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Can you drink alcohol with left bundle branch block?

Can you drink alcohol with left bundle branch block?

Depends: Depends on what caused the LBBB (congenital or after a heart attack), and how much you are drinking. Alcohol in low doses (1-2 drinks/day in men, 1 drink/day in women and older men) is often considered a tonic for the heart and raises "good cholesterol." in higher doses, it can damage the heart, raise blood pressure and cause heart rhythm problems. Talk to your internist or cardiologist about it. ...Read more

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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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Can certain medications cause bundle branch block?

Can certain medications cause bundle branch block?

BBB: Certaiin common blood pressure medications and/or antiarrhythmics in very high (not therapeutic) doses can cause bundle branch blocks. Digoxin is very well known to cause conduction abnormalities when in toxic levels. ...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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What are causes of right bundle branch block?

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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Is repetitive drug use the cause of a bundle branch block?

Is repetitive drug use the cause of a bundle branch block?

Depends, of course: Most cases of bundle branch block are due to a focal injury to a key part of the heart's electrical conduction system. Coronary disease, scarring from trauma, infection, or natural processes can cause it. Some illicit drugs, especially those creating coronary spasm (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines) may create those conditions, and frequent exposure (repetitive) only exacerbates the risk. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause left bundle branch block?

Can chemotherapy cause left bundle branch block?

Sometimes: A left bundle branch block is a finding on an EKG ( the electrical tracing of your heart.) it shows that something has altered the way your heart conducts electrical impulses. Chemotherapy can do it, but so can heart disease. Your doctor should rule out other causes for a left bundle branch block before assuming chemotherapy is the cause. ...Read more

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Can JRA cause right bundle branch block às an adult?

Can JRA cause right bundle branch block às an adult?

Heart disease & RA: Perhaps. There are many heart disease manifestations seen in rheumatoid diseases. Best to have a conversation and evaluation with your primary provider. A Cardiology consultation would also be a good idea. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) cause a right bundle branch block? If so, will it return to normal after stopping the medication?

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) cause a right bundle branch block? If so, will it return to normal after stopping the medication?

Not likely : Escitalopram does not cause rbbb, but it can cause irregularities of rhythm in rare individuals. If you're having side effects using lexapro, (escitalopram) see your doctor for alternatives or dosage adjustments. ...Read more

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Is left bundle branch block caused by rheumatic fever as a child?

Perhaps: Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease refers to what we call a pancarditis. That means that the entire heart is playing in this condition. That's why we take strep infection so seriously. And yes i left bundle branch block can occur but is not the most common occurrence when someone has rheumatic heart disease or rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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What can cause a new left bundle branch block in a teen athlete? And can stress and anxiety maybe cause it?

What can cause a new left bundle branch block in a teen athlete? And can stress and anxiety maybe cause it?

There are a number: of possibilities including EKG read incorrectly, newly recognized rather than new, Lyme disease, Viral cardiomyopathy. Stress and anxiety will not cause it. It would be appropriate to see a pediatric cardiologist for more evaluation. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a rbbb (right bundle branch block) cause a heart murmur?

Would it be possible that a rbbb (right bundle branch block) cause a heart murmur?

No: A rbbb is a pattern seen in the ECG where the electrical impulse is delay or interrupted as it spread along the heart. Prevalence increase with age. At 80 y/o close to 10% people can have it. Somewhat benign but an evaluation need to be done to r/o heart and lung conditions. Conditions like copd, cad, myocarditis, valvular heart disease, and other structural heart conditions. ...Read more

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I have an incomplete right bundle branch block is it dangerous nd can cause a cardiac arrest?

I have an incomplete right bundle branch block is it dangerous nd can cause a cardiac arrest?

Irbbb usually safe: Irbbb is usually an ECG anomaly that may speak of some right sided enlargement or strain (can occur in atrial septal defect or in pulmonary processes with right heart strain ). It can also occur innocuously and unrelated to cardiac structural changes. It does not typically imply impending conduction system collapse and is not a predictor for cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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I had ekg, nuc stress test, and angiogram. Was told I have left bundle branch block could this be cause of arrythmia and cause no other problems?

Possibly: You did not say if you were having symptoms (dizziness, palpitations, fainting, chest discomfort). Left bundle branch block is not an arrhythmia, but an abnormality in the heart's "wiring." it needs to be observed, but with normal tests as you described, and at your age, absent a family history of heart disease or sudden death it's unlikely to be dangerous at this time. ...Read more

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Is bundle branch block a serious condition?

Bundle branch block: There are two types right bundle and left bundle branch block. Right bundle is most often benign or due to right ventricular hypertrophy. Left bundle is often caused by hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy. Acute left bundle branch block can be very serious. Generally your physician can determine whether the bundle branch block has pathophysiologic significance. ...Read more

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What is the medical prognosis for a bundle branch block?

Right or left: If it is right bundle branch block then 98% is benign. If it is left bundle branch block 95% are abnormal leading to further work up to rule out cardiomyopathy, conduction problems or coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for an incomplete bundle branch block?

What is the prognosis for an incomplete bundle branch block?

BBB: There are two types: right and left (irbbb and ilbbb). The right sided variety is usually benign and has no negative prognosis. The left variety may or may not indicate underlying heart problems. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bundle branch block?

Electrical blocks: 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 detected on an electrocardiogram. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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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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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