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Dr. Jerome Zacks
226 doctors shared insights

Cardiac Arrhythmia (Overview)

The normal heart beat starts in the sinus node of the right atrium. An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too fast, too slow, starts in a different place, or if the electrical activity of the heart circulates through a different pathway than the normal paths.


Dr. Edward Hoffer Dr. Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
48 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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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Dr. Jerome Zacks
226 doctors shared insights

Cardiac Arrhythmia (Overview)

The normal heart beat starts in the sinus node of the right atrium. An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too fast, too slow, starts in a different place, or if the electrical activity of the heart circulates through a different pathway than the normal paths.


Dr. Vasudev Ananthram Dr. Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
28 years in practice
Bangalore University, Bangalore Medical College
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What are the most common symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia?

What are the most common symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia?

None, one or many: Palpitations, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, fatigue, passing out or nearly passing out and chest pain are some of the common symptoms. You may have one or more of these symptoms or none at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
16 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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What is a cardiac arrhythmia like and how do you diagnose it?

What is a cardiac arrhythmia like and how do you diagnose it?

Palpitations: One may feel a "flutter", "skip", "thump" for single beats or "pounding", or "racing" for continued rhythm disturbance. These are all descriptions often reported when the heart beats out of its normal steady rhythm and, collectively, are termed "arrhythmia." it's diagnosed on ekg or more prolonged cardiac recordings called "holter" (24 - 48 hours) or event monitoring (a month or more). ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my cardiac arrhythmia?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my cardiac arrhythmia?

Cardiologist: Better see a cardiologist. Special tests are needed depending on the kind of arrythmia. ...Read more

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Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
Clinical Psychology
11 years in practice
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Dr. Bart Denys Dr. Denys
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
35 years in practice
Catholic University of Leuven Faculty of Medicine
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My doc says i've got cardiac arrhythmia. What does this mean?

My doc says i've got cardiac arrhythmia. What does this mean?

Cardiac arrhythmia: Translated into plain english: your heart is not beating perfect like a metronome :-) this can be as simple and benign as a skipped beat (everybody has those) to life-threathening as in ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. And then there is everything in between. Ask your doctor for a more specific definition and explanation! ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure evaluations are updated
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Meet with a psychologist
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Join Spec ED Parents Organization
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Dr. Bart Denys Dr. Denys
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
35 years in practice
Catholic University of Leuven Faculty of Medicine
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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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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Can cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Which kind?: Some arrhythmias have definitive treatments (atrial flutter, re-entry tachycardias), others have helpful treatments (atrial fibrillation and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia), and others you can reduce the risk of side effects and risk of death. See your electophysiologist (cardiologist with special training in arrhythmias) about yours. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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How come I have cardiac arrhythmia, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have cardiac arrhythmia, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not inherited: While there are some conditions that cause arrhythmia and run in families, most are not inherited. Underlying heart disease (eg hardening of the arteries, rheumatic fever), electrolyte imbalance, drugs, stress, alcohol, smoking and many other factors are involved. Rare entities: brugada syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, prolonged qt syndrome may run in families. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald McCarren Dr. McCarren
Neurology
32 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Dr. Christopher Abel Dr. Abel
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What is a cardiac arrhythmia?

Abnormal heartbeat: A problem when the heartbeat is either too fast, too slow, or irregular. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Which kind?: Some arrhythmias have definitive treatments (atrial flutter, re-entry tachycardias), others have helpful treatments (atrial fibrillation and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia), and others you can reduce the risk of side effects and risk of death. See your electophysiologist (cardiologist with special training in arrhythmias) about yours. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
Neurosurgery
31 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Could a cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Could a cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Arrhythmia cure: If the patient is very lucky, cures sometimes happen. Most often effective treatment is present but not necessarily cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Ilyas Colombowala Dr. Colombowala
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
15 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What can be done for cardiac arrhythmia?

What can be done for cardiac arrhythmia?

Several options: Arrhythmias can be divided into tachycardias (too fast) and bradycardias (too slow). Rhythm problems can be treated with medications or ablation procedures. Sometimes, pacemakers or defibrillators are used to treat arrhythmias. Lifestyle changes or certain maneuvers can also help manage rhythm problems. Other approaches involve lowering your risk of complications such as stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
330 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Warren Foster
155 doctors shared insights

Heart Arrhythmia (Definition)

Irregular heart beat is by definition this could be physiological like sinus arrhythmia and abnormal with different types atrial and ventricular as well as whole array of variety atrial fib.Flutter ventricular tachycardia vpc ...Read more