tachy·​car·​dia | \ ˌta-ki-ˈkär-dē-ə How to pronounce tachycardia (audio) \

Definition of tachycardia

: relatively rapid heart action whether physiological (as after exercise) or pathological — compare bradycardia

Examples of tachycardia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One man’s Apple Watch alerted him to an unusually high heart rate, which led to a diagnosis of tachycardia. Andy Meek, BGR, 21 July 2022 In mid-February, after an episode of tachycardia that led to an E.R. visit, he was taken off both medications. Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 On a daily basis, people with ventricular tachycardia could have no symptoms at all, or have frequent feelings of palpitations. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 His representative said Gottfried's death was caused by a heart rhythm issue called recurrent ventricular tachycardia, which resulted from myotonic dystrophy type II. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 Nine months after welcoming their first child with boyfriend Alev Aydin, Halsey has been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Sjögren's syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2022 The chance of having recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, though, is exceedingly rare, Haythe says. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 Publicist Glenn Schwartz said Gottfried died in Manhattan from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to type II myotonic dystrophy. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 Comedian Gilbert Gottfried died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia, a condition caused by the rare genetic muscle disorder type 2 myotonic dystrophy. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tachycardia

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tachycardia

New Latin

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“Tachycardia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tachycardia. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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tachy·​car·​dia | \ ˌtak-i-ˈkärd-ē-ə How to pronounce tachycardia (audio) \

Medical Definition of tachycardia

: relatively rapid heart action whether physiological (as after exercise) or pathological — see junctional tachycardia, paroxysmal tachycardia, sinus tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia — compare bradycardia

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