Treatments for rhythm disorders can be broadly classified into the following categories:
- No treatment when arrhythmias (irregular rhythms) are minor or nonexistent or symptoms are minor. This would include isolated PACs and PVCs.
- Addition of or change in medication.
- Implantation of a permanent pacemaker or ICD (implantable cardiac defibrillator) to correct a known condition or implantation of an implantable cardiac monitor in an attempt to capture data to help with a diagnosis.
- Use of an invasive procedure to correct a mechanical problem with blood flow (this could be either an angioplasty and stent or a bypass).
- Use of an invasive procedure to correct an electrical problem causing rapid and irregular rates (generally an ablation).