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 Coronavirus fears Miriam’s 15-year-old daughter, Julieth, suffers from migraines, asthma, chronic gastritis and tachycardia, a rapid heart-rate disorder. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Immigrant mother: ‘They tried to separate my daughter from me’," 4 June 2020 In the Brazil study, two of the 37 patients who were getting high doses of chloroquine developed ventricular tachycardia, a dangerous heart arrhythmia that led to their deaths. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Malaria drugs fail to help coronavirus patients in controlled studies," 17 Apr. 2020 The chemically similar drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine pose heart-rhythm dangers, including the too-fast heartbeat called ventricular tachycardia, the FDA said. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Warns Against Use of Chloroquine Outside of Clinical Trials," 24 Apr. 2020 Anything higher than that is known as tachycardia, the fancy way of describing the sensation that your heart is galloping a mile a minute. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Surprising Reasons Your Heart Is Racing and How to Remedy Them," 27 Mar. 2020 Though the tumor is benign, its location may obstruct blood flow and is often associated with arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms — and ventricular tachycardia, according to Boston Children’s Hospital. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Baby with Rare Heart Tumor Awoke from Coma Smiling — and Now He Needs Life-Saving Surgery," 25 Oct. 2019 Oliver had two episodes of ventricular tachycardia within his first 48 hours. BostonGlobe.com, "IM AND LYDIA CAMERON’S 2½-year-old son, Oliver, doesn’t like to sit still. The toddler climbs and tumbles and runs around their home in Oxfordshire, England. He can play with his Thomas the Tank Engine trains for hours. He hasn’t napped for at least a year.," 28 Sep. 2019 Alyssa, 24, has a type of supraventricular tachycardia, a condition in which the heart beats very fast for a reason other than exercise, high fever or stress from time to time. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Bringing Up Bates Star Alyssa Webster Undergoes Second Heart Surgery in 4 Months," 29 Aug. 2019 But to be safe, Lynsey took Austin to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a common cause of a rapid heart rate, or tachycardia, in infants and children, according to MedLine. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Says Smartwatch Saved His Life After Detecting Extremely High Heart Rate," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Jun 2020

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“Tachycardia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tachycardia. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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