In some cases, patients who are experiencing palpitations can be prescribed medications that can alter the conduction of the electrical impulses that are sent to the atrioventricular node, slowing them down. In doing so, the heart rate will return to its normal rhythm.
- Beta-Blockers: Beta-Blockers act upon the involuntary nervous system of the heart, blocking beta-adrenergic substances such as adrenaline. This relieves stress on the heart, allowing it to beat more slowly.
- Calcium Channel Blockers: This class of drugs blocks calcium from the heart muscle and arteries, helping the heart pump more efficiently and slowing its rate.
- Digoxin: Often used to treat heart failure, digoxin slows the electrical conduction between the atria and ventricles, reducing the heart rate during atrial fibrillation.
- Blood Thinners: Used to reduce the risk of blood clots in the left atrium, blood thinners can reduce the risk of stroke in patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation.