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how much time does heart block last?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Heart block: Heart block has various causes and can last from one beat to permanent so there is a wide range depending on cause.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is a heart block a chronic disorder in the heart?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Arrhythmia: Heart block leading to a slowed heart rate can be acute, occurring secondary to external circumstances like increased vagal stimulation, low oxygen levels, or threatened coronary circulation. It can also be chronic occurring as a result of conduction system disease in patients with sleep apnea, myocardial scarring, aging, or infiltrative deposits.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is a first degree av heart block condition treatable?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
No: Treatment of first degree av block is not required except in very severe cases with a very long delay in conduction from the sinoatrial node to the av node. In these very rare cases, the treatment is usually a cardiac pacemaker. Otherwise the condition is of little to now concern.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what are the symptoms of heart block?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Many: Heart block can manifest as fatigue, palpitations, shortness of breath or syncope (passing out).
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can a heart block effect my job?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Heart block: If the resultant heart rate from the heart block is less than 60 beats per minute in a patient who's heart rate previously had been over 70 bpm, and doesn't speed up, there will be fatigue at least as the resultant symptoms.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to fly if I have heart block?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
It depends: There are several degrees of heart block. Third degree heart block usually causes very slow heart rates and can cause fainting or lightheadedness and is usually treated with a pacemaker. Lesser degrees of heart block usually cause no symptoms. It is ok to fly with a pacemaker but bring your pacemaker card with you as you may set off a metal detector. The low dose x-ray will image the battery.

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