Arrhythmia can be controlled by yourself, know the options.
Feeling the heartbeat is one of the most pleasant sensations you can have with your body, because despite knowing that inside you you have a set of organs working all the time, the one that most shows its presence is the heart, in the time to pump the blood and spread it throughout your body.
While the beats are normal there is no problem, but if they appear with greater intensity, you should pay attention and go to a doctor as soon as possible, because it may be a cardiac arrhythmia.
According to Dr. René Asenjo, member of the Chilean Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, arrhythmia “is a normal heart rhythm disorder. The heart has a certain regularity in terms of minimum and maximum rate, and anything that is out of that regularity can be considered arrhythmia.
The normal heart rate range in resting condition is between 50 and 100 beats per minute, more than 100 is considered tachycardia. Depending on the specific conditions in the functioning of each organism, this can have consequences such as the lack of blood in the brain, “because the heart goes so fast that it no longer fills well with blood, it does not expel blood well and then it does not the blood reaches the brain well, and it is the first to realize it and that is why the brain causes you to feel dizzy, “explained Cardiologist Manlio Fabio Márquez Murillo, President of the Mexican Society of Electrophysiology and Cardiac Stimulation (SOMEEC), in an interview done on the internet.
Risk factors and common symptoms
Some risk factors for presenting a tachycardia are:
Having hypertension (when the blood moves with higher pressure than normal through the arteries)
Excessive use of tobacco, alcohol and / or caffeine
Among its main symptoms are:
What to do to decrease tachycardia?
In case of suffering from a properly diagnosed tachycardia, there are some resources that the sufferer can implement to control it. Among them are the so-called “vagal maneuvers.” Its name is due to the nerve called «vagus», which can travel throughout the body and helps lower the heart rate, explains Dr. Márquez, who adds that these strategies are generally used when the patient has already been treated by a doctor and it has been identified that it is a benign tachycardia. In these cases, the patient is recommended to perform the following maneuvers:
This method is used in case of fainting, it consists of placing the patient on a flat surface that covers his entire body, with a 45º elevation from his hip to his feet.
It is not necessary for the patient to vomit, it is enough to insert a finger into the mouth or any other object that can cause that sensation, that fuss inside.
It is not necessary to have a throat infection or a “real” cough, the important thing is that this effort is made to stop the rhythm of the heartbeat and improve its condition.
All that is needed is to rub the lids with the eyes closed. To do this it is only necessary to touch them with the tips of your fingers, making circles with moderate speed from one side to the other.
You should exhale, cover the nostrils, and push for 10-15 seconds, releasing sharply. If it helps you, you can purse your lips to make you feel more confident.
You only require water, preferably ice cold; If you do not have a container large enough to fit your head, pour water and ice into a bowl and wait a few minutes for it to cool, then put your face in the water for a few minutes.
These measures are effective and safe as long as you have already consulted your doctor, who will teach you in more detail to implement them in any emergency, if you do not require any medication.