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Does anyone know a person who had a cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?

Does anyone know a person who had a cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?

I do: We perform cardioversions as an absolutely routine part of our practice in cardiac electrophysiology. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure which can restore normal rhythm for many patients. ...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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Do you know anyone who has had a septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Do you know anyone who has had a septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Myectomy: Surgical myectomy may be done to treat certain patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and it would be prudent to discuss the risk/benefits with your physician (s). In certain complex cases, getting more than one medical opinion may be beneficial before embarking upon surgery. ...Read more

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What benefit does the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator give to patients who have had a cardiac arrest or heart attack?

What benefit does the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator give to patients who have had a cardiac arrest or heart attack?

It may prevent death: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (icds) are used to treat ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, which if untreated, may cause a fatal cardiac arrest. Icds can often quickly treat these conditions before permanent brain or heart damage can be done. Icds are not used to treat or prevent heart attacks, which are a "plumbing" issue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has here experienced a truamatic event like a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has here experienced a truamatic event like a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Traumatic event: I can't tell if you are wondering about physical symptoms or psychological and emotional symptoms. Certainly it is common to experience fear and depression or anxiety after a heart attack. That can affect the risk for another heart attack. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Sure: While the immediate consequences of the knowledge may not be substantial (both can result in increased stroke risk and generally speaking patients with one heart risk for the other), isolated atrial flutter is often readily amenable to cure by catheter ablation procedures (85-98%). Atrial fibrillation is also amenable to such a procedure, though the success rates can be much lower (perhaps 70%). ...Read more

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Can a person continue to work a warehouse job if he has atrial fibrillation?

Can a person continue to work a warehouse job if he has atrial fibrillation?

Absolutely: The keys in managing atrial fibrillation are assessing stroke risk (& treating appropriately) & controlling heart rates in order to minimize impact on physical activity. Please follow regularly with your physician to achieve these goals. ...Read more

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How serious is SVT if someone had chemical cardioversion?

How serious is SVT if someone had chemical cardioversion?

Not usually serious: That type of rhythm problem is usually more of a nusance than serious. It can at times be hard to treat as far as preventing recurrences but except for the nusance aspect is usually pretty benign. It would be helpful to know the exact mechaism of the rhythm problem and the heart rate in answering your question. ...Read more

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Has anyone experience a patient having SVT during a csection? I'm afraid this will happen to me since I have svt?

Has anyone experience a patient having SVT during a csection? I'm afraid this will happen to me since I have svt?

Rarely: SVT can occur anytime during the pregnancy but especially in the last trimester. Fortunately, even for those with prior history of SVT, the incidence is low and the treatment is safe and effective. Sometimes episodes terminate on their own. SVT may happen during C-section but again this is uncommon and usually managed easily with no harm to mother or child. ...Read more

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How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

Vfib: Patients with ventricular fibrillation usually become unconscious or dead very quickly. A heart attack patient could have Vfib but more often has pain and other symptoms and is not unconscious if perfusion is adequate. Vfib implies very poor to no perfusion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had a family member die of brain death/cardiac arrest?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had a family member die of brain death/cardiac arrest?

Grieving: The death of a loved one usually triggers grieving. The person may feel disbelief. Try to barter with god. Be angry. Be sad. At some point acceptance will come. This is a time to provide support. ...Read more

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Can a person work in a costco warehouse if he has atrial fibrillation?

Usually: With a good medical management strategy, atrial fibrillation is generally not a condition producing long-term disability. If long-term disability is a concern, their procedures available which can substantially reduce the symptoms of fibrillation or improve the amount of time spent in the normal (sinus) rhythm. ...Read more

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What would a person see on an EKG of someone who is having a heart attack?

What would a person see on an EKG of someone who is having a heart attack?

Impossible: There are numerous diagnosable problems seen on ekg during and after a myocardial infarction. The question here on this simple app, however, is way too broad and too ambiguous to answer with any confidence. ...Read more

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Can someone fly who has a defibrillator?

Can someone fly who has a defibrillator?

Yes.: Yes. If the patient is stable cardiac-wise and has no decompensated CHF or fast arrythmia. ...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


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Cardioversion (Definition)

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