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What does atrial fibrillation look like in EKG or holter? If you are already taking beta blockers to suppress arrhythmia, does it mask af in ekg?

What does atrial fibrillation look like in EKG or holter? If you are already taking beta blockers to suppress arrhythmia, does it mask af in ekg?

Atrial: The key is in the atrial signal on the ecg. The normal discharge from the top chambers (atria) which is the "p" wave is now missing and there is either a coarse erratic signal from the top or sometimes even a near flat signal. This will make the bottom chamber signal also erratic/irregular but the key to the definition is in the signal from the top. ...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


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Why does arrhythmia occur despite beta blockers?

Why does arrhythmia occur despite beta blockers?

Arrhhythmia: Arrhythmia occur because of several reasons requiring different treatments. Beta blockers are only one type of medication that are used for the treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker for arrhythmia?

What is the difference between a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker for arrhythmia?

How they work.: Calcium channel blockers (ccb) affect calcium channels in the heart muscle cells. Beta blockers (bb) affect beta receptors in the conduction pathways of the heart. Each act to decrease heart rate and can also decrease blood pressure. Sometimes with ccb, the heart experiences an increase in heart rate when blood pressure decreases. There are different brands and kinds of both medications. ...Read more

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What would be the best beta blocker to use for ventricular arrhythmia not caused by structural heart disease?

What would be the best beta blocker to use for ventricular arrhythmia not caused by structural heart disease?

Complicated question: Depends on the arrhythmia - premature beats could be treated with almost any beta blocker. Non sustained V tach might be better served with a calcium channel blocker or an anti arrhythmic agent (which has beta block like qualities) such as amiodarone or sotalol. You should discuss your particular case with your doc. Ablation may be a possibility. ...Read more

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Patients with heart arrhythmias or tachycardia are often prescribed a type of drug called a "beta-blocker". Should I be?

Arrhythmia: Individuals with rhythm disturbances that are fast, tachyarrhythmias, are sometimes given beta blockers as a first agent. These are blood pressure meds that act by lowering the heart rate and can prevent some arrthymias. These are used if someone has symptoms from the arrhythmia and overall are safe and well tolerated meds. ...Read more

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I'm a 19 yr old on bisoprolol for a suspected heart arrhythmia but all they can find during tests is sinus tachy Is it essential to take a beta blocker?

I'm a 19 yr old on bisoprolol for a suspected heart arrhythmia but all they can find during tests is sinus tachy Is it essential to take a beta blocker?

Depends: Usually not required for physiologic ST, unless episodes are prolonged or occur often, because the rapid heartbeat does not allow enough time for the heart to fill before it contracts, so blood flow to the rest of the body is compromised. Underlying causes are treated if present (WPW - medications or ablation may be needed to control PSVT. Try: Cut down coffee, alcohol, quit smoking, get more rest ...Read more

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If marijuana increases the risk of getting arryhtmias and heart attack, do u think beta blockers would decrease the risk while smoking? Anwer honestly

If marijuana increases the risk of getting arryhtmias and heart attack, do u think beta blockers would decrease the risk while smoking? Anwer honestly

It may: If marijuana is believed to have caused you arrhythmias would suggest stopping using it other than treating the side effects of it. Always remember that all drugs have a variety of potential side effects and the beta blockers are no different. ...Read more

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Is it possible for beta-blockers to cause damage to your heart in any way or form? I regret taking them because they gave me arrythmias. I'm 18

Is it possible for beta-blockers to cause damage to your heart in any way or form? I regret taking them because they gave me arrythmias. I'm 18

Cardiologist: Assessment, single agent beta blockers are safe, at times problems arise when combined with other beta blockers or some other medicines, need to follow up regularly with your primary doctor/cardiologist, goodluck ...Read more

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Will diltiazem HCl 120 mg help pvc's and arrythmias if beta blockers don't?

Will diltiazem HCl 120 mg help pvc's and arrythmias if beta blockers don't?

Sometimes: These are two totally different classes of drugs and depending on the mechanism by which your pvcs arise, a calcium channel blocker may indeed be more effective. If drugs fail you, an expert center and electrophysiologist may be able to perform a PVC ablation to eliminate the beats from within the heart, but such procedures require a skilled electrophysiologist for the best chance at good results. ...Read more

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Can taking beta-blockers like Metoprolol, Bystolic, (nebivolol) and Atenolol do damage to your heart in any way or form if your 18 taking it and got arrythmias?

Can taking beta-blockers like Metoprolol, Bystolic, (nebivolol) and Atenolol do damage to your heart in any way or form if your 18 taking it and got arrythmias?

Beta blockers help: Those beta blockers are meant to suppress arrhythmias. In general, beta-blockers are cardioPROTECTIVE - i.e., they protect (not damage) the heart. In fact, NOT taking them could be life-threatening, depending on the arrhythmia being treated. Sounds like u have seen a Cardiologist. Make sure to follow their advice. Or use HealthTap. Not knowing specifics, rely on ur doc for advice. TY, and GL! ...Read more

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I am experiencing arrythmia this evening when I lie down. Should I be concerned as I am already taking a beta blocker?

I am experiencing arrythmia this evening when I lie down. Should I be concerned as I am already taking a beta blocker?

Get a check up: Needs more information to see if you need to be concerned. However, please call your doctor soon and explain your condition. ...Read more

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Can? You stop arrhythmias without medication?

Can? You stop arrhythmias without medication?

Yes: Some arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia can be controlled with vagal maneuvers. Massaging the carotid artery where the vagal nerve passes thro. Svt are much more successfully controlled than any other arrhythmia. ...Read more

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How do you stop arrhythmia with medication?

How do you stop arrhythmia with medication?

Carefully: There are 2 major classes of medications for fast arrhythmias: those that slow the heart rate and those that change ion fluxes of heart muscle. The first class is inexpensive and very safe. The second class is expensive and can have serious side effects but may be more effective & necessary in some cases. Slow arrhythmias cannot be treated with medication and may require a pacemaker. ...Read more

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How much does it take to diagnose an arrhythmia?

How much does it take to diagnose an arrhythmia?

Capturing it: As a clinician you can strongly suspect it from a patient's description of symptoms but to accurately diagnose it you need to be able to record a symptomatic episode with some form of ECG (there are many modalities available that allow recording episodes even remotely). ...Read more

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I have been noticing arrhythmia and I am wondering if exercise can be dangerous?

I have been noticing arrhythmia and I am wondering if exercise can be dangerous?

Usually no: Does the exercise make it feel better or worse? Regardless, you should see your doctor to figure out what you are feeling. A 24 hour monitor can be worn to record your heart rhythm. If the symptoms are less frequent, a 30 day event monitor might give your doctor the information needed to give you solid advice. In the meantime it would be best to avoid strenuous exercise. ...Read more

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Why do anterior MIs cause arrhythmias?

Anterior mi's: All MIs are associated with arrhythmias. This happens because of the changes in conductivity of cardiac muscle from the dead and ischemic muscles. This is conducive to the formation of many kinds of arrhythmias. ...Read more

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At what point can an arrhythmia become life threatening?

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Too fast: Regardless of the origin of the arrhythmia, if the heart rate is too fast to be tolerated it can result in shock and degenerate into ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can you still have episodes of arrhythmias whilst taking bisoprolol?

Arrhythmia: Yes if you need more specific info you can consult www. Healthtap. Com/volkantuzcu ...Read more

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I have an arrhythmia and I was wondering if getting a pace maker will help?

I have an arrhythmia and I was wondering if getting a pace maker will help?

Let us not jump: To the conclusion here. There are benign arrhythmia and younger one is more benign condition one has. It is the slow heart rate which sometimes need pacemaker. So you should fine out what is happening with your HR. If it is fast or slow and then if it regular or irregular. Continuous or intermittent. What are the trigger factors. Talk to your doctor about this. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do heart arrhythmias start?

Arrhythmias: It depends on the arrhythmia, sometimes they are the result of scarring in the heart, or the result of valvular disease or high blood pressure. Often they can occur without any known cause, but due to an electrical disturbance in the heart which triggers the irregular beat and it is then conducted outside the normal conduction system of the heart. ...Read more

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Is sinus arrhythmia serious disease?

No: Sinus arrhythmia is a normal variation in the heart rate with the breathing cycle. It is not a disease. It is normal. ...Read more

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When does a bradycardia turn into an arrhythmia?

When does a bradycardia turn into an arrhythmia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia meaning heart rate less than 60- sometimes termed as bradyarrhythmia if slow heart rate associated with a rhythm abnormality such as slow atrial fib or flutter or premature ventricular contractions or premature atrial contractions etc. ...Read more

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What is a "bigeminy arrhythmia" and is it serious?

What is a "bigeminy arrhythmia" and is it serious?

Maybe: This is a rhythm where the natural pacemaker is causing a beat and then the ventricular innate pacemaker causes a premature beat giving a normal beat followed by a PVC and repeating this process over and over. This is sometimes present and not issues are identified and tolerated well. Others may have underlying cardiovascular disease and this could be a harbinger of a significant problem. C pcp. ...Read more

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Can you tell what kind of arrhythmia you have by feeling your pulse?

Can you tell what kind of arrhythmia you have by feeling your pulse?

Maybe: By feeling the pulse, it is often possible to determine if the heart is beating regularly or irregularly. The vast majority of sustained, irregular heart beats are caused by atrial fibrillation but this is not always the case and can only be confirmed with an electrocardiogram. If the pulse is regular, many different causes are possible. ...Read more

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I have frequent arrhythmia following heavy meals, should I be worried?

Possibly: You should certainly have this evaluated further.

It would be helpful to obtain long term rhythm monitoring with a Holter monitor or a longer term monitor. You would want to try to reproduce your symptoms while wearing the cardiac rhythm monitor so that the arrhythmia you experience can be evaluated further.

You may be require additional tests or medications depending on what is found. ...Read more

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What should be included for the discharge plan of a patient with arrhythmia?

What should be included for the discharge plan of a patient with arrhythmia?

See your doctor: Follow up plan to see your doctor. Otherwise there a great deal of variability between patients and their age. There is no standard plan. Some go out on meds and some with pacemakers and some on no medications. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which agent is often the first used for emergency therapy of arrhythmias?

Beta blockers: Beta blocker medications, either given orally or intravenously, are often used as first-line therapy for "arrhythmias." of course, specific arrhythmias require more specific treatment. ...Read more

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Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Also known as abnormal heart rhythm, it is any type of irregular heart beat. Serious types of arrhythmias occur when the heart races ...Read more