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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Heart Rhythms Meds Medication

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Can digitalis be used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Can digitalis be used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Yes: But it's not a first line medicine any more because there are newer, more effective medicines. It's still sometimes added to others though. ...Read more

Rhythm (Definition)

Rhythm "any regular recurring motion, symmetry may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions, this general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything microseconds ...Read more


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Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Ask a cardiologist: Digitalis has a long history of treating congestive heart failure by stimulating the heart muscle. I believe it is used in patients with heart failure but with a normal sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Never: Digitalis is used to control the ventricular rates of some abnormal fast atrial arrhythmias or svt. In atrial fibrillation it is utilized to control the fast rate. It does not "cure" the problem nor does it actually prevent the atrial arrhythmias, as antiarrhythmic medications would. ...Read more

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Digitalis cure? Does digitalis cure abnormal heart rhythms or just treat it?

Not a cure.: Digitalis is a medication that can improve some abnormal rhythms. The benefits it provides are only while receiving the medication. ...Read more

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How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

How do you define abnormal heart rhythms?

Many different types: A normal heart beat is regular like a clock ticking. There are many different types of abnormal heart rhythms. The heart rhythm could be either too fast, too slow or have some type of irregularity or skipping. Some of these abnormal rhythms are not serious. Some irregular rhythms are potentially dangerous. The best way to check is call you doctor and have an ekg or heart monitor performed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

What are the tests for abnormal heart rhythms?

Tests for arrythmias: After physical exam an ekg will determine the arrythmia most of the time and 24 hour holter monitor may be needed in some cases.Some abnormal heart rythm may require electro physiological studies, echocardiogram and coronary angiograms in some cases. ...Read more

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How do abnormal heart rhythms occur in the body?

How do abnormal heart rhythms occur in the body?

Abnormal heartrhythm: The major reason for abnormal heart rhythm happens because of automaticity in the heart cells, this can happen when cells get abnormally excited from various reasons. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

What are the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythms?

Abnormal heart rythm: There are many different abnormal heart rhythm with varying symptoms from cest pain, palpitation, dizziness, headache to syncope.There are basically two kind of abnormal heart rhythm tachyarrythmia(rapid heart beat)and bradyarrythmia(slow heart rate)different arrythmias have different symptoms. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with abnormal heart rhythms. What does this mean?

Depends: It depends on what the abnormal rhythm is. Mostly these are benign and fairly easily treated, while others have more complex treatment strategies or can potentially be dangerous. Need to find out what it is. ...Read more

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Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

Rebooting the system: Our heart works through electrical pathways. If these pathways get out of sync or mixed up then sometimes cardioversion or defibrillation a.K.A. "reboot of the system" can get the electricity back in sync. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for abnormal heart rhythms?

Too broad: Too broad of question. Please let us know what type of arrhythmia and the treatment recommended and perhaps we can answer you better. ...Read more

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Do abnormal heart rhythms decrease blood delivery?

Do abnormal heart rhythms decrease blood delivery?

Depends: It depends on the type of dysrhythmia and the rate. For example, atrial fibrillation with a heart rate in the 70-80s may cause no symptoms at all. A rate in the 150's may decrease blood pressure because there is not adequate time for the heart to fill between beats. A heart rate lower than 30 may cause a low blood pressure because the slow rate. Symptoms often relate to total cardiac output. ...Read more

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Does the guardian system detect abnormal heart rhythms?

Does the guardian system detect abnormal heart rhythms?

Yes and much more: The angelmed guardian system is an implantable st segment monitor. It is designed to detect an imminent heart attack or decrease in blood flow to the heart with exercise. It will also detect changes in the heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation or premature ventricular contractions. ...Read more

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Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Which diagnostic tests are used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Several: An EKG to see what the exact rhythm is and to look for other abnormalities. A history and physical examination. You may have a heart murmur or appear pale if you have anemia for instance. Blood tests to exclude anemia or an overactive thyroid gland for instance. A holter monitor to catch and record the abnormal rhythm. An echocardiogram to evaluate heart function and the valves. ...Read more

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What is an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct abnormal heart rhythms called?

Cardioversion-defib: An implantable aicd has cardioversion and defibrillation capabilities. However, usually, it delivers a defibrillatory shock when it detects a dangerous rhythm. Of course, the energy is much lower since less tissue needs to be penetrated (the electrical lead goes directly into the heart). ...Read more

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Why do abnormal heart rhythms cause nausea?

Vagal Response: In general, most cardiac rhythm disturbances will not cause nausea. However, there is a condition that can cause both nausea and arrhythmia (particularly slow heart rate), and that is called a vagal response. This is an abnormal reflex response which causes the heart rate to abnormally slow, and also has concurrent symptoms of nausea and/or "cold sweats" and/or lightheadedness. ...Read more

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With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

With abnormal heart rhythms what are my treatment options?

Hard to answer: There are hundreds if not thousands of abnormal heart rhythms. Rapid heart types are usually called tachycardias and slow heart types are called bradycardias. There is a lot of variability in between. Your pcp is a great place to start and depending on what they say, may refer you to a cardiologist or other heart specialist. ...Read more

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Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

Some, plus drugs: Depending on the cause & severity of the arrhythmia, relaxation techniques (medication, yoga, tai-chi) may be useful. Some anti-anxiety medications can be helpful as well. Beta-blockers are often used. Serious anti-arrhythmic agents are available, but some rhythm problems, especially in younger patients, may be amenable to electrophysiologic rx, like ablation, rather than lifelong drug therapy. ...Read more

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Can abnormal heart rhythms be detected with weekly fetal monitoring?

Can abnormal heart rhythms be detected with weekly fetal monitoring?

Often: If the arrhythmia is intermittent, it may be difficult to detect with weekly monitoring. Most of the significant fetal arrhythmias are sustained and should be detected by an examination that includes an assessment of fetal heart rate and rhythm. ...Read more

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What could lead to arrhythmia even on healthy beating hearts?

What could lead to arrhythmia even on healthy beating hearts?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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Safest schizophrenia medication for patients with heart disease and arrhythmia?

Aripiprazole: And other atypical antipsychotics can be considered amongst the safest for a case like this. Haloperidol (and other typical agents) is used sometimes, with caution. Ask your dr for a recommendation in this particular case. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would it be dangerous if i go on roller coasters with a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

Would it be dangerous if i go on roller coasters with a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

Arrhythmia: In general we do not recommend rollercoasters for people with significant cardiac arrhythmias. The stresses associated with rollercoasters could trigger arrhythmias or their complications. There are benign rhythm problems which wouldn't be a problem but a generalization would be no rollercoasters. ...Read more

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Heart arrhythmia question. How can I help my friend if she doesn't take her meds?

Heart arrhythmia question. How can I help my friend if she doesn't take her meds?

Can't: "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him (her) drink." doctors face this problem every single day! if the rhythm problem is not of the life threatening type, your friend may simply find the symptoms less onerous than the medicines. So be it. ...Read more

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Can a healthy heart get arrhythmia or irregular heart beat?

Can a healthy heart get arrhythmia  or irregular heart beat?

Yes: An otherwise normal heart can be subject to arrhythmias that are benign as opposed to a diseased heart( cardiomyopathy) which can be prone to potentially life threatening arrhythmias. ...Read more

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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