LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE EFFECTS OF A HEART ATTACK: LONG-TERM DRUG THERAPY: DRUGS TO MINIMIZE IRREGULARITIES IN THE CARDIAC RHYTHM
Not all irregularities of the cardiac rhythm are in need of treatment. Treatment is indicated:
When the irregularities of cardiac rhythm impair the function of the heart (for example, a pulse which is too slow or too fast for the age of the patient);
When the irregularities pose a threat to the life of the patient (for example bursts of premature ventricular beats);
When the irregularities do not pose a threat but are very uncomfortable to the patient.
In such cases the disciplined intake of medication can play an important role. By disciplined we mean taking the exact amount prescribed at the correct time. Such discipline is important because the drugs are effective only for a certain period of time (for example, 8 hours) and must therefore be taken after a specific time period to ensure the maintenance of a sufficient blood concentration.
Cardio & Blood