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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.

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A 51-year-old member asked:

What are the physical impacts of heart defects?

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Dr. Sue Hall
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Pediatrics 38 years experience
Fatigue, cyanosis: Babies who have heart defects may have a bluish hue to their skin and mucous membranes (cyanosis), or they may breathe faster and harder than normal. They may sweat and fatigue easily, being unable to feed normally. If your baby is diagnosed with a heart defect, his doctor should be able to tell you the specific signs to look for that would indicate he is struggling and may need help.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is a heart block a one time thing or a chronic disorder in the heart?

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Dr. David Shenouda
Cardiology 21 years experience
"Depends": Heart blocks are very variable from fairly benign (first degree) to pretty serious (complete heart block). They can be transient and benign like mobitz type 1 or they can be permanent. Some heart blocks may be more serious but can be reversed if their is an underlying problem such as lyme disease or medication reaction. Often times however a pacemaker may need to be implanted.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What's normal heart rate at 12 weeks?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Range 150 to 170: Festal hear rate at 12 wks will range 150 to 170 then starts to come down.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can make my heart rate slower than 80?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Improve fitness: Exercise and improve your fitness level. When the body becomes more efficient, your heart wont have to beat as much . Takes time and a lot of hard work, but surely worth the effort.
A 39-year-old member asked:

If I have a heart problem, should I avoid coffee?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: Some patients with rhythm problems are encouraged to avoid caffeine.

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