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When to Go to the Hospital for Rapid Heart Rate

In an emergency room (ER), we frequently see patients with various heart-related symptoms, one of which is a rapid heart rate known as tachycardia. Understanding when this condition requires immediate medical attention can be lifesaving.

Understanding Tachycardia

Tachycardia refers to a heart rate that exceeds the normal resting rate. Generally, this means over 100 beats per minute in adults. While it's not always dangerous, tachycardia can disrupt normal heart function and lead to serious health complications.

Symptoms of Tachycardia

While some people with tachycardia may experience no symptoms, others may notice palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, rapid pulse rate, chest pain, or fainting. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if they're new or worsening, it's crucial to seek prompt medical attention.

When to Visit the ER?

Tachycardia can be a sign of a severe heart condition that requires immediate treatment. You should visit an ER if your rapid heart rate is accompanied by the following:

  • Severe shortness of breath

  • Chest pain

  • Fainting or near-fainting spells

  • Severe dizziness

  • Sudden weakness

These could indicate conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or even a heart attack.

Treating Tachycardia at the ER

In the ER, we prioritize stabilizing your condition. This might involve medication, cardioversion (electric shock treatment), or other interventions to slow down the heart rate and restore a regular rhythm.

Prevention and Long-Term Management

Preventing episodes of tachycardia involves managing underlying health conditions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, and avoiding triggers like caffeine and alcohol.


Rapid heart rate or tachycardia can indicate a serious health condition. If you experience any symptoms of tachycardia, especially if they're severe or new, don't hesitate to seek immediate medical help. In the ER, our priority is to stabilize your condition and provide the necessary treatment to ensure your heart health.