Adenosine for Fast Heart Rates
Why It Is Used
Adenosine is used in the hospital to try to restore a normal heart rate and rhythm when you are having an episode of Reference supraventricular tachycardia Opens New Window.
Adenosine is always given by a doctor while you are hooked up to a heart monitor. It is given through a vein (intravenous, or IV). Adenosine works very quickly and lasts only a short period of time (less than 1 minute).
Adenosine may be used to diagnose tachycardia or to help find the location of the fast heart rate.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology