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please tell me, could doctors miss an arrhythmia ?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Arrhythmia: Doctors are not perfect. The tests we use are also not perfect. We can miss things including arrhythmias. Having said that it probably is not terribly common as suspecting arrhythmia is fairly straightforward and tests to reveal occult arrhythmia are readily available.
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 19 years experience
Yes: Depending on whether you have the arrhythmia while you're monitored, the rhythm disorder may or may not be documented for review. Monitoring can be as short as the time it takes to have an EKG done (10 seconds) or as long as 3 years with an implanted monitor. Commonly, doctors prescribe cardiac monitors that patients wear for up to 30 days. It helps to have an EKG done while having symptoms.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is a "bigeminy arrhythmia" and is it serious?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Maybe: This is a rhythm where the natural pacemaker is causing a beat and then the ventricular innate pacemaker causes a premature beat giving a normal beat followed by a PVC and repeating this process over and over. This is sometimes present and not issues are identified and tolerated well. Others may have underlying cardiovascular disease and this could be a harbinger of a significant problem. C pcp.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmia?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Degree of danger: Although supraventricular arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances that originate in the atria) may lead to serious health problems over time, they are rarely an immediate life threat. In contrast, ventricular arrhythmias are truly life threatening and if not rapidly treated can lead to cardiac arrest and death. Automatic external defibrillators (aed's) were developed to treat ventricular arrythmias.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is an arrhythmia?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Irregular heart beat.: An arrhythmia is an irregularity of heart rhythm. There are many forms of arrhythmias, some arising from the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and some from the lower chambers (ventricles). In general, most of the atrial arrhythmias are benign and most of the ventricular arrhythmias are problematic. Your cardiologist usually treats the arrhythmias or may refer you to an electrophysiologist.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an arrhythmia?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Irregular rhythm: An arrhythmia is when the heart does not beat in the normal regular pattern that it usually does. This can be benign (where you have an occasional extra beat every now and then), to severe (a life-threatening irregular rhythm where the heart can not pump enough blood).
A member asked:

How fast can I make my arrhythmia go away?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Which arrhythmia?: It depends entirely on what type of arrhythmia you have. The causes of different arrhythmias will dictate how quickly and how completely reversible they are. Can you be more specific, please?

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