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Doctor insights on: Hypsarrhythmia Chaotic Electroencephalogram

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Eeg (Definition)

An electroencephaolgram (eeg) is a test that uses wires on the scalp to measure electrical activity produced by the brain. It is used to assess cerebral activity, and can be very helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures as well ...Read more


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Would paroxysmal atrial fibrillation cause mental impairment?

Would paroxysmal atrial fibrillation cause mental impairment?

Yes: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (afib) refers to a brief episode of irregular heart rhythm that may cause a variety of symptoms including confusion, palpitations, sweating, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and sometime even stroke symptoms including changes in language, facial drooping, weakness, and numbness to name a few symptoms. It is important to be seen by a doctor to have a complete exam. ...Read more

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Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

Only in a Very Few: Generally, the answer to this is a very solid "no." this is a rare complication of people with another condition (on top of their afib) called wolff-parkinson-white syndrome (or wpw). In certain patients having both conditions, the top chamber is too-well connected to the bottom and can trigger ventricular fibrillation. ...Read more

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Why is asystole (i.e. flatline) a non-shockable heart rhythm?

Why is asystole (i.e. flatline) a non-shockable heart rhythm?

No rhythm to reset: Shocking the heart resets the electrical system of the heart. In asystole, there is no electrical activity to reset. ...Read more

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Sinus Rhythm Low voltage in precordial leads. -Old anterior infarct. ABNORMAL ekg?

Sinus Rhythm Low voltage in precordial leads. -Old anterior infarct. ABNORMAL ekg?

Yes, by tracing only: It is an abnormal ekg by reading of the tracing but what is most important is the ekg in relation to a good history and clinical exam. Questions to ask: do you have a past history of heart disease, high BP, diabetes, smoking? Do you have chest pain/jaw pain/pain down L arm? Is your BP high on exam? Any of these findings along with the above ekg is a MAJOR concern. Please talk with your doctor!! ...Read more

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On ECG results rightward axis boderline ECG nornal sunius rhythm?

On ECG results rightward axis boderline ECG nornal sunius rhythm?

Possible hemiblock: An abnormal right axis plus minimally prolonged qrs duration defines what is termed a left posterior hemiblock (block of the posteroinferior fascicle of the left branch of the bundle of his). An abnormal right axis can also occur in conditions with elevated right heart pressure and resultant right ventricular enlargement. Normal sinus rhythm means no rhythm disturbance. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause very rapid ventricular activation during af, which can lead to vf. Rapid ventricular response may cause cardiac weakening over time, which in turn may increase the risk of vf. ...Read more

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Moms holter test shows ventricular ectopic beats.In 89307 beats total aw 133,isolated 112,pairs 4,abberant 0,runs 3&run beats 13.rhythym is sinus.help?

Moms holter test shows ventricular ectopic beats.In 89307 beats total aw 133,isolated 112,pairs 4,abberant 0,runs 3&run beats 13.rhythym is sinus.help?

Not enough info: What distinguishes the significance of a rhythm disturbance is what the condition of the heart is, not the rhythm per se. Your mother needs an evaluation which includes information about how strong her heart is and whether she has evidence of blocked arteries. Other considerations are what meds she takes, her use of nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, and what symptoms, if any, she has. Warm wishes. ...Read more

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How is SVT distinguished from normal fast heart rhythm on a holter monitor?

Context: The context In which the rhythm speeds up, the speed of fast rhythm onset and termination, and the shape of the waves on the rhythm strip can help distinguish an abnormal rhythm from normal. ...Read more

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What causes pulseless ventricular tachycardia?

What causes pulseless ventricular tachycardia?

Not really pulseless: When VT occurs at a fast enough rate, there is inadequate time for ventricular filling, cardiac output falls, and blood pressure falls. You may not be able to palpate a pulse but an arterial line would show a waveform that is reduced in amplitude. Rate is the key. As tissue perfusion fails, acidosis, hypoxemia and hyperkalemia result leading to ventricular fibrillation and death. ...Read more

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Here's what my dad ECG report says..SINUS RYTHM LEFT, ARIAL ABNORMALITY, LVH WITH REPOLARIZATION ABNORMALITY, PROLONGED QT INTERVAL..please interpret?

Here's what my dad ECG report says..SINUS RYTHM  LEFT, ARIAL ABNORMALITY, LVH WITH REPOLARIZATION ABNORMALITY, PROLONGED QT INTERVAL..please interpret?

Must see : It's not possible to "interpret" an ECG without seeing it. These reports suggest the possibility that high blood pressure has effected the heart, making it thicker, but again I am only speaking in general terms having not looked at the ECG myself. ...Read more

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Does an holter montior detect cardiac arrythmias?

Does an holter montior detect cardiac arrythmias?

Holter monitor: Yes, but even better are monitors that you can wear for 2 - 4 weeks as they may pick up arrhythmias that may not show in a 24hr holter. ...Read more

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Would echo,ekg,stress test,xray,bloodwork rule out any arrhythmia problem such as premature ventricular contraction and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Would echo,ekg,stress test,xray,bloodwork rule out any arrhythmia problem such as premature ventricular contraction and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

No: Occasional PVCs are normal. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation by definition is only present some of the time and the tests you list could easily miss this if done while the heart is in normal rhythm. Diagnosis of intermittent arrhythmias can be difficult and frequently requires consultation with a cardiologist subspecialized in electrophysiology, Holter monitor test is frequently used. ...Read more

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Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

It can : Cardioversion can be used to correct an abnormal rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. Sometimes, however, the procedure does not correct the situation. In such cases, medications may be necessary. ...Read more

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Why is an electrical shock delivered to correct abnormal heart rhythm?

Why is an electrical shock delivered to correct abnormal heart rhythm?

Highly effective: It "sets the clock back to zero" so to speak. It synchronizes all the electrically conducting cells in the heart to begin their cycle at the same instant. It interrupts and stops abnormal rhythms. It doesn't hurt and there are generally no side effects so in that regard, it's better than medicines. The downside is that one must be put to sleep, albeit briefly, for it. ...Read more