Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - DLB on April 24, 1999 at 18:51:34
It depends on the circumstances. If your heart rate is jumping up to 160 while you are sitting around not doing anything, then it is time to go to the ER. If your heart rate goes to 160 with exercise, that can be quite appropriate. The diagnosis of true inappropriate sinus tachycardia is difficult to make. If it is being considered, you should be evaluated by a cardiac electrophysiologist. You can be treated with either medications or an ablation procedure, depending on the specifics.
I hope this has been useful. Feel free to write back with further questions. Good luck.
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