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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Rhythm (Definition)

Rhythm "any regular recurring motion, symmetry may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions, this general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything microseconds ...Read more


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I recently wore a monitor for palpitations. Can you translate these results please? 1). Tha basic cardiac rhythm was sinus with episodes of cardiac arrhythmia (pr 0.14 sec). 2) patient events were at times associated with ectopy and heart rate of 6

I recently wore a  monitor for palpitations. Can you translate these results please?  1). Tha basic cardiac rhythm was sinus with episodes of cardiac arrhythmia  (pr 0.14 sec).     2) patient events were at times associated with ectopy and heart rate of 6

Sorry :(: Your question gets cut off after a certain number of characters so we don't have all the read. It sounds, though, like you had some extra heartbeats at the time you pressed the "record" button. This may explain what you felt at those times. ...Read more

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Can s3 and s4 heart sounds be seen on an ECG rhythm strip? If so, do you have examples?

Can s3 and s4 heart sounds be seen on an ECG rhythm strip? If so, do you have examples?

No: Ecg records electrical activity. S3 and s4 are sounds so you would have to listen to with a stethoscope. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a ECG (ekg) strip recorder and a cardiac monitor?

What are the differences between a ECG (ekg) strip recorder and a cardiac monitor?

Not much: In general, they all assess the electrical activity of the heart. They differ in the number of leads they have and in the circumstances one would use them. The higher the number of leads the better the assessment of the electrical system and clues to the anatomy of the heart. ...Read more

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I swear, i felt my heart stop before i passed out. I'm quite familiar with rapid heart rhythm, but not with such a cardiac arrest? What is that?

I swear, i felt my heart stop before i passed out. I'm quite familiar with rapid heart rhythm, but not with such a cardiac arrest? What is that?

Heart beat: Patients who have episodes of syncope should have an evaluation by a cardiologist. Tests that are usually performed in addition to blood testing include an echocardiogram and a holter monitor test. ...Read more

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Why is ventricular fibrillation the most common rhythm of cardiac arrest?

Why is ventricular fibrillation the most common rhythm of cardiac arrest?

Final pathway: Ventricular fibrillation is the final step before a heart stops beating. Any heart that has not gotten enough blood flow or oxygen for a prolonged period of time will begin fibrillating followed shortly by asystole (no beating at all). In a sense, ventricular fibrillation is the final step every heart likely goes through before it stops beating. ...Read more

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Do you know if ventricular fibrillation is the most common rhythm during cardiac arrest?

No.: The initial rhythm causing a cardiac arrest is most usually monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (62%), followed by bradycardia (17%), then polymorphic VT (13%) and finally primary vf (8%). Most of these rhythms will eventually degenerate into vf, however. ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more


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