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How can you explain bradycardia to a patient?

How can you explain bradycardia to a patient?

Varies: Heart rate less than 60 beats per minute is a simplified definition of bradycardia. For youngsters in good shape normal heart rate can be in the 40s and 50s (sometimes even in the 30s for highly competitive athletes such as boris becker). On the other hand heart rate in the 60 to 70 range may be slow in certain older, overweight or out-of-shape individuals. ...Read more

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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate, also called bradycardia, is defined as a resting heart rate (pulse) less than 60 beats per minute. Having a heart rate less than 60 is not necessarily abnormal. In fact, people in good cardiovascular shape have a low heart rate. People with certain heart conditions may take medications which lower the heart rate as one of ...Read more


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Can you explain how the cardiologist diagnoses a patient with wpw?

Can you explain how the cardiologist diagnoses a patient with wpw?

Yes, I can: Wpw is diagnosed mostly on the ekg. The major portion of the ventricular activation, the qrs, has a delta wave associated with it. Also the delay between atrial and ventricular activation is abbreviated so the time between atrial acitvation (p wave) and ventricular activation is reduced. At times in the er patients come in with tachycaria which leads to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is it safe to do extraction to a patient with meningitis?

Docs can you explain, is it safe to do extraction to a patient with meningitis?

Confusing question: True bacterial meningitis is an urgent and hospital treated infection. No optional procedure would be done during the initial period of treatment in what is considered an unstable patient. After treatment has cleared the infection, elective procedures could be done if needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a patient present angina pectoris?

Can you tell me how a patient present angina pectoris?

Typical symptoms: The common symptom is a pain, ache, discomfort or tightness that you feel across the front of the chest when you exert yourself. . You may also, or just, feel the pain in your arms, jaw, neck or stomach. An angina pain does not usually last long. It will usually ease within 10 minutes when you rest. If you take some glyceryl trinitrate, it should go within 1-2 minutes ...Read more

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What could you give to a patient with chf?

What could you give to a patient with chf?

Heart Failure: There are 2 types of heart failure. Diastolic and Systolic heart failure. One is failure to contract while other is failure to relax. Equal prognosis What can you do? - Lifestyle Modifications are key - healthy Diet, no smoking, low sodium are very important Medications usually given - Beta Blockers, ACEinhibitor/ARBs, Aldosterone blockers, Nitrates/Hydralazine (better in Black Males) ...Read more

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What can you do about a long "terminal" diagnosis? How can you cope?

What can you do about a long "terminal" diagnosis? How can you cope?

Delicate: There is no perfect way of dealing with imminent death. Stick with your loved ones, do all the things that you wanted to do, if possible. Make sure that your symptoms are promptly addressed. Do not give up to fear. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

The silent killer: Htn is the leading cause of strokes and end stage renal disease requiring dialysis. It is a leading cause of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and heart attacks. The major reduction in the incidence of strokes since 1950 has been attributed to the more widespread use of effective anti-hypertensive drugs. Htn causes no symptoms for about 30 years when end organ damage begins to occur. ...Read more

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What should a person with tachycardia do to treat their condition?

What should a person with tachycardia do to treat their condition?

Tachycardia: A person with a pathologic tachycardia can see a cardiologist to diagnose and treat their condition. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come would i be short of breath?

Can someone explain to me how come would i be short of breath?

Shortness of breath: There are so many cardiac, pulmonary and other causes for causing shortness of breath. You need to see a physician for full physical and work-up to get correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a condition similar to scoliosis?

Docs can you explain what is a condition similar to scoliosis?

Scoli and kyphosis: Scoliosis is the s-shaped curve when looking at your frontal image. Kyphosis is the accentuation of the posture from the side, causing a pronounced hump on the back. Turn to the side and look at your profile. Ann exaggerated s from the side may be seen. This is kyphosis. Some kyphosis is normal, but I am referring to excessive kyphosis. These are the 2 deformities typically discussed. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does your BMI have to be to be hospitalized?

Can doctors tell me what does your BMI have to be to be hospitalized?

Morbid obesity: A bmi over 35 is sometimes called "morbid obesity", but there is no bmi indication for hospitalization. What would you do in the hospital that you can't do at home? Some people tolerate high bmi very well. Indications for hospitalization would be from complications of obesity. Heart failure, respiratory failure, infection, etc. ...Read more

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How can a doctor treat bradycardia?

How can a doctor treat bradycardia?

It depends: Bradycardia refers to a slow heart rate. Treatment may only be needed if the bradycardia causes symptoms such as lightheadedness. Slow heart rate may be a side effect of medications such as beta blockers which may be discontinued or reduced in dosage. Symptomatic bradycardia is one of the indications for placement of a pacemaker which can be programmed to prevent bradycardia. ...Read more

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How can you give cpr to someone who may have a broken neck/back?

How can you give cpr to someone who may have a broken neck/back?

Hold neck still: You put one hand on either side of the head to stabilize the cervical spine, and proceed with cpr. The chest compressions are more important than the respirations but hold the neck in the midline and stabilize the spine while doing CPR unless the neck is not centered- do not attempt to center the neck if it appears dislocated. Just keep it immobile. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many heart bypasses can a person have?

Can you let me know how many heart bypasses can a person have?

No set rule: But i've seen a few people have 3. Nowadays, it isn't as necessary to have a redo bypass since modern drug eluting stents make a very satisfactory treatment for failing grafts. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is a person's exposure to radiation routinely checked?

Can you tell me how is a person's exposure to radiation routinely checked?

No routine check: People at risk for radiation exposure usually wear badges. If you were not wearing a badge, you can test your white blood cells for radiation damage. This is not cheap or routine though. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cope with a vein disease if you can't have surgery?

Can you tell me how to cope with a vein disease if you can't have surgery?

Medical options: Varicose veins are due to leaking valves in the saphenous vein system.There is a strong hereditary component. There are many potential home remedies such as horse chestnut, witch hazel and certain kinds of berries but none of these work well.If you have varicose or spider veins, then you should see a vein specialist for a venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound. Support hose may help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a patient presented to the ER with chest pain and a ventricular pacemaker, what they will do?

Can you tell me if a patient presented to the ER with chest pain and a ventricular pacemaker, what they will do?

Usual: Usually starts with history taking and physical examination, chest x-ray, ekg. Depending on findings and clinical impression, further testing may be done. ...Read more

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How can you explain bradycardia to a patient?

Varies: Heart rate less than 60 beats per minute is a simplified definition of bradycardia. For youngsters in good shape normal heart rate can be in the 40s and 50s (sometimes even in the 30s for highly competitive athletes such as boris becker). On the other hand heart rate in the 60 to 70 range may be slow in certain older, overweight or out-of-shape individuals. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with bradycardia?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is seen often in the doctor's office -- there are many causes, including a fit/athletic heart, medication side effects (beta blockers or certain calcium channel blocker), an older or weakening heart, and others -- make an appt. To see your doctor! ...Read more

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How would a doctor treat a patient with bradycardia?

How would a doctor treat a patient with bradycardia?

Medicine/pacemaker: Your doctor will determine if any medications are causing bradycardia and remove them. If symptoms persist, and medications are not to blame, sometimes a pacemaker is required. ...Read more

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If a patient having angina pectoris is also suffering from hypotension and bradycardia which antianginal can be used that do not exacerbate hypotensio?

If a patient having angina pectoris is also suffering from hypotension and bradycardia which antianginal can be used that do not exacerbate hypotensio?

Ranolazine: Ranolazine is a specific antianginal therapy that does not cause bradycardia or hypotension. Beta blockers and calcium channel blockers should be avoided in bradycardia, while nitrates should be avoided in hypotension. Angina may also be caused by bradycardia, if slower than the heart demands. A treadmill test to evaluate for an appropriate rise in heart rate would help. ...Read more

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Low catecholamines? Do docs ever check for this in extremely fatigued patients with bradycardia?

Low catecholamines? Do docs ever check for this in extremely fatigued patients with bradycardia?

Not usually: The usual causes of fatigue and bradycardia checked for include underactive thyroid and primary cardiac conditions causing slow heart rates such as extreme sinus bradycardia, various degrees of heart block, medication side effects or toxicity,elevated potassium levels. Catecholamines are usually checked in cases of hypertension or tachycardia. ...Read more

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Does bradycardia progress?

Sometimes: It depends on the situation. In young people, it is quite common to have a low heart rate (to a point), mostly due to high vagal tone or a strong parasympathetic nervous system. Most concerning would be if it was associated with dizziness or episodes of passing out. ...Read more

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Can bradycardia cause syncope?

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Can bradycardia cause syncope?

Yes: Syncope is loss of consciousness due to transitory decline in blood flow to brain. This can be caused by irregular heart rate or rhythm or by alteration of blood volume or distribution. ...Read more

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Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Is bradycardia harmful on the body?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Not usually: Only if accompanied by symptoms like enervation, dizziness, shortness of breath. If naturally occurring (no heart rhythm disturbance or medication adverse effect) and no symptoms, probably would simply observe. Otherwise, underlying conditions need to be sought and treated accordingly. Some may require a pacemaker if symptomatic and not responsive to conservative therapy. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for bradycardia?

What do you recommend for bradycardia?

Nothing or a lot: Not all bradycardia is bad. Some people have resting heart rates that are low without any symptoms. But if its low, the rhythm has bad features, and or the patient is symptomatic, many things need to be considered. What medicines the patient is on, any underlying heart disease, maybe a pacemaker. There are many things to consider for a proper treatment plan. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of relative bradycardia?

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What are symptoms of relative bradycardia?

Fatigue : Shortened of breath, lightheartedness or passing out. ...Read more

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Please advise what is bradycardia (bad/good)?

Heart rate: Bradycardia means low heart rate . It is all in context - ex 70 yo who is frequently dizzy vs someone sleeping vs an athlete . Of course one had to remember that drugs are often intended to lower heart rate - a common cause. ...Read more

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Can bradycardia occur in physically fit athletes?

Can bradycardia occur in physically fit athletes?

Bradycardia: slow resting heart rate is common in highly trained aerobic athletes ...Read more

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What would be the most commen cause of bradycardia?

What would be the most commen cause of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: This depends upon the age of the patient -child vs adult, and health status of the patient. Generally speaking, the most common causes of bradycardia are issues with the conducting system in the heart caused by heart disease and aging, medications causing bradycardia, and certain medical conditions distinct from heart disease can produce this as well. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Please describe the most commen cause of bradycardia?

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Bradycardia: Elderly patients on blood pressure medications. In young people, healthy athletes have slow heart rate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have temporary bout of bradycardia?

Is it possible to have temporary bout of bradycardia?

Yes: athletes have it all the time - pulse 40's, 50's and feeling just fine ...Read more

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What are my chances of bradycardia casusing health problems?

What are my chances of bradycardia casusing health problems?

Depends...: Some athletes walk around with low heart rates due to the great condition of the heart. In this case, there is no ill effect. However, if the low heart rate is due to heart disease and the patient develops symptoms of the low heart rate, a pacemaker may be needed. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my bradycardia. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my bradycardia.  Should i?

Possibly: If you're generally healthy and have normal energy and endurance, no further testing is necessary. If you are excessively fatigued or become breathless more easily than you think is normal, it would pay to be checked. If you have spells of passing out or nearly passing out, you should be checked soon. ...Read more

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Can hyperkalemia cause bradycardia?

Can hyperkalemia cause bradycardia?

See below : An extremely elevated level of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia) can cause a slow heart rate (bradycardia) and even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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