Sinus tachyarrhythmia and other types: causes, diagnosis, treatment

From this article you will learn: what is tachyarrhythmia, its types, why it appears, and how to get rid of it.

Contents of the article:

  • Tachyarrhythmias
  • Causes of pathology
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment methods
  • Forecasts for tachyarrhythmias of different species

Another name for tachyarrhythmia is tachycardia. This is a kind of arrhythmia, in which the heart rate is increased. The heart rate( abbreviated to HR) with tachyarrhythmias is more than 100 beats per minute.

Completely get rid of the disease can be, only eliminating its root cause, because usually tahiaritmia - this is not an independent disease, but a symptom of other pathologies. Treatment is performed by arrhythmic or cardiac surgeon.

Clinical signs of tachyarrhythmia

Varieties of pathology

What are the forms of tachyarrhythmia:

  1. sinus( constant),
  2. paroxysmal( paroxysmal).

Depending on the heart chambers that are involved in the pathological process, these types of tachycardia are distinguished:

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  • atrial;
  • ventricular( especially dangerous ventricular fibrillation, which in most cases ends in a lethal outcome).

Sinus tachyarrhythmia is an atrial form of arrhythmia. It is associated with an incorrect operation of the sinus node( part of the conduction system of the heart located in the right atrium).

With this type of pathology, the heart rate is more than 100 beats per minute. The heart beats constantly, even at rest;sometimes the pulse does not become less often even during sleep.

Paroxysmal tachycardia is one that occurs as seizures. It can be both atrial and ventricular. Heart rate for paroxysmal tachyarrhythmia - from 150 to 220 cuts per minute.

Varieties of paroxysmal tachycardia: flutter and atrial fibrillation or ventricles.

  • Trepidation is a rhythmic contraction of the atria or ventricles with a frequency of 200-300 pieces per minute.
  • Fibrillation - chaotic contractions of the heart chambers with a frequency of more than 300 per minute.

Causes of Arrhythmia with Accelerated Heartbeat

Causes can be divided into 2 groups:

  1. intracardial( heart disease-related);
  2. extracardiac( associated with impaired functioning of other organs).

Causes of sinus tachycardia

Tachyarrhythmias of this type occur more often due to extracardiac factors.

noncardiac causes intracardiac causes
Anemia Heart failure in chronic
Hypotension Ischemia
heart medication, quickens the heartbeat Myocarditis
Hemorrhage Myocardial infarction
hyperthyroidism( thyroid disease) Cardiomyopathy
temperature increase in inflammatory diseases
Neurocirculatory or vegetovascular dystonia

Causes of paroxysmal tachycardia

Factors that provoke atrial paroxysmal tachycardia, flutter and atrial fibrillation

extracardiac intracardiac
Hyperthyroidism Heart failure
Chronic kidney disease Coronary
apnea heart disease( stop respiratory movements) during sleep mitral valve
Hypertension pericarditis, myocarditis
Alcoholism Anomalies interatrial septum
HIV Dilated cardiomyopathy
Red - surrounded by an attack of paroxysmal ciliary tachycardia on a cardiogram. The graph above is the norm. Click on photo to enlarge

Causes of ventricular tachyarrhythmia, flutter and ventricular fibrillation

  • Myocardial infarction,
  • ischemia,
  • myocarditis,
  • WPW-syndrome,
  • LGL syndrome,
  • cardiomyopathy.
How does myocardial infarction occur. Click on photo to enlarge


Tachyarrhythmias type Symptoms
Sinus Accelerated pulse( more than 100 per minute), palpitations, a sense of lack of air.
Some patients generally do not notice these symptoms.
Paroxysmal Dizziness, premarrowing, a feeling of strong palpitation, a feeling of "contracting" the heart.
Less common - nausea, profuse sweating.
Symptoms start to appear suddenly and also unexpectedly end.
Flutter, atrial fibrillation Symptoms of heart failure: dizziness, shortness of breath, discomfort or pain in the heart.
Sometimes flutter or atrial fibrillation can be asymptomatic. In this case, the first manifestation of the disease may be its complication - stroke.
Flutter, ventricular fibrillation Decreased pressure, loss of consciousness.
Normal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation on ECG


Tachyarrhythmia of any species is visible on the ECG.

In case of paroxysmal tachycardia, the patient can not pass the ECG directly during an attack. Therefore, such patients are prescribed Holter examination. To carry out such a diagnostic procedure, electrodes attached to a special portable device that the person wears in a pocket or on a belt are attached to the patient's body. It records the electrical activity of the heart throughout the day. Sometimes the diagnostic time is extended up to 7 days( to fix an attack of tachycardia).

After decoding the cardiogram and establishing the type of arrhythmia, an additional examination is prescribed.

  • First and foremost, this Echo KG is the study of all the heart chambers using an ultrasound machine. It is necessary in order to identify heart defects, because of which tachycardia could arise.
  • Also, doctors can prescribe duplex aortic scans, coronary angiography, EFI and other diagnostic procedures.
  • If there is no heart disease or vascular disease, a thyroid, liver, kidney examination is performed.
  • The patient gives blood tests.
Echocardiography is ultrasound of the heart

Treatment methods

The essence of the treatment is to eliminate the disease that caused tachyarrhythmia. After curing the underlying disease, there is also a tachycardia.

Treatment can be both conservative and operative.

If the pathology of the heart rhythm has arisen for extracardiac reasons, medication is administered( to reduce the concentration of thyroid hormones in the blood, to lower or raise blood pressure, etc.) or to eliminate the unfavorable factor( bad habits or stresses).

With heart failure prescribe drugs, whose action is aimed at strengthening the heart and blood vessels, preventing the occurrence of attacks of arrhythmias.

If tachycardia appears against a background of heart defects or serious vascular disease, perform the operation:

  • in atherosclerosis - stenting vessels;
  • in case of atrial septal defect - its plastic;
  • for mitral valve pathologies - its prosthetics;
  • with WPW- or LGL-syndrome - radiofrequency ablation;
  • with dilated cardiomyopathy - heart transplant.
Stenting the vessel with a stent

If tachyarrhythmia is severe, then symptomatic therapy is added to the treatment of the underlying disease. With sinus tachyarrhythmia, beta-blockers are used, which slow down the heartbeat. When paroxysmal tachycardia use antiarrhythmic drugs for an urgent withdrawal of an attack.

If seizures of paroxysmal tachycardia persist after treatment, an pacemaker is installed, which controls the rhythm of the heart and prevents the occurrence of arrhythmias.

Treatment of flutter and fibrillation of the heart chambers is specific. With atrial flutter, anticoagulants are prescribed for the prevention of thromboembolism. The rhythm itself is restored with the help of antiarrhythmic drugs( for example, amiodarone, propafenone, procainamide) or by electric cardioversion.

If fluttering or ventricular fibrillation, emergency medical attention is necessary. Urgent defibrillation is performed( special electric shock).Its effectiveness depends on how quickly the patient began to treat.

Forecasts for tachyarrhythmias

Prognosis depends on the form of the disease.

  • The sinus form of tachyarrhythmia is the safest of all. It rarely provokes complications. They can occur only if the disease is not treated for a long time.
  • The prognosis for paroxysmal tachycardia depends on its localization.
  • Atrial tachycardia can cause thromboembolic complications.
  • Atrial fibrillation has a risk of stroke( in 1.5% of cases in patients aged 50-59 years, in 23.5% of cases over the age of 80 years).
  • The most dangerous form of paroxysmal tachycardia is ventricular. During the paroxysm of ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation may develop, which in 60% of cases leads to death.