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Can I Die From Atrial Flutter If I Ignore It
No doubt: You can die from drinking too much water but it's unlikely. Untreated atrial flutter usually causes a heart rate of 150 which is annoying for most people and, over several months, will weaken the heart muscle leading to heart failure. Blood clots can form inside the atria increasing the risk of stroke. Don't mess with atrial flutter - it needs attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything is possible: But it's not likely. Bradycardia is defined as a heart rate <60. Heart rates of >50 are well tolerated by everyone. Heart rates of 40-50 during wakefulness sometimes cause fatigue. Sustained heart rates of <40 usually cause unacceptable fatigue and breathlessness. Pauses of > 3-5 seconds may cause dizziness. Pauses of > 5 seconds often cause blackouts. Pauses of > 2 minutes may cause death. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Syncope can be due to a simple faint (like having blood drawn) or it can be due to serious heart disease with dangerous arrhythmias. The causes are legion. Some don't involve the heart at all like low blood sugar or epilepsy. You should discuss your syncope with someone who knows your full medical history to see if additional testing is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily...: ...But you should have your palpitations evaluated by a cardiologist, as it may be some form of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) which can cause other problems, such as intracardiac blood clots embolizing to other parts of your body or else lower your blood pressure, both of which can cause life-threatening or debilitating problems to other parts of your body ... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends....: If the heart attack is small, you may survive it relatively intact. But, if the heart attack involved a large portion of your heart, you may be left with significant impairment, if you survive at all. You need to decide if you would want resuscitation in the event your heart stops. It is possible to have a sudden cardiac arrest meaning your heart stops. See your doctor for options. God bless you! ...Read more
I know someone that has a pacemaker / defibrillator, and i was wondering if they got shocked would it stop it from working? What will happen if they do get shocked?
The : The device will continue to work unless there have been so many shocks which may drain the battery. The battery level can be detected by a simple noninvasive test. ...Read more
A fib heart failure: Rate controlled atrial fibrillation will not worsen your heart failure. There is an entity "tachycardia induced heart failure". This can happen if the rate of a fibrillation is uncontrolled for a period of time. Every patient should get an attempt at cardioversion however the success arte depends on cardiac chamber sizes, duration of a.Fib. ...Read more
Rarely: Severe prolapse can cause partial urinary retention, or inability to completely empty the bladder. This can silently damage the kidneys, causing renal failure and even death of a kidney. This happens only with neglected severe prolapse, usually in an elderly woman. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: This is one thing you definitely should not ignore. If you ignored it and you don't die, then you didn't have panhypopituitarism. Among other things, the pituitary control your adrenal and thyroid glands. Without adrenal and thyroid hormones, one will be severely sick and will most likely not live...Don't ignore this. It is a difficult diagnosis to make. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I stop ectopic heart beats? Sometimes I get 4 or more a minute. Ecgs have always been normal. I take bisoprolol 1.25 but does nothing really.
May need nothing: Frequency of these premature beats vary widely from person to person, and may be affected by other factors like caffeine intake or stress. Some people report feeling these extra beats, but most don't feel them if they are isolated and infrequent, and if they are isolated and the heart appears healthy, they generally don't need any treatment. ...Read more
Let me clarify for U: When the heart "skips", it's called arrhythmia. When a person feels their heart "skip", it's called palpitations. Sometimes there is arrhythmia with no palpitation (ie, it's not felt). Sometimes there is palpitation with no arrhythmia (ie, a false alarm). Both situations are very common. ...Read more
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