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My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

No: Relatively benign condition and easily treated. Make sure he sees an electrophysiologist who will be able to get rid of that particular arrhythmia fairly easily. ...Read more

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Flutter (Definition)

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm in the top of the heart in which the top of the heart beats very fast but very regularly (as opposed to atrial fibrillation which is always irregular) and can lead to a rapid heart rate and ...Read more


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Should i be concerned if my girlfriend has cardiac arrhythmia i'm so worried?

Should i be concerned if my girlfriend has cardiac arrhythmia i'm so worried?

Cardiac arrythmia: It depends upon type of arrythmia. Now a days most of the arrythmias are treatable. Consult a physician (especially ep specialist). ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Is that something I should worry about?

My son was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Is that something I should worry about?

Yes: Find out what type of cardiomyopathy it is. Some will have a fairly good prognosis while others can produce a lt of symptoms and limitations. ...Read more

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If my son has a pda, should I be worried about other heart disease?

If my son has a pda, should I be worried about other heart disease?

Not particularly: A PDA is present in all fetuses & allows the fetus to minimize pumping work of the heart. It allows minimal blood flow into the lungs for growth, pumping most of the blood to the rest of the body for growth & placenta to get more nutrients. In the hours after birth, the PDA usually closes.(not always) rare blue baby heart pbs benefit from having a PDA remain open until surgery. ...Read more

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My sister has panic disorder. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has panic disorder. Should I be worried about it?

Yes: Sure. Panic disorder can significantly reduce the quality of life for some individuals. Sometimes it leads to agoraphobia (fear of going outside in public), and sometimes evolves into bipolar disorder or recurrent depression. Some evidence suggests that panic disorder increases the risk for suicide. On the other hand, pure panic disorder is a very treatable condition using medication. ...Read more

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My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

Yes you should worry: Huffing is a practice of inhaling chemicals found in various products such as spray paint. It reportedly produces an intoxicating effect. It is dangerous as it can cause deadly heart rhythms. Repeated use can damage the lungs, kidney and brains. Additionally, using any intoxicating substance can lead to a path of using stronger and more dangerous drugs. ...Read more

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My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

Valley Fever: For yourself, no. For your brother it depends on whether he has a mild or complicated case. Coccidioidomycosis aka valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of the fungus coccidioides immitis. The lungs are the primary organ of involvement. Try this website for comprehensive information http://www.Valley-fever.Org/. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Heart valve: There is no such thing enlarged heart valve. If you are taking about thickened heart valve with out stenosis then he should be ok. If it is myxomatous proliferation then you should see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I got an enlarged heart about 4 months ago. Now with heart failure. What should I be worried about and what should I be doing?

I got an enlarged heart about 4 months ago. Now with heart failure. What should I be worried about and what should I be doing?

Heart failure: You should be under the care of a physician and if available in a heart failure program. Diet and appropriate exercise as well as multiple effective medications are part of the regimen. Sometimes technology is used or surgery if appropriate. You should be learning about your disease from your care team and what to be doing to help yourself. ...Read more

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Why did my heart flutter multiple times? Should I be worried?

Why did my heart flutter multiple times? Should I be worried?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

No: It's not genetic, it's not contageous, it's not dangerous. It goes away eventually after the car ride. There are over the counter drugs you can take to prevent it from happening. Just be happy you didn't get it. ...Read more

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My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

IPF: There have been cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis reported in families. I have one patient who has had several family members have this process. There are no formal recommendations for family members of patients with ipf. I would make sure that your primary care physician is aware of your family history and is able to refer you to a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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My father had a heart attack when young. Should I be worried?

Let this prompt you: ...To get a thorough evaluation of your cardiovascular risk, and then to take the steps needed to reduce your risk. You do have risk because of your father's history, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything that can be done about it. Good luck! ...Read more

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When I was about 11 years old I was told by my family doctor I had an irregular heart beat. Will my heart rhythm always be irregular?

When I was about 11 years old I was told by my family doctor I had an irregular heart beat. Will my heart rhythm always be irregular?

Not necessarily: You may simply check your own pulse - at the wrist or at the neck or groin - to see if you can pick up any irregularity; ultimately one would have to have their heart trace recorded (EKG, electrocardiogram). It is done either at once or during a period of time (24 hrs), if indicated. Check with your doctor again, if there is any concern ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my friend's two day old baby has been diagnosed with a heart murmur?

Should i be concerned if my friend's two day old baby has been diagnosed with a heart murmur?

Rarely: Heart murmurs are common in newborn babies as their circulation changes after birth. Most resolve within weeks. However, if the baby is blue, cannot feed, has a very rapid breathing rate along with a heart murmur, that is much more concerning. This should be followed by the baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have had really abnormal heart pounding feelings and an ekg the doctor did said I have PVC's. Is this dangerous or something I should worry about?

I have had really abnormal heart pounding feelings and an ekg the doctor did said I have PVC's. Is this dangerous or something I should worry about?

Holter monitor: i would recommend a holter monitor to check your heart beats for 24 hours to make sure of the diagnosis and if this abnormal heart beats give symptoms you should follow up with cardiologist to have it treated to make you feels better as their is a specialized cardiologist in abnormal heart beats ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with colitis. Is that something I should worry about?

My son was diagnosed with colitis. Is that something I should worry about?

Yes: I assume you are talking about ulcerative colitis(uc). Uc is chronic condition and persist life long. It gets better with treatment. There are very good treatments. However needs maintainece treament to keep it in remission. If not treated properly it can have serious complications. ...Read more

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My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

No: Relatively benign condition and easily treated. Make sure he sees an electrophysiologist who will be able to get rid of that particular arrhythmia fairly easily. ...Read more

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What is atrial flutter?

What is atrial flutter?

An atrial arrhythmia: The two top chambers of the 4chamber heart are called atria. The normal heartbeat is set off in sinus node, a concentrated bundle of heart cells that sets off the lub (contraction of atria) of the lub dub. Every single heart cell has the capacity to depolarize & set the chambers into contraction. Atrial fibrillation or flutter causes chaotic atrial contrctns. Ekg in flutter looks like a saw tooth. ...Read more

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How do you define atrial flutter?

Flutter: Atrial arrhythmia rate 230-270 or so with a particular electrocardiographic pattern from abnormal focus of initiation in the atrium. ...Read more

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What can cause an atrial flutter?

What can cause an atrial flutter?

Several things: In general atrial flutter is often seen in the setting of an enlarged atrium (which in turn is a result of an enlarged left ventricle), or it could be because of underlying congenital heart disease, or it could just happen without any real well known understanding of exactly why. ...Read more

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How many types of atrial flutter?

Practical: from a practical standpoint think of it as one. No need to go beyond that. If a specific case arises, see a cardiac electrophysiologist (EPS) for further definition ...Read more

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Can you exercise with atrial flutter?

Can you exercise with atrial flutter?

Yes, but...: Atrial flutter requires medical evaluation and if it is chronic, you may need to be on an anticoagulant. Please consult with your doctor before engaging in exercise to identify the root cause of the flutter. ...Read more

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What are the tests for atrial flutter?

What are the tests for atrial flutter?

Electrocardiogram: If the atrial flutter is ongoing then a standard electrocardiogram will show it. If it only occurs on occasion, then home monitoring devices known as "event recorders" can be used so that the patient can record an electrocardiogram when he\she feels the symptoms. ...Read more

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What does an atrial flutter feel like?

What does an atrial flutter feel like?

It Varies: Palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, syncope, fatigue and sometimes none: some people are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrial flutter?

Butterflies: Butterflies in chest or a palpitations can indicate atrial fib or flutter. Make sure your blood pressure controlled. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for atrial flutter?

Cardioversion: This is the standard of treatment and it is a quick and easy, noninvasive outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an atrial flutter?

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Less common than AF: Atrial fluter less common than atrial fibrillation, and is often a indcator of future atrial fibrillation onset. You may not notice them, or you may feel a flutering in your chest. Atrial flutter can be caused by scarring in the heart resulting from prior cardiac disease or heart surgery, but it can also occur in some patients with no other identifiable heart problems. ...Read more

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Can I die from atrial flutter if I ignore it?

No doubt: You can die from drinking too much water but it's unlikely. Untreated atrial flutter usually causes a heart rate of 150 which is annoying for most people and, over several months, will weaken the heart muscle leading to heart failure. Blood clots can form inside the atria increasing the risk of stroke. Don't mess with atrial flutter - it needs attention. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to treat atrial flutter?

Nothing natural: Beyond a healthy lifestyle I am not aware of any specific "natural ways" to treat atrial flutter. It may require medications to control heart rate and/ or maintain normal rhythm. Depending on other risk factors you may need blood thinner to prevent stroke. The classic type of atrial flutter can also be cured by a procedure known as ablation. ...Read more

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Does atrial flutter usually cause many symptoms?

Does atrial flutter usually cause many symptoms?

Sometimes: Many people with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter will experience a racing and irregular heartbeat, lightheadness, and feeling off. Some people have no symptoms at all, however. An ekg can pick up this condition. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get atrial flutter?

Atrial flutter: Not an uncommon arrhythmia that is not life threatening but can be quite symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: atrial flutter?

Abnormal heart beat: Atrial flutter is an abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from the right atrium of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat very fast (called tachycardia). It may cause symptoms of palpitations, chest pain or shortness of breath, to name a few. This serious issue should be evaluated by your cardiologist, and further treatment is dependent on the particular cause. ...Read more

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How do I explain atrial flutter to someone in layman terms?

Rapid regular: It is a rapid, usually regular rhythm of the top chambers of the heart caused by a electrical signal spinning around very quickly, usually around 300 bpm. The bottom chambers usually only let no more that every other beat through so the pulse rate is usually 150bpm or 100, or 75. ...Read more

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Atrial Flutter (Definition)

An abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from an upper chamber (atrium) of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat ...Read more