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A Fib Vs A Flutter Treatment
Irregular heart : A fib is a common arrhythmia in older adults. It is an irregularity of the pacing part of the heart. It increases symptoms like shortness of breath and palpitations. It is often due to hypertension or underlying heart disease. Meds can control the heart rate and reduce the risk of stroke. You should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more
Is supraventricular tachycardia hereditry? Had a heart ablation a while back for a rapid heartbeat.
Generally not: But some arrhythmias run in families....Talk to your physician. ...Read more
Define better please: What does better mean? Initial atrial flutter ablation success rates run around 80-85%. This for the typical flutter variety. A form of atrial flutter called atypical atrial flutter has a much lower success rate. But ablation is invasive, meaning there is inherent risk such as perforation of the heart, pericardial effusion, need for permanent pacemaker implantation, etc. Such risks are very rare ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Beside taking arrhythmia medicines, what are other option for atrial fibrillation? Does a pace maker or defibrillator cure a fib?
Ablation: Catheter ablation (pulmonary vein isolation) can be curative. Although not curative, an av node ablation in combination with a pacemaker or defibrillator can usually eliminate the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. If you have obstructive sleep apnea using CPAP can greatly improve atrial fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will having had serious femoral pseudoaneurysm be a consideration in getting a cardiac ablation for atril fibrilation?
? Cause: ? Supra effusion. If you have an intraarticular effusion( fluid in knee joint ) often the fluid will 'go' where there is the most space( suprapatellar pouch). Depends on what is causing this swelling... And it has to be distinguished from bursal ( extraarticular) fluid.Small joint swellings often dissipate on their own. If persists or recurs ; see ors. Best of luck! ...Read more
How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??
Electrophysiologist: what would indicate the need for a substrate catheter ablation for some one who is only a paroxysmal afibber? Thanks
Depends : It all depends on what is driving and or triggering your atrial fibrillation. The standard approach for someone with paroxysmal afib is a pulmonary vein isolation. However, if these patients are put into atrial fibrillation and then ablated with complex fractionated electro gram (CFAE) ablations - sometimes the triggers and substrate for afib are not localized to the region of the pulmonary veins. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cardiology #: What is the significance of benign tachycardia with a heart rate of 100? What could be a treatment for it, if one is needed?
Tachycardia: Normal heart rate usually run for 60-100, although there is some variance in 'normal.' If you have a sustained rate above 100 I would suggest getting it checked. There are many underlying causes of tachycardia, many of which can be serious. Don't necessarily worry about treatment to reduce the rate until you get it checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not definitive: Ecg can be completely normal unless you had a previous infarct or are currently having an acute coronary syndrome. There are signs suggesting ischemic heart disease but they re not definitive. A stress test is the next line of testing followed by cardiac catheterization which is truly definitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer