or blood thinners also are prescribed to reduce a patient’s risk of blood clots or stroke, as an arrhythmia prevents the heart from pumping properly.

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