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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

I have  congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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How can left bundle branch block be treated?

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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I am 21, what can left bundle branch block mean on my EKG? It shows up whether my HR is normal or fast

I am 21, what can left bundle branch block mean on my EKG? It shows up whether my HR is normal or fast

Rate related delay: You have a "rate related LBBB" meaning that as your heart speeds up, the conduction through the His-Purkinje network of fibers (conducting tissue in the heart muscle) take a longer time than normal to repolarize (prepare electrically for the next impulse). As I said in my previous post to you, trust your EP doctor. ...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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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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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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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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Will left bundle branch block cells regenerate?

Usually not: Left bundle branch block (lbbb) develops when 2/3 electrical "wires" in the heart stop working. Many patients can have lbbb and no sx. Lbbb usually reflects aging of the heart but can be seen in a variety of pathological heart conditions. Rarely, medicines which affect the speed of electrical conduction in the heart can cause lbbb which reverses. This technically not cellular regeneration. ...Read more

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What is left bundle branch block is characterized by?

What is left bundle branch block is characterized by?

Found on EKG: It is caused by a block in the "electrical wiring" of the heart which affects the appearance of the ekg. It most of the time indicates a significant problem with the heart but can at times be benign. ...Read more

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What occurs when someone has a left bundle branch block?

What occurs when someone has a left bundle branch block?

Nothing to severe: Left bundle branch block (lbbb) is a pattern on the ECG that indicates that the heart's electrical waves are following an unusual path. It is common in older age, and usually due to scarring of the pathway. It may cause no symptoms and need no therapy. It can lead to marked slowing that needs a pacemaker. A new lbbb can also be a sign of a heart attack. ...Read more

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If diagnosed with left bundle branch block & doing ok, will my insurance premiums be higher?

If diagnosed with left bundle branch block & doing ok, will my insurance premiums be higher?

Can't answer...: No expert on insurance premiums (thank goodness ) but lbbb is not a benign diagnosis or "normal" variant so despite your well compensated or normal feeling state of health the insurers may see it differently...Sorry. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a small left bundle branch block, will I be able to join the army as a 31b?

LBBB: LBBB is like pregnancy - You have it or you don't. You can't have a "small LBBB". (you could have an incomplete LBBB). Whether or not it disqualifies you would depend on the reason it's there, so you need a cardiac evaluation - usually consisting of, at least, an echocardiogram and stress test. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a left bundle branch block?

Cure?: "cure" suggests that lbbb is a disease but it is not. It is associated with underlying structural heart disease and that is what should be addressed. Lbbb causes no symptoms and it requires no treatment. ...Read more

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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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What are differences between left bundle branch block and right bundle branch block?

The location: Obviously the location of the electrical block in the conduction of electric impulses from the atrium to the ventricles is different. The electrical signals travel to the two ventricles through the left and the right bundle, the left then bifurcates to two fascicles itself. In my experience, the non-pathologic presence of right bundle branch block is more common. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for 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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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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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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