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A 17-year-old female asked:

Atrial ectopic tachycardia vs atrial tachycardia? what's the difference?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 22 years experience
Sinoatrial node.: The normal heart rate "pacemaker" center is in the sinoatrial node, a part of the right atrium. Ectopic atrial tachycardia means that the pacemaker region (the part that is setting the heart rate) is in another location, & is acting erratically. Atrial tachycardia implies that it is the sinoatrial node that is acting erratically. They are similar, but the heartbeat starts at different points.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between ectopic atrial tachycardia and focal atrial tachycardia?

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 43 years experience
For all intents and: purposes, they are the same thing. A fast heart beat driven by tissue in the top part of the heart that is not the sinus node. If it is ectopic then it is NOT the sinus node but somewhere else. If it is focal then it is localized but still not the sinus node, somewhere else but more discrete.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there a?Difference between atrial tachycardia and junctional tachycardia?

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes.: These are two different rhythms. Atrial tachycardia is an abnormal rhythm originating from either the left or right atrium. Junctional tachycardia is an abnormal rhythm originating from the av node. Neither is more dangerous than the other. The treatments will be different, usually.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

When can ectopic atrial tachycardia be dangerous?

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 44 years experience
Symptoms: If recurrent and causes symptoms of chest pain syncope and dizzy spells as well as angina or palpitation induced shortness of breath.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

Is reentry tachycardia or ectopic atrial tachycardia worse?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Neither: Neither is worse, both require treatment when they cause symptoms.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

How can ectopic atrial tachycardia be dangerous and how can it develope into other arhytmias?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
Atrial Tachycardia: It could cause chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, hypotension, dizziness, syncope. In the long run it could cause heart failure due to tachycardia.
Last updated Jan 5, 2017

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