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Can cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Can cardiac arrhythmia be cured?

Which kind?: Some arrhythmias have definitive treatments (atrial flutter, re-entry tachycardias), others have helpful treatments (atrial fibrillation and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia), and others you can reduce the risk of side effects and risk of death. See your electophysiologist (cardiologist with special training in arrhythmias) about yours. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A heart condition, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


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How can atrial fibrillation and flutter be treated?

How can atrial fibrillation and flutter be treated?

Three options: Generally speaking, we can attempt to control the rate, we can attempt to keep you in a normal rhythm with medications, or we can attempt a long-term tour of the rhythm using a catheter ablation. There are also surgical treatment for the arrhythmias, but these are generally not first-line treatments unless you have another reason to have heart surgery. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation be psychosomatic?

Can atrial fibrillation be psychosomatic?

No: Atrial fibrillation is a specific rhythm abnormality caused by certain specific electrical changes in the upper chamber of the heart. This cannot be faked. However, the stress from certain psychological conditions can increase the likelihood that a patient goes into or experiences the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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Can supraventricular tachycardia be cured without surgery?

Can supraventricular tachycardia be cured without surgery?

Yes...: Svt can be taken care of, or cured without surgery. It is a relatively simple treatment that does require a catheterization. A relatively large IV will be placed in the top of you leg and an electrical catheter will be advanced up into the heart. The abnormal electrical area will be identified or "mapped" then the abnormal area can be zapped or frozen. You should go home the same day. ...Read more

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Can an atrial fibrillation be lethal?

Only if…: Only if the atrial rate is conducted in a very rapid fashion to the lower chamber. Your heart has built-in protection to keep this from happening. However, patients with a condition known as wolff parkinson white sometimes lack this protection and under the right circumstances can die as a result of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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Can arrhythmias be completely cured?

Can arrhythmias be completely cured?

Arrhythmia: While we don't cure a lot of things, some arrhythmias are actually able to be cured. When abnormal tissue is causing the arrhythmia, by ablation(destruction)of the abnormal tissue we may be able to cure that specific arrhythmia. This isn't all arrhythmias by any means, but at least its some. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation be triggered by flying?

Can atrial fibrillation be triggered by flying?

Atrial fibrillation: Flying in a commercial aircraft pressurizes to about 8000ft, this level doesn't cause hypoxia so unlikely to be a trigger unless something else like anxiety or other stress supervenes. If something goes on stressful in the aircraft, one could imagine a trigger possibility. I have seen patients get a gas bubble in their GI tract at altitude and be anxious for instance. ...Read more

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I have paramoxal atrial fibrillation & flutter can it be successfully ablated ?

I have paramoxal atrial fibrillation & flutter can it be successfully ablated ?

AF ablation: Atrial flutter is a simple electrical short circuit in the right atrium and a catheter ablation procedure is very safe and effective (95% permanent cure with one procedure). Atrial fibrillation is a much more complex rhythm pattern and catheter ablation has an average success rate of 70% with a first procedure, with some additional small risks, mostly due to the work being done in the left atrium. ...Read more

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Is Atrial Flutter serious and can it be induced by Flecainide?

Atrial flutter: Atrial flutter is similar to atrial fibrillation. Both are significant arrhythmias. When atrial fibrillation is treated with flecainide, sometimes the rhythm is converted to atrial flutter instead of to sinus rhythm. Sometimes after the atrial flutter appears, and flecainide is continued sinus rhythm eventuates. Both afib and aflutter are appropriately anticoagulated. Discuss with your Doctor. ...Read more

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How can supraventricular tachycardia be treaated with medication?

How can supraventricular tachycardia be treaated with medication?

Electrical behavior: Depending on what type of supraventricular tachycardia (svt) you have and whether treatment is chronic (every day prevention) or on an emergency basis, medication is available that either works by slowing down you heart rate overall or interferes with the transmission of electricity between your heart's upper and lower chambers thereby braking the cycle that allows svt. ...Read more

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What irregular heart rhythms can be treated with an external defibrillation?

What irregular heart rhythms can be treated with an external defibrillation?

Any: Any rapid abnormal heart rhythm can be treated with external defibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, svt, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation can all be treated this way but some are emergent and some are elective. ...Read more

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Can atrial dilatation be reversed?

Can atrial dilatation be reversed?

Sometime: Sometimes. Depends on cause. Unfortunately long standing atrial dilatation results in fibrosis and may not be reversible. This is one of the causes of associated arrhythmias. ...Read more

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How could heart flutter be treated without surgery?

How could heart flutter be treated without surgery?

Medicines: With medicines to control the heart rate, to prevent clots in the heart, and to convert the flutter back to a regular rhythm and keep it there. Also at times the heart is given a shock to convert the rhythm back to normal. ...Read more

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Can cardiomyopathy be cured?

Can cardiomyopathy be cured?

Depends: It depends on the cause. If due to alcohol, abstention often cures it. If due to pregnancy, about 50% return to normal. Due to chemotherapy, it rarely improves. Due to viral illness, many get better. If inherited, it won't get better. All of the above aside, there are medications and sometimes devices that can be very helpful for everyone. ...Read more

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Can you describe non-valvular atrial fibrillation?

Can you describe non-valvular atrial fibrillation?

Afib and no valve dx: It is atrial fibrillation and no significant valvular heart disease . It is also called " lone " atrial fibrillation. When talking about Pradaxa it means no artificial heart valves, because it does not yet have approval for that condition. ...Read more

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Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more