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Why the overpressure on the anterior fontanelle by neonatal brain ultrasound cause bradycardia of the neonate?

Why the overpressure on the anterior fontanelle by neonatal brain ultrasound cause bradycardia of the neonate?

Cushing reflex: Increased intracranial pressure from any cause at any age & decreased blood flow to certain parts of the brain can cause Cushing's triad: increased blood pressure, irregular breathing, & bradycardia. Since a neonate's skull bones aren't fused, increased pressure causes the fontanelle to bulge. Doctors will determine the cause - hydrocephalus, bleeding, infection, etc. & reduce the pressure ASAP. ...Read more

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate, also called bradycardia, is defined as a resting heart rate (pulse) less than 60 beats per minute. Having a heart rate less than 60 is not necessarily abnormal. In fact, people in good cardiovascular shape have a low heart rate. People with certain heart conditions may take medications which lower the heart rate as one of ...Read more


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What is bradycardia?

What is bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is a heart rate less than 60 beats per minute by definition. There are many kinds of bradycardia. ...Read more

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What are causes of bradycardia?

What are causes of bradycardia?

It depends: Bradycardia indicates that the heart rate is too slow (< 60 BPM in adults). It may be associated with a normal electrical impulse (such as sinus bradycardia in a well-trained athlete or during sleep) or an arrhythmia (abnormal electrical impulse). Some of the more common abnormal rhythms associated with bradycardia include atrioventricular block, sick sinus syndrome, and junctional rhythm. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bradycardia?

What are the effects of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: This is simply a slow heart rate. In an athlete it can be normal, in a sick individual it can mean there are severe underlying issues. The bradycardia is usually a symptom of something else. If it is primary, coming from a heart that is beating to slowly for no outside reason then it could cause dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue or tiredness. If you have bradycardia you might need an eval. ...Read more

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What are the chances of bradycardia returning?

What are the chances of bradycardia returning?

100%: Bradycardia just means "heart rate <60". It will return in all human beings at some point, guaranteed; generally every night for most folks. Nothing wrong with that! ...Read more

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What is sinus bradycardia?

What is sinus bradycardia?

Slow heart rate: Generally a heart rate less than 50 beats per minute coming from the heart's natural pacemaker is considered sinus bradycardia. It is not necessarily abnormal as well conditioned athletes often have low heart rates. Some medications such as beta blockers slow the heart rate to this level. ...Read more

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How can you monitor bradycardia?

How can you monitor bradycardia?

Bradycardia: You can monitor bradycardia in multiple ways:
1. You can feel your pulse for ten seconds (in your wrist) and multiply by six to get heart rate in beats per minute (less than sixty beats per minute defined as bradycardia)
2. Ekg patches can be placed on y chest (for up to one month) that records your heart rate
3. Small device can be implanted under skin upto two years to record bradycardia. ...Read more

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Can valsartan cause bradycardia?

Probably not: Valsartan, also called Diovan (valsartan) is an "arb" (angiotensin ii receptor antagonist) typically used for the management of hypertension and congestive heart failure. The most common side effects are dizziness and lightheadedness, but not bradycardia. Another cause of bradycardia is more likely. ...Read more

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Can you define sinus bradycardia?

Can you define sinus bradycardia?

Yes: A slow heart rate in which the electrical signal for each heartbeat originates from the sinus node (where it's supposed to originate). Generally, in an adult, this means a heart rate of less than 60. But keep in mind you can have a heart rate less than 60 and still be okay. For example many good athletes, whose hearts are in great shape, have resting heart rates less than 60. ...Read more

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What causes of sinus bradycardia?

What causes of sinus bradycardia?

Normal or abnormal: Could be normal if physically fit as in athletes due to high parasympathetic tone. Abnormal sinus bradycardia could be due to degeneration of the cells in the sinus node, certain medications such as beta blockers, Diltiazem or verapamil and sinus node ischemia (insufficient blood flow). ...Read more

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Can bradycardia cause memory loss?

Can bradycardia cause memory loss?

Highly doubtful: Normal HR for a healthy, athletic 23 y.o. is in the 50's. I have seen the 40's as well, for well-trained athletes. ...Read more

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How dangerous is sinus bradycardia?

How dangerous is sinus bradycardia?

Depends: Heart rates above 50 are usually well-tolerated. Once below 50 symptoms usually develop. Heart rates approaching 30s can be dangerous. Overall any slow heart rate that is associated with symptoms can be dangerous. ...Read more

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What is sinus bradycardia and PRWP?

What is sinus bradycardia and PRWP?

ECG findings: "Sinus bradycardia" means the HR is slower than expected but otherwise normal by ECG findings. "PRWP" stands for "poor R wave progression" - it's an ECG finding that is relatively non-specific but requires interpretation with respect to your cardiac risk factors otherwise. If you are at elevated cardiac risk, then further testing would be recommended, such as stress testing or angiogram. ...Read more

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Is sinus bradycardia always abnormal?

Is sinus bradycardia always abnormal?

No: Sinus bradycardia may just mean that your heart rate is slightly below the calculated and established "average hr" for the population. Now, if your hr is so low that it is causing symptoms, is not able to maintain adequate blood pressure and / or does not rise with increasing activity, then it is abnormal and you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What are nursing diagnoses for bradycardia?

What are nursing diagnoses for bradycardia?

Counts pulse: The nurse would feel your pulse usually at the wrist to determine the number of heart beats per minute. If it is less than 60, that is defined as bradycardia. An EKG would determine the exact rhythm responsible for the slow pulse. ...Read more

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Can one year old still have apnea/bradycardia?

Can one year old still have apnea/bradycardia?

Apnea & bradycardia: Apnea and bradycardia may occur in newborns most commonly in premature newborns. This typically resolves by the time their adjusted age is full term. Patients may have apnea and bradycardia at one year of age, but the cause should be carefully investigated as this is not physiologic and represents a pathological condition. ...Read more

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A good food for a person with sinus bradycardia?

A good food for a person with sinus bradycardia?

What do you mean?: If you don't have a medical condition that requires dietary modification, any food that is healthy, nutritious, & balanced is good for a person with sinus bradycardia (SB) and without SB. Are you having symptoms from SB? Is it inappropriate SB (ISB)? Are you trying to TREAT SB with a modified diet? If so, use HealthTap Prime to discuss, as this isn't the proper forum in which to give medical advic ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with bradycardia?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is seen often in the doctor's office -- there are many causes, including a fit/athletic heart, medication side effects (beta blockers or certain calcium channel blocker), an older or weakening heart, and others -- make an appt. To see your doctor! ...Read more

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Can I use anticholinergic drug reverse bradycardia?

Can I use anticholinergic drug reverse bradycardia?

Do not experiment: Talk with to u physician and listen to his advise. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more