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what is an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct abnormal heart rhythms called?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Defibrillation: If it's a potentially fatal heart rhythm (eg ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation), it's called defibrillation. In this case, a large amount of energy is delivered directly to the heart to stop it so that the internal pacemaker can re-activate it to a (hopefully) normal rhythm. In all cases, CPR (chest compressions) are required as well.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Cardioversion: If non-fatal (like atrial fibrillation), it's cardioversion in which a lower energy & specific electrical phase is given with the patient sedated but awake so that the rhythm can be converted to the normal, sinus rhythm.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Cardioversion-defib: An implantable aicd has cardioversion and defibrillation capabilities. However, usually, it delivers a defibrillatory shock when it detects a dangerous rhythm. Of course, the energy is much lower since less tissue needs to be penetrated (the electrical lead goes directly into the heart).

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What is the name of an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct certain abnormal heart rhythms called?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Cardioversion: Cardioversion is the name of the electric shock delivered to the heart to 'reset' abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias.
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Can heart problems/racing heart make it difficult to breathe?

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Yes: The heart and lungs work together and shortness of breath can result from pulmonary or cardiac or both . Please see a physician for further evaluation.
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Can eating milk chocolate decrease my risk for heart disease?

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Dr. James Strader
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No: Dark chocolate, in moderation (1 small piece / day) appears to help lower the risk of heart and vascular disease. Milk chocolate does not have the same benefits due to the additives used to turn it into "milk" chocolate.
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How much experience must I expect in a personal trainer for heart rehab?

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Cardiac rehab: Ecrrcose physiologists or technicians who work in cardiac rehab have specialized training that personal trainers do not. Get enrolled in a dedicated cardiac rehab program.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What diet will prevent the progression of heart disease?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
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Somewhat: Diet with modification of fat intake, coupled with exercise can help slow heart disease progression. To say it can prevent it is probably stretching things. However, there is no question that regular exercise coupled with good diet habits and a physician's guidance imo can clearly improve one's cardiac disease status. I believe considerable research exists to back up that statement.

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