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Atrial Flutter Vs Atrial Tachycardia
Sinoatrial node.: The normal heart rate "pacemaker" center is in the sinoatrial node, a part of the right atrium. Ectopic atrial tachycardia means that the pacemaker region (the part that is setting the heart rate) is in another location, & is acting erratically. Atrial tachycardia implies that it is the sinoatrial node that is acting erratically. They are similar, but the heartbeat starts at different points. ...Read more
Atrial tachycardia is a symptom in which a person's heart rate is faster than normal for his age or for the activity he is doing, and the electrical impulse for his heartbeats starts in the upper part of the heart (the atria). An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) ...Read more
Atria or ventricles: Supra ventricular tachycardia: from upper chambers of the heart, is due to irritability (increased automaticity) or a short circuit (reentry), heart is usually structurally normal. Ventricular tachycardia: from lower chambers of the heart, due to irritability, can occur in normal hearts but is more often seen in hearts with scar tissue or weak hearts and can be life threatening. ...Read more
Neither: Neither is worse, both require treatment when they cause symptoms. ...Read more
Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause very rapid ventricular activation during af, which can lead to vf. Rapid ventricular response may cause cardiac weakening over time, which in turn may increase the risk of vf. ...Read more
Ventricular fib: Vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation, while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Additionally, if the af causes a fast pulse for a prolonged period of time, this may lead to weakening of the heart and cause heart failure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Paroxysmal atrial tachy, flutter. Mitral regurg w/stenosis. Tricuspid regurg. Biatrial enlargement. Cardiac meds =hypotensive brady. Explain,thoughts?
Symptoms: You should be seeing a cardiologist for evaluation and management. ...Read more
Only in a Very Few: Generally, the answer to this is a very solid "no." this is a rare complication of people with another condition (on top of their afib) called wolff-parkinson-white syndrome (or wpw). In certain patients having both conditions, the top chamber is too-well connected to the bottom and can trigger ventricular fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irregular pulse: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that is intermittent (or paroxysmal), arising from the upper chambers of the heart (or atria), and is very chaotic, or irregular (fibrillating). It can cause problems because it usually drives the heart rate up too fast (giving symptoms and eventually weakening the heart) and can increase the risk of stroke. Causes of PAF are multiple. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fibrillation: atrial fibrillation has normal left ventricular contractions put poor atrial function. Ventricular fibrillation has no real ventricular contractions so blood pumping essentially stops. Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm you can live with. Ventricular fibrillation is a rhythm you die with unless it is corrected quickly. ...Read more
For: Any chances to "recover" from vfib one need to be in an intensive care an hooked to an ekg. And a slim chance to live. If someone collapses on the street, help has to come in minutes to jump heart back to normal rhythm. People who go in vfib have an underlying and severe heart disease. Conclusion vfib kills a afib can be controlled, even normal rhythm may be restored. Big difference! ...Read more
Mom Holter test.ventricular ectopic beats.Supraventricular summary 89307 beats total133,isolated112,pairs4,abberant0,runs3 run beats13.rhythym sinus.
Holter results: inspection of relevance ECG tracings is necessary for appropriate interpretive report. ...Read more
Both critical: Asystole mean ther is no heart activity the heart is not beating or moving in any way, it is the rhythm that a patient has when they are pronounced dead. Vtac and vfib are potential reversibly life threatening rhythms where the heart still has activity but it is not synchronized to provide forward blood flow. When recognized immediately there are interventions to reverse these two rhythm. ...Read more
Not really pulseless: When VT occurs at a fast enough rate, there is inadequate time for ventricular filling, cardiac output falls, and blood pressure falls. You may not be able to palpate a pulse but an arterial line would show a waveform that is reduced in amplitude. Rate is the key. As tissue perfusion fails, acidosis, hypoxemia and hyperkalemia result leading to ventricular fibrillation and death. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm currently on medication for paroxsymal atrial tachycardia but have been experiencing fluttering and pain in chest for 3 days?
Adjust meds: You need to contact your cardiologist or electrophysiologist as your medications may need to be adjusted ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends... : Treatment of a flutter depends on the type of flutter (typical or atypical), whether it's the 1st episode, the age of the patient, the presence or absence of underlying heart disease, and patient's personal preferences (more medications vs. Procedural approach (ablation). Ablation is an excellent option for typical flutter. You should discuss this with your doctor or an electrophysiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sure: While the immediate consequences of the knowledge may not be substantial (both can result in increased stroke risk and generally speaking patients with one heart risk for the other), isolated atrial flutter is often readily amenable to cure by catheter ablation procedures (85-98%). Atrial fibrillation is also amenable to such a procedure, though the success rates can be much lower (perhaps 70%). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Unless it is triggered by a mi by itself. ...Read more
Rate: Atrial futter is a tachycardia in which the atrial rate is between 151 to 250 beats per minute and the atrial rhythm is regular. The ventricular rate varies according to how many beats get transmitted through the node between the atria and ventricles. In atrial fibrillation the atrial rate is higher than 250 beats per minute and the atrial rhythm is very irregular and barely contract. ...Read more
Why the atrial fibrillation causing thromboembolic phenomena while atrial flutter don't cause it?
Short answer: Atrial fib has increased risk secondary to irreg.firing of atria and valves causing damage to blood cells. In flutter there is a more regular rate and atrial contractile function offers some protection but there is still a slightly increased risk. In chronic flutter, coagulation is necessary given the risk of stroke is the same as atrial fib. Pts with chronic flutter often have a fib as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I looked back at health records from three months ago and saw on an EEG I had "atrial flutter with 4:1 AV conduction" I was never told! What is this?
Not an EEG: an ECG or EKG ( EEG is a brainwave!!) The presence of flutter with 4 to 1 conduction is a BENIGN arrythmia HOWEVER I do think yoy ahould ask for more details about it and it should NOT be ignored! Was it temporary? USUALLY it is but this should be "followed up" Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
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