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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, ...Read more


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Is a stroke like a heart attack?So strokes have fast heart beats or does your heart rate stay the same?

Is a stroke like a heart attack?So strokes have fast heart beats or does your heart rate stay the same?

Similar yet differen: Both result in injury due to decreased oxygen &/or blood supply to tissues. Stroke can b due 2 blood clot or bleeding; mi from blood clot or spasm of arteries to heart. Area of brain or heart affected will determine if heart increases or decreases. ...Read more

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Is a heart murmur the same as a heart click?

Is a heart murmur the same as a heart click?

No, but: They are both potentially abnormal heart sounds. Both would prompt further investigation to detect any possible problems. ...Read more

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Could an episode of a fib have a strong heart beat.?

Could an episode of a fib have a strong heart beat.?

Subjective: It commonly feels that way even though the actual amount of blood pumped is a little less than normal. ...Read more

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Can a car accident cause atrial fibrillation in your heart?

Can a car accident cause atrial fibrillation in your heart?

No: Our best understandings of afib require that the heart muscle have undergone changes over a prolonged period of time to enable afib. While it's possible the stress of an accident could have "set off" an afib attack, if it sticks around, you were likely at risk in the first place. A truly severe wreck can bruise the heart, but the fib would pass as the bruise heals. ...Read more

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Would blockage in arteries of the heart cause an irregular heart beat?

Would blockage in arteries of the heart cause an irregular heart beat?

Yea: It is possible especially if there is some heart damage caused by the blockage. ...Read more

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Is a heart block a chronic disorder in the heart?

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 pain in the carotid artery a sign of heart failure with frequent PVC's, faintness, fast heart rate and bloating?

Is pain in the carotid artery a sign of heart failure with frequent PVC's, faintness,  fast heart rate and bloating?

Carotid artery: disease in itself has no symptoms; it causes symptoms when blood flow to the brain is decreased because of it. Perhaps you are having neck pain, near the location of the carotid artery, but I would not interpret that as a sign of heart failure or cause of PVC's. Certainly frequent PVC's might be a sign of more serious dysrhythmia causing faintness/fast heart rate. You need to continue cardiac care ...Read more

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Multifocal pvcs in a normal heart..What is the risk of developing a ventricular arrythmia?

Multifocal pvcs in a normal heart..What is the risk of developing a ventricular arrythmia?

May be a risk: As in earlier answer, multifocal pvcs may not need treatment. But you should have someone explore for possible causes of pvcs that are reversible. These can be from such things as caffeine, alcohol, other drugs, medications, thyroid disease, and some other illnesses.Some people have many pvcs.We learned that sometimes treatment can be worse than the funny rhythm. But there can be a risk so see doc. ...Read more

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Is a "heart failure" the same as a "heart attack"?

Is a "heart failure" the same as a "heart attack"?

No: Heart attack is an injury to the heart muscle from compromised blood flow due to blockage in a coronary artery. This may or may not lead to heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is not able to squeeze or contract normally or is stiff and not able to relax normally and its overall pumping function is impaired. Heart attack, high blood pressure and valve problems can cause it. ...Read more

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Can cholesterol in the heart give a heart attack?

Can cholesterol in the heart give a heart attack?

It's a risk: If the arteries in the heart are injured and the protective lining is breached, then cholesterol can enter into the artery and cause a plaque build up . The plaque can rupture under the right conditions and this will cause a heart attack. High blood pressure , high cholesterol levels, smoking , diabetes etcetera ate done of the things that can cause a breakdown of the arteries endothelium. ...Read more

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Is supraventricular tachycardia hereditry? Had a heart ablation a while back for a rapid heartbeat.

Is supraventricular tachycardia hereditry? Had a heart ablation a while back for a rapid heartbeat.

Generally not: But some arrhythmias run in families....Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Could one get a new artery transplanted in their heart after a heart attack?

Could one get a new artery transplanted in their heart after a heart attack?

Heart Attack: A Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) transplants a vein from your leg to carry blood to the underserved part of the heart. ...Read more

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Does a change in heart rate occur with pulmonary embolism?

Sometimes...: People with pe can be asymptomatic. If the heart rate is affected, it usually goes up causing s rapid heart rate. If a person thinks they have a pe, they need to be evaluated at an er as pe can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a person with congestive heart failure to have a heart rate of 122?

Is it normal for a person with congestive heart failure to have a heart rate of 122?

Incomplete therapy: In congestive heart failure, there is activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is a contributor to tachycardia. The reflexes that lead to this are complex. Simplistically, though, this is a sign that you need additional therapy. Outcomes are best in people who are on beta-blockers, typically Carvedilol or metoprolol, which have the additional affect of slowing heart rate. ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur be deadly? Also, could that person with a heart murmur have a heart attack?

Can a heart murmur be deadly? Also, could that person with a heart murmur have a heart attack?

Yes: Critical aortic valve stenosis. Severe mitral regurgitation and some others. Yes, sudden death and heart failure are causes. Embolism to coronary or poor flow in he presence , or rarely without, coronary disease.Complex situations need cardiology to help pick the significant murmurs and treat or refer to cardiovascular surgery. ...Read more

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