What is Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia?
Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia is one of the types of heart disease or arrhythmia an irregular heartbeat. It is a combination of 3 words. Paroxysmal which means that the arrhythmia begins and suddenly ends, Atrial means that arrhythmia Begins in the upper chambers of the heart and Tachycardia means that the heart starts beating abnormally fast, The heart rate is 160-250 per minute.
Causes of Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia
May be present in normal individuals, WPW syndrome (pre-excitation), digitalis toxicity, rheumatic heart disease, and coronary artery disease.
Clinical Features of Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia
Palpitations, chest pain, abrupt onset, excess urination.
Treatment of Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia
1. Sedation may terminate the attack.
2. Consult a doctor.