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

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 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 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the difference between atrial tachycardia and junctional tachycardia?

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Cardiology 52 years experience
Very little!: Rapid heart rhythm can have many causes. The most important difference is between those starting in the ventricles, v tach or v fib, which are often rapidly lethal, and those starting in the atria and/or av junction, which cause symptoms but are rarely fatal. The regular rapid rhythms atrial tachycardia or av junctional tachycardia can be hard to separate and are treated similarly.
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What to do if I have atrial tachycardia and was wondering if I would be able to get a cool adventurous job?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Why not: Atrial tachycardia is common in people. When we get excited, frightened, run or do something strenuous. In most cases it will not interfere with our job related activities if it is mild. If you have another kind of tachycardia, then you need to give us a more definite diagnosis.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between focal atrial tachycardia and av nodal re-entrant tachycardia?

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Dr. Ryan Cooley
Cardiology 29 years experience
Yes: Avnrt is due to an extra electrical pathway in the junction between upper and lower chambers that your born with. Whereas focal at is acquired and usually due to some scarring. Both ca be managed medically or potential cured by catheter ablation.
A 38-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 20 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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Does anyone have atrial tachycardia treatment?

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 20 years experience
Yes: Yes, atrial tachycardia can be well treated either by medications or catheter ablation. See your electrophysiologist to discuss.

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