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Doctor insights on: Cardiac Arrhythmias During Anesthesia

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Is there the same risk of post-operative death (e.G., cardiac arrhythmia) from conscious sedation as there is with general anesthesia?

Is there the same risk of post-operative death (e.G., cardiac arrhythmia) from conscious sedation as there is with general anesthesia?

No.: No. Conscious sedation has far lower risk than general anesthesia. That is why we try to go with conscious sedation instead of general anesthesia if we can. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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During a carotid artery scan (handheld like an ultrasound) an intermittent cardiac arrhythmia was detected. What kind of arrhythmia would it be?

Arrhythmia : You need to get an ekg first to see if you really have arrhythmia . Based on that you may need more studies including echo, holter , etc. Please go and see your doctor ... ...Read more

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What is a cardiac arrhythmia?

What is a cardiac arrhythmia?

Abnormal heartbeat: A problem when the heartbeat is either too fast, too slow, or irregular. ...Read more

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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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Describe the features of a cardiac arrhythmia.?

Describe the features of a cardiac arrhythmia.?

Irregular rhythm: The heart usually pumps at a regular pace. An arrhythmia is when the heart pumps at an irregular rhythm. This can be benign or very serious depending on the type of arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What's a cardiac arrhythmia and how serious is it?

What's a cardiac arrhythmia and how serious is it?

Depends: There are many different types of arrhythmia. So.Me are more serious than others. It really depends on the specific arrthymia, symptoms and overall heart function. See your doctor or a cardiologist. ...Read more

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The symptoms of a cardiac arrhythmia that I might feel are what?

The symptoms of a cardiac arrhythmia that I might feel are what?

Several: If the way your heart is beating is not regular enough to to pump an adequate amount of blood to your brain and body you might feel light headed, dizzy, you might faint, feel chest pressure or you might simply become aware that there is something unusual about your heart rate. These are just some of the symptoms you might experience but you should check with your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How come I have cardiac arrhythmia, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have cardiac arrhythmia, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not inherited: While there are some conditions that cause arrhythmia and run in families, most are not inherited. Underlying heart disease (eg hardening of the arteries, rheumatic fever), electrolyte imbalance, drugs, stress, alcohol, smoking and many other factors are involved. Rare entities: brugada syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, prolonged qt syndrome may run in families. ...Read more

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Can cardiac ischemia cause arrhythmias? If so, how?

Can cardiac ischemia cause arrhythmias? If so, how?

Yes: Cardiac ischemia causes lack of blood flow to the heart muscle and can trigger ventricular arrhythmia. Premature ventricular contraction is common. In severe cases, it can also lead to ventricular tachycardia ( consecutive fast heart beat from the ventricle of the heart). Sometimes with heart attack, fatal ventricular fibrillation (very fast irregular abnormal beats from ventricle) can occur. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more