A 49-year-old male asked:
Irregular heartbeat i had a severe copd attack 2 weeks ago which i ended up in the hospital for 6 days two of which was in the icu on bipap and the other four i was on oxygen because my saturation level would not stay above 90%.....yesterday i went to the
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Dr. Randi Leggettanswered
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
It : It depends on what rhythm the ekg showed. Patients with COPD get all kinds of odd heart rhythms, some need to be corrected and some do not. Some, like atrial fibrillation, where the small chambers of the heart beat in an uncoordinated fashion, need to have the blood thinned. Other called svts are very fast heart rates that can be slowed by the medication bystolic (nebivolol) and controlled.Some are brought on by low oxygen levels in the blood and stabilize as you get better.Skipped beats are often "pvcs" which are premature beats in the ventricle and don't really affect your health too much. So a good question to ask your doctor is "what is the heart rhythm called and how is it best treated?". Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's your heart after all.
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