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Can a pacemaker revive someone from a fatal arrhythmia?

Can a pacemaker revive someone from a fatal arrhythmia?

Only if slow: A pacemaker will revive you from a dangerously slow heart rhythm. Most fatal arrhythmias however are due to ventricular arrhythmias that lead to cardiac arrest. These are very fast rhythms in which a pacemaker won't do anything for but an implantable defibrillator would help. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...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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Recently diagnosed with Sjogren's & APS. I wonder if autoimmune can causing arrhytmias? I have hx of SVT and VT before ablation & wearing a pacemaker.

Recently diagnosed with Sjogren's & APS. I wonder if autoimmune can causing arrhytmias? I have hx of SVT and VT before ablation & wearing a pacemaker.

There are extremely: rare autoimmune conditions that can affect heart rhythm. It is unlikely this is the cause of your SVT and VT especially since you had an abatable focus. These autoimmune causes of arrhythmia are not treated with ablation and pacing so your autoimmune disease is unlikely to be related. ...Read more

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Beside taking arrhythmia medicines, what are other option for atrial fibrillation? Does a pace maker or defibrillator cure a fib?

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 more

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How common is it to deveop fatal arrhythmia with previous normal ecgs over 10 years ?

How common is it to deveop fatal arrhythmia with previous normal ecgs over 10 years ?

Almost unheard of: Unless there has been a major cardiac event in the meantime. There are some congenital heart rhythm defects, but are usually seen with ecg abnormalities. I am very curious what prompts this question in a 24 y/o man. ????? ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is least likely to cause fatal heart arrhythmias or allergic reactions? How safe is ammoxillin?

Which antibiotic is least likely to cause fatal heart arrhythmias or allergic reactions? How safe is ammoxillin?

Amoxicillin: Is quite safe if no allergy to it, as for the arrhythmia, it isn't a concern with amoxicillin, rather with other groups of antibiotics, as macrolides, again very rare, not dose related, at times when those drugs are combined with other medications in patients with history of arrhythmias. Wish you wellness ...Read more

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I had a cardiac MRI done which showed thickening in my left ventricular. Is there a chance i can have fatal arrhythmia because of this?

I had a cardiac MRI done which showed thickening in my left ventricular. Is there a chance i can have fatal arrhythmia because of this?

Maybe: You need to know if this is a concentric vs septal hypertrophy of the left ventricle. I will add an echocardiogram for better assessment of the dynamic of the heart. Also an ekg. Hypertension is a common secondary cause of hypertrophy of the left ventricle. It is associated with arrhythmias and sudden death. Go and see a cardiologist for better risk assessment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pick up serious conditions that might cause fatal arrhythmia (Long QT etc) in a routine ECG/holter even if an episode is not caught?

Is it possible to pick up serious conditions that might cause fatal arrhythmia (Long QT etc) in a routine ECG/holter even if an episode is not caught?

It's possible: It is possible to pick up a long QT syndrome, without any episodes of passing out or rhythm problems. Generally, you'd expect a QTc over 500 ms, before changes in treatment; however, you should see a heart rhythm specialist, or cardiologist, if QTc is unexpectedly prolonged. Medications, gender, and heart rate can also affect your QT interval. Holter measurements may be less reliable than ECG. ...Read more

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I have mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the left ventricular. Can this cause fatal arrhythmia? I have had an echo which showed my heart is strong.

I have mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the left ventricular. Can this cause fatal arrhythmia? I have had an echo which showed my heart is strong.

Yes: Unfortunately hcm can lead to sudden death. The heart usually beats well. Most patients should be on some medication, most frequently a beta-blocker, with this diagnosis. You should be followed bya cardiologist familiar with this disease. ...Read more

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Pharmacist said I cannot take Azithromycin with Diltiazem because of fatal heart arrhythmia risk. Is this correct?

Pharmacist said I cannot take Azithromycin with Diltiazem because of fatal heart arrhythmia risk. Is this correct?

Technically Yes!: Theoretically yes..such cases have been reported but your Physician is a better source for such info where it concerns you and his/her knowledge of YOUR situation! Discuss what the Pharmacist has told you with you prescribing M.D or D.O!!! ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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


Dr. Warren Foster
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Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Arrhythmia, also known as abnormal heart rhythm, is any type of irregular heart beat. It might be a simple skip of the heart beat, or a transient pause, both of which are typically benign. However, there are also more serious types of arrhythmias when the heart races ...Read more