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

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 42 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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What does the surgery for atrial tachycardia involve?

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Dr. R Hardwin Mead
Cardiology 42 years experience
Do U mean ablation?: An ablation procedure for atrial tachycardia involves placing catheters into the heart and "mapping" the heart to determine the location of the arrhythmia. Radiofrequency energy is then used to cauterize the tissue and destroy the area causing the arrhythmia. You can speak to a cardiac electrophysiologist to learn more.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What should the ECG tracing of mat (multifocal atrial tachycardia) look like?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Typically : To be classified as mat there needs to be 3 different P wave morphologies.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How could ventricular tachycardia feel different from atrial tachycardia?

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Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
No definite rules...: Can differentiate these 2 arrhythmia types, although ventricular tachycardia generally causes more severe symptoms such as chest pain, fainting and even a cardiac arrest. Atrial tachycardia almost never causes cardiac arrest, although can be felt as palpitations with lightheadedness or difficulty breathing.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

What is the success rate of ablation of atrial tachycardia?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Great question: It's variable depending on location (left vs right sided). Talk to the electrophysiologist who would perform to get best information specific.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between supraventricular tachycardia and multifocal atrial tachycardia?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
SVT and MAT: Mat is a kind of svt. Usually mat implies significant cardiac or pulmonary pathology. Svt can happen in less abnormal hearts.

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