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A 33-year-old male asked:

Have ectopic atrial tachycardia.is it someting u are born with or can it develope over time?if the latter what can cause it?came after extreme stress

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Happens: If it is truly ectopic atrial tachycardia as opposed to reentry tachycardia, it IS something that just happens over time and is usually due to extreme stress and/or cardiac stimulants such as nicotine/caffeine/asthma meds/amphetamines. A betablocker often will help. Reentry tachy requires that you're born with the predisposition, & can be treated with meds or ablation.

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Last updated May 15, 2014

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