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Heart Block (Overview)

Blocked cardiac impulses from top of heart to bottom of heart there are physiologic as well as pathological blocks pathological block need pacemaker to correct it.


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How much time does heart block last?

How much time does heart block last?

Heart block: Heart block has various causes and can last from one beat to permanent so there is a wide range depending on cause. ...Read more

Heart Block (Overview)

Blocked cardiac impulses from top of heart to bottom of heart there are physiologic as well as pathological blocks pathological block need pacemaker to correct it.


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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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What are the symptoms of heart block?

What are the symptoms of heart block?

Heart Block: The term heart block does not relate to blockages in the arteries of the heart, but to block in the flow of electrical current in the electrical conducting system of the heart. Heart block results in slow heart beats, which may give rise to severe dizziness or syncope (passing out). But heart block is not the usual cause of dizziness, which has many other causes. ...Read more

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What is reccomended for heart block?

What is reccomended for heart block?

Complete heart block: If first degree heart block no treatment. Pacemaker for complete heart block. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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I have diagnosed wenckbach heart block. Is endurance exercise a problem? Can stress make it worse?

I have diagnosed wenckbach heart block. Is endurance exercise a problem? Can stress make it worse?

Wenkebach: Is generally a benign condition provided that is actually what u have. Stress should not make it worse nor cause exercise problems. ...Read more

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How come I have 1st degree av block, at 24? I have pots and gilberts syndrome as well. But why the heart block? I had a normal stress test tho

How come I have 1st degree av block, at 24? I have pots and gilberts syndrome as well. But why the heart block? I had a normal stress test tho

Atrioventricular: Pulse transmission it's delay between the sa node and the av node. Electrical current it's originated at the sa node. No symptoms associated. Seen in highly trained athletes, as a normal variant or drug induced. Later on life, may place you in a high risk for other arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation. Stay in contact with your cardiology. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Can taking Propranolol for long time really cause heart block?

Can taking Propranolol for long time really cause heart block?

Propranolol: There is some indication that using Propranolol in conjunction with other medications like digoxin, verapamil, antiarrythmics, or Diltiazem may cause heart block. However, the literature does not reveal regular reports of heart block from long term use of this medication. ...Read more

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Hi: if I have mobitz 1 av block and also SVT — does it mean my heart block can get worse because of the "underlying disease" it associated with?

Hi: if I have mobitz 1 av block and also SVT — does it mean my heart block can get worse because of the "underlying disease" it associated with?

Not necessarily: Both mobitz 1 second degree heart block and svt occur in structurally normal hearts. So, unless there's more to this story, you don't necessarily have "underlying disease." hence there may never be any progression. To the contrary, you might find it gets better with age. ...Read more

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How do you treat fetal heart block?

How do you treat fetal heart block?

Not well.: No good treatment for fetal heart block is known; Dexamethasone has been tried with poor results. Delivery at a tertiary care center with nicu and pediatric cardiology specialists is warranted and maternal-fetal medicine consultation is quintessential. The prognosis is much worse (almost lethal) if the complete fetal heart block occurs early and is associated with structural heart defect(s). ...Read more

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What type of symptoms would I feel if I had a third degree heart block? Is it painful? How is it treated?

What type of symptoms would I feel if I had a third degree heart block? Is it painful? How is it treated?

Need full evaluation: 3 ed degree heart block is not physiological. One may get symptoms of dizzy spells /syncope / it might be congenital heat block as well. This need a full evaluation by electrophysiologist and if confirmed as 3 ed degree block will need a pacemaker implantation.However, need further work see you physician and referral to an elactrophysiologist. ...Read more

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What medicine can be used to cure sinus arrhythmia with 2nd degree heart block.?

What medicine can be used to cure sinus arrhythmia with 2nd degree heart block.?

None really: Sinus arrhythmia is a benign condition seen in younger patients that causes variation in heart rate related to increased vagal tone. 2nd degree heart block can be of the benign variety (mobitz 1) or more serious (cant tell without seeing your ekg). Talk to your physician. Medicines do not cure these things. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is any way to prevent heart blocks?

I need to know if there is any way to prevent heart blocks?

No: The only thing you can do is to avoid medications known to cause them. Don't get lyme disease, myotonic dystrophy, or sarcoidosis. Fear not. If you have a bad case of heart blocks, a pacemaker will cure you! ...Read more

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What is complete heart block?

What is complete heart block?

Heart block: Third-degree atrioventricular block or complete heart block, is a disorder of the cardiac conduction system where there is no conduction through the atrioventricular node. Therefore, complete dissociation of the atrial and ventricular activity exists. It results from various pathologic states causing infiltration, fibrosis, or loss of connection in portions of the healthy conduction system. ...Read more

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I have heart block, what to do?

I have heart block, what to do?

Get checked out: First, there are different severities of heart block. First degree heart block, for example, refers to an abnormality that hardly ever causes symptoms, whereas complete heart block often leads to fatigue, dizziness, or even passing out and usually requires a pacemaker. Deciding on a course of action depends on first defining more precisely what kind of heart block, and taking into account symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a 3rd degree heart block?

What is a 3rd degree heart block?

Bad stuff: Your heart rhythm is normally a carefully coordinated event that has a natural progression electrically to create an effective forceful heart beat.

When you have 3rd degree block, it's completely discordant (ie nothing is working together). When the different parts of the heart are doing their own thing without communicating properly, it's life threatening and requires a pacemaker ...Read more

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What is reccomended for heart block?

Complete heart block: If first degree heart block no treatment. Pacemaker for complete heart block. ...Read more

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How much time does heart block last?

Heart block: Heart block has various causes and can last from one beat to permanent so there is a wide range depending on cause. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart block?

Heart Block: The term heart block does not relate to blockages in the arteries of the heart, but to block in the flow of electrical current in the electrical conducting system of the heart. Heart block results in slow heart beats, which may give rise to severe dizziness or syncope (passing out). But heart block is not the usual cause of dizziness, which has many other causes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a heart block?

What are the symptoms of a heart block?

Heart Block: The term heart block does not relate to blockages in the arteries of the heart, but to block in the flow of electrical current in the electrical conducting system of the heart. Heart block results in slow heart beats, which may give rise to severe dizziness or syncope (passing out). But heart block is not the usual cause of dizziness, which has many other causes. ...Read more

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What are the mian symptoms of heart block?

Electrical block?: This answer applies to electrical block which is different from an arterial block. There are many types of "heart block" with vast ranging significance. Because of that the symptoms are widely varied. While some result in no symptoms others may result in fainting, fatigue or difficulty breathing with exertion. An ECG should help to differentiate the specific type of heart block. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fly if I have heart block?

Is it possible to fly if I have heart block?

It depends: There are several degrees of heart block. Third degree heart block usually causes very slow heart rates and can cause fainting or lightheadedness and is usually treated with a pacemaker. Lesser degrees of heart block usually cause no symptoms. It is ok to fly with a pacemaker but bring your pacemaker card with you as you may set off a metal detector. The low dose x-ray will image the battery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fly far if I have heart block?

Depends on type: First degree av block-prolongation of the conduction time from atrium to ventricle. Mobitz I second degree block-progressive prolongation of the conduction time before a dropped beat. Mobitz ii second degree-sudden drop in conduction. Type 3 complete heart block (chb)-no communication between atrium and ventricle. Chb and mobitz ii requires immediate attention, others types stable and be follow. ...Read more

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Is a heart block a chronic disorder in the heart?

Arrhythmia: Heart block leading to a slowed heart rate can be acute, occurring secondary to external circumstances like increased vagal stimulation, low oxygen levels, or threatened coronary circulation. It can also be chronic occurring as a result of conduction system disease in patients with sleep apnea, myocardial scarring, aging, or infiltrative deposits. ...Read more

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Is heart block caused by medication reversible?

Is heart block caused by medication reversible?

Yes,most of the time: Heart block caused by antibiotics or beta blocker or calcium channel blockers should improve after removal of the offending agent. It is imperative during the waiting time to watch for symptoms of syncope, dizziness and weakness and seek medical attention if any develop. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is intermittent heart block?

Could you explain what is intermittent heart block?

Intermittent block: Means heart block is not persitent. It is coming and going off. Happening intermittently. ...Read more