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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of a cardiac arrhythmia?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of a cardiac arrhythmia?

Palpitations,: Depending on the type if arrhythmia being contemplated - symptoms may range from modest palpitations, to more severe sensations raiding from the chest. - shortness of breath, fatigue etc at times, people may be symptomatic. Definitely follow with your doc on this one. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Definition)

Abnormal heart rhythm is a condition in which a person has an abnormal heartbeat pattern, as detected by an EKG (electrocardiogram) of the heart. Some abnormal rhythms run in families (hereditary abnormal rhythms). Some abnormal rhythms are not dangerous, while others can cause ...Read more


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How? Do you? Diagnose an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: We generally diagnose an arrhythmia by a patient having symptoms and an electrocardiogram or ECG monitor displaying the arrhythmia so we can identify it. Sometimes the patient has no symptoms but is on a monitor and we see an arrhythmia with no symptoms. Arrhtymia means abnormal rhythm........ ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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What is the cause of having an arrhythmia?

What is the cause of having an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: Arrhythmias have lots of potential causes, they range from structural abnormalities, through physiologic and psychologic stresses, chemical drivers, smoking and other things..... ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for cardiac arrhythmia?

Are there treatment guidelines for cardiac arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia Guideline: Here's on such guideline: http://www. Escardio. Org/guidelines-surveys/esc-guidelines/guidelinesdocuments/guidelines-vascd-ft. Pdf
google is a wonderful tool :-). ...Read more

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How does sinus arrhythmia go away?

Possibly: It is possible for sinus arrhythmia to gradually resolve. This is not a dangerous finding. ...Read more

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Reflux symptom starts off with nauseousness, you want to throw up, belching and burping, then pain goes into the back, causing the heart to flutter. Had to have ablation to fix the arrhythmia. Still have the attacks, but the heart does not race now. Stan

Reflux symptom starts off with nauseousness, you want to throw up, belching and burping, then pain goes into the back, causing the heart to flutter. Had to have ablation to fix the arrhythmia. Still have the attacks, but the heart does not race now. Stan

Hello.: Hello. I don't know what the cause of your symptoms is.
Possible symptoms of reflux include: regurgitation of acid into your throat or mouth. This can leave a bad taste in your mouth or even cause you to vomit. Symptoms which fall under the category of dyspepsia include: nausea or burping after eating, feeling bloated or uncomfortably full with possible pain in the upper abdomen after eating a big meal. The symptoms can be triggered after lying on your back, eating too much or bending over; especially if lifting something heavy. Heartburn can be experienced as burning that can rise from your stomach and ascend as high as the throat.
Here is the problem. Sometimes when a person is having a heart attack, they may think that they are having heartburn. The fact that your pain goes into your back and that your heart is fluttering is of concern. You didn't mention if you have any sense of tightness or issues with your breathing. Also don't know if you have been having these events for years or if they just started.
If there is pain in your neck, shoulder, jaw or teeth or you are experiencing shortness of breath, that could be more suggestive of cardiac. Cardiac events can lead to feeling dizzy, nausea or having increased sweating. The pain from a cardiac source is often described as tightness, fullness or "feeling like their is an elephant sitting on my chest." it can occur intermittently for minutes at a time. If your symptoms are consistent with a heart attack then please call 911. Regardless, you need to have your symptoms medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

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What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia of the heart that you can actually feel?

What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia of the heart that you can actually feel?

Several: These include palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or "flip-flops, " or feeling that your heart is "running away").Pounding in your chest. Dizziness or feeling light-headed. Fainting. Shortness of breath. Chest discomfort. Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired). ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of heart arrhythmia?

Palpitations: Mostly patients report having palpitations, or feeling that heart is beating fast &/or strong. Some may feel lightheaded or dizzy. Occasionally serious arrhythmia may be associated with chest pain, and loss of consciousness (loc). Pt with palp and loc should seek medical attention immediately. Also, loc may be the only sign, especially during exercise, and needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of arrhythmia. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of arrhythmia. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

Depends: It would be important to know what type of arrhythmia you have. Some arrhythmia have nothing to do with lifestyle, while others do. A heart monitor can define arrhythmia. ...Read more

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How to diagnose arrhythmia? What is the process for diagnosing arrhythmia? I suspect I might have it, but I don't want to endure expensive or difficult procedures to diagnose it.

Rhythm recording: While there are symptoms that are very suggestive of an arrhythmia, the condition can only be diagnosed with accuracy with a recording of the rhythm at the time of symptoms. During a physical examination an irregular rhythm can be detected; however the precise nature of the irregular rhythm cannot be discerned without the rhythm recording. ...Read more

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Can you describe how arrhythmias feel like?

Can you describe how arrhythmias feel like?

Flip Flops: An arrythmia or iabnormal heart beat may be of several types. A tachycardia or rapid rhythm feels like a racing heart but not brought on by exercise. A slow heart beat may lead to fatigue or passing out. The most common arrythmia is due to extra beats which feel like a "flip flop" sensation due to the extra early beat or a pause after the beat with a "sinking" feeling in the chest. ...Read more

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HR rises & falls twice (Up, down, up, down) during each set of inspiration & expiration. Shown in ANS tests. Variation of normal Sinus Arrhythmia? Or?

HR rises & falls twice (Up, down, up, down) during each set of inspiration & expiration. Shown in ANS tests. Variation of normal Sinus Arrhythmia? Or?

Sinus arrhythmia: Sinus arrhythmia only reflects an exaggeration of a normal behavior. Everyone's HR tends to vary slightly with the normal changes in pressure in the chest with breathing. Your HR should increase with inspiration and decrease with expiration. If this variation is quite obvious, then we call it a "sinus arrhythmia, " but it's not generally clinically significant. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has arrhythmia? What do they need to know?

Arrhythmia: I wouldn't try too hard to explain arrhythmias to little kids. I'd just tell them grandma has a heart problem. Plenty of adults don't understand what we're talking about in this area. ...Read more

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Can cardiac ischemia cause arrhythmias? If so, how?

Can cardiac ischemia cause arrhythmias? If so, how?

Yes: Cardiac ischemia causes lack of blood flow to the heart muscle and can trigger ventricular arrhythmia. Premature ventricular contraction is common. In severe cases, it can also lead to ventricular tachycardia (consecutive fast heart beat from the ventricle of the heart). Sometimes with heart attack, fatal ventricular fibrillation (very fast irregular abnormal beats from ventricle) can occur. ...Read more

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What does migraine fainting spells dizziness back pain loss of balance muscle weakness and arrhythmia mean?

What does migraine fainting spells dizziness back pain loss of balance muscle weakness and arrhythmia mean?

You need a doctor: That's a lot of things that a doctor would call "red flags." that means that some of that suggests at least the possibility of serious problems. If you haven't had a comprehensive evaluation for your symptoms, you need one. I'd start with an internal medicine doctor and let them refer you to specialists as needed. ...Read more

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Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Natural cure for arrhythmia? Is there any way to treat arrhythmia without prescription medication?

No and Yes: There is no natural cure for an arrhythmia. There are some circumstances where an arrhythmia may resolve without treatment, but these are uncommon. There is a procedure, known as catheter ablation, that can be performed to eliminate an arrhythmia and avoid the need for prescription medication. ...Read more

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Does toprol (metoprolol) XR help treat cardiac arrhythmias?

See below: It is primarily an antihypertensive medication, but does slow the heart rate. Thus, it has been used in the tratment of rapid rates. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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My grandpa who is almost 67, is being treated for cardio arrhythmia. Are these 2 diseases related?

"cardio arrhythmia": This is 1 entity and not necessarily a disease. It simply means that his heart beats out of rhythm. Since all hearts do that sometimes, it doesn't necessarily mean that his heart is actually abnormal. The nature of the rhythm disturbance and underlying health of his heart determine the significance. ...Read more

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What's the difference between catheter ablation and radiofrequency ablation for treating arrhythmias like svt?

What's the difference between catheter ablation and radiofrequency ablation for treating arrhythmias like svt?

General term: Catheter ablation is a general term referring to elimination of electrical conduction in very specific areas of the heart. Two primary technologies are used to perform catheter ablation. Radiofrequency energy is a rapidly alternating electrical current that generates heat at the point of catheter contact. Cryo ablation uses super cooled nitrogen to freeze at the point of of catheter contact. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How is treatment of long qt syndrome different from treatment of arrhythmias?

How is treatment of long qt syndrome different from treatment of arrhythmias?

May be same: Long qt syndrome is a spectrum of genetic conditions that result from gene mutations affecting how electrolytes are handled in heart muscle cells (there are >8 types of these). Most of these mutations predispose to potentially life threating arhrythmias occuring with mild provocation. Some of these may be preventable with arrhythmia medications and some require electrical cardioversion (icd). ...Read more

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What is a treatment for a 10 year old girl with arrhythmia?

What is a treatment for a 10 year old girl with arrhythmia?

Depends: There are many different types of arrhythmias. Depending on the type, the choice of medication would be different. Best would be to see a pediatric cardiologist for advice. ...Read more

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Can radiofrequency cardiac ablation help cure arrhythmia?

Can radiofrequency cardiac ablation help cure arrhythmia?

Yes: The more general term for the procedure is catheter ablation. In essence the abnormal tissue in the heart that is supporting or causing the arrhythmia can be destroyed by either burning it (radiofrequency ablation) or by freezing it (cryoablation). For many arrhythmias, this treatment is highly effective with cure rates approaching 100%. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

Yes: There are many effective ways to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent consequences such as heart failure. The most common way is with medications such as beta blockers or other anti-arrhythmic medications. There are also procedures, called ablations, which treat the arrhythmia by interupting the electrical signals of the arrhythmia. A qualified cardiologist should be able to help. ...Read more

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What are the drugs used to treat cardiac arrhythmia?

What are the drugs used to treat cardiac arrhythmia?

It depends!: There are many - but the choice depends on the specific rhythm disorder being treated. Many have side effects, and doctors are using these drugs less than they did in the past. The choice of which drug, if any, to use depends on how troublesome the arrhthmia is, and whether an ablation procedure is available that may eliminate the need for drugs. ...Read more

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My mom gets cardiac arrhythmia, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets cardiac arrhythmia, so am I likely to get it later?

Possibly: Depending on how old she was when she first had her arrhythmia, and what kind, your risk varies. Some arrhytmias (atrial fibrillation) have less heritability risk; others (ventricular arrhythmias) have a higher risk. ...Read more

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Sudden death from arrhythmia a risk to healthy individuals as well as those w/CAD and/or prior MIs? Correlation between PVCs & sudden death risk?

Sudden death from arrhythmia a risk to healthy individuals as well as those w/CAD and/or prior MIs? Correlation between PVCs & sudden death risk?

PVCs: PVCs signal risk in those with known coronary artery and or heart muscle disease. Otherwise normal patients who happen to have PVCs do not seem to have an increased risk of an event signalled by the PVCs. ...Read more

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What to avoid drinking with heart arrhythmia?

What to avoid drinking with heart arrhythmia?

Caffeine, alcohol: Some people - but not all - with arrhythmias are sensitive to caffeine and alcohol. Other common triggers include stress, lack of sleep, sugar, sleep apnea, and chocolate. For people with known triggers, avoidance is the key. ...Read more

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What is an arrhythmia?

Irregular heart beat.: An arrhythmia is an irregularity of heart rhythm. There are many forms of arrhythmias, some arising from the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and some from the lower chambers (ventricles). In general, most of the atrial arrhythmias are benign and most of the ventricular arrhythmias are problematic. Your cardiologist usually treats the arrhythmias or may refer you to an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Also known as abnormal heart rhythm, it is any type of irregular heart beat. Serious types of arrhythmias occur when the heart races ...Read more