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Can bundle branch block be fatal?

Can bundle branch block be fatal?

Not usually: Right bundle branch block is pretty benign. Most cases of left bundle branch block are associated with significant heart disease. It is the severity of that heart disease and the type of disease which could lead to a fatal outcome. The bundle branch block itself is not likely to be fatal. If it progressed to complete heart block, then a pacemaker would be needed and conceivably it could be fatal. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Bundle Branch Block (Definition)

There are 2 main branches of the heart's electrical system within the ventricles, the right bundle branch and the left bundle branch. Additionally, the left bundle branch has two sub-branches, the antero-superior fascicle and the posteroinferior fascicle. When one or more branches are disrupted, the resultant electrical abnormalities can be ...Read more


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Help please! Could bundle branch block be fatal in women?

Help please! Could bundle branch block be fatal in women?

Bundle branch block: Bundle branch block is an anatomic or physiologic problem in conducting electrical impulses in part of the hearts conduction system. If the impulse is blocked in the left bundle one ECG appearance is present, a different one for right bundle branch block. These can be of minor or major significance depending on the patient's own situation. In and of themselves bundle branch blocks are not fatal. ...Read more

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What is a bundle branch block?

What is a bundle branch block?

Wiring: The heart is a muscle but how fast it beats is controlled by special cells, sort of like electric wiring. The main wire divides into two, one to the right and one to the left. If part of that wiring becomes abnormal you get a right or left bundle branch block. It results in a typical pattern on the ekg. ...Read more

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Is rt. Bundle branch block reversible?

RBBB: Rbbb is generally benign. Some of its causes are reversible and some are not. ...Read more

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What is incomplete bundle branch block?

What is incomplete bundle branch block?

Mild conduction prob: The righty and left ventricles are induced to beat through electrochemical currents transmitted through the right and left bundle branches, respectively. Irbbb means part of the right bundle is not transmitting fully. It is a benign condition of no significant clinical consequence. ...Read more

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What is an incomplete bundle branch block?

What is an incomplete bundle branch block?

Not true "block": Two bundles of electrical tissue carry each heartbeat from the top part of the heart to the bottom--the "right" and "left" bundle branches. When one of these doesn't conduct at all, or does so much more slowly than the other, it is a complete bundle branch block. When one conducts slightly slower than the other, it is called "incomplete" bundle block. This often is of no clinical consequence. ...Read more

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What is a right bundle branch block?

What is a right bundle branch block?

Abnormal conduction: The signal to beat is distributed to through the heart by a specialized electrical system. The right bundle is one of the branches of this system. If conduction through the right bundle is slowed or blocked the parts of the heart it serves will contract late, seen as widening of the electrocardiographic qrs-wave. Unless the remainder of the conduction system fails, it usually isn't a problem. ...Read more

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Is right bundle branch block serious?

Is right bundle branch block serious?

Depends: Right bundle branch block (rbbb) in and of itself is likely not a detrimental issue, however if it happens in the setting of a heart attack, it portends a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Is left bundle branch block reversible?

Is left bundle branch block reversible?

Yes: It is sometimes seen intermittently. It can be present on an EKG and not on one done at a later date. At times it occurs when the heart is beating fast but not with slower heart rates. ...Read more

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Can you treat right bundle branch block?

Can you treat right bundle branch block?

Not necessary: Isolated rbbb does not require treatment. Sometimes, bbbs are a market for other problems: cardiomyopathy, endocarditis, lyme disease. In that case the underlying cause should be treated. ...Read more

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How do you treat left bundle branch block?

Treatment of LBBB: There is no specific treatment for left bundle branch block. However, treatment is directed at the underlying cause of this conduction disturbance. ...Read more

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How can left bundle branch block be treated?

It isn't: Treated but factors contributing or causing may need to be...Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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What are causes of left bundle branch block?

What are causes of left bundle branch block?

Various causes: Left bundle branch block is a pattern seen on an EKG indicating an abnormal or different pathway of the electrical signal that causes the heart muscle to contract. It is most often due to an underlying medical condition such as hypertension, a heart attack, an enlarged heart from any cause and only when serious conditions are excluded is it felt due to the benign aging of the conduction pathway. ...Read more

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Is left bundle branch block life shortening?

Is left bundle branch block life shortening?

Possibly: As most people with LBBB have heart muscle abnormalities, yes. But about 15% of people with left bundle branch block have structurally normal hearts, so the answer is maybe or sometimes. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose bundle branch block?

EKG: An EKG shows a wide qrs in a certain pattern. ...Read more

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What are causes of right bundle branch block?

Many: It can be congenital. It is often present with right ventricular or right atrial pressure or volume overload such as occurs with atrial or ventricular septal defect. Hypertension causes many cases. Pulmonary artery hypertension, as occurs in advanced lung disease or pulmonary embolism, can cause it. Finally, it's present in many healthy people for no reason at all. ...Read more

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How does someone prevent bundle branch block?

Difficult: Most bundle branch is a result of the aging process and aging in the conducation system. This not preventable. However, some bbb is result of aquired disease states including coronary disease. So a healthy life-style, blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar control, diet and excercise are good ways to start. ...Read more

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Will left bundle branch block cells regenerate?

Usually not: Left bundle branch block (lbbb) develops when 2/3 electrical "wires" in the heart stop working. Many patients can have LBBB and no sx. Lbbb usually reflects aging of the heart but can be seen in a variety of pathological heart conditions. Rarely, medicines which affect the speed of electrical conduction in the heart can cause LBBB which reverses. This technically not cellular regeneration. ...Read more

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What is an incomplete right bundle branch block?

What is an incomplete right bundle branch block?

Slowing: It means there is a mild slowing of the electrical conduction in a certain part of your heart. In most cases it is an incidental finding and not worrisome. ...Read more

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Can you explain incomplete right bundle branch block?

Can you explain incomplete right bundle branch block?

Mild condabrupt prob: The righty and left ventricles are induced to beat through electrochemical currents transmitted through the right and left bundle branches, respectively. Irbbb means part of the right bundle is not transmitting fully. It is a benign condition of no significant clinical consequence. ...Read more

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What is left bundle branch block is characterized by?

What is left bundle branch block is characterized by?

Found on EKG: It is caused by a block in the "electrical wiring" of the heart which affects the appearance of the ekg. It most of the time indicates a significant problem with the heart but can at times be benign. ...Read more

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Is partial right bundle branch block affected by food?

Is partial right bundle branch block affected by food?

No Effect: Incomplete right bundle branch block is a benign variant of the electrical conduction through the heart. It is not effected by food in any way. ...Read more

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What occurs when someone has right bundle branch block?

Not much: Bundle branch block happens when there is a delay in conduction across a bundle. The his purkinjie fibers break into lb and rb. When there is a block in the rb, it is called rbbb. In most cases rbbb is of minimal consequence. ...Read more

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What occurs when someone has a left bundle branch block?

What occurs when someone has a left bundle branch block?

Nothing to severe: Left bundle branch block (lbbb) is a pattern on the ECG that indicates that the heart's electrical waves are following an unusual path. It is common in older age, and usually due to scarring of the pathway. It may cause no symptoms and need no therapy. It can lead to marked slowing that needs a pacemaker. A new LBBB can also be a sign of a heart attack. ...Read more

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What does incomplete right bundle branch block indicate?

May be nothing: Incomplete right bundle branch block indicates a slight delay in the electrical conduction in the right bundle. It is often found on a routine ECG and almost always has no clinical consequences. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic indication of bundle branch block?

BBB: Depends upon the type :-)
a left bundle branch block (lbbb) is possibly associated with heart disease. A right bundle branch block (rbbb) can be benign and is not necessarily associated with underlying heart disease. ...Read more

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Which complications are common of a right bundle branch block?

Usually none: In general, right bundle branch block as opposed to left bundle branch block is benign. If blockage occurs in other parts of the heart conducting system, a pacemaker may be needed, but this rarely occurs with isolated right bundle branch block. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate with left complete bundle branch block?

What is the survival rate with left complete bundle branch block?

Depends: On the underling cause. Those with coronary artery diease or myocardial infarction have a much worse prognosis than an incidental lbbb. (left bundle branch block). ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an incomplete right bundle branch block?

Not much: It is a benign EKG finding related to a slight delay in the conduction system (like electrical wiring) of the heart. It is more common in those with an atrial septal defect (hole between left and right heart) but in general is benign, nothing to worry about. ...Read more