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Is an irregular heart beat most commonly atrial fibrillation or something else?

Is an irregular heart beat most commonly atrial fibrillation or something else?

Partially yes: The most common irregular heart beat is sinus arrhythmia which is a respiratory variation in the regularity, a perfectly normal heart rhythm and not indicative of any disease. The most common abnormal heart irregularity is atrial fibrillation, with some 2-3 million people having this heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Arrhythmia (Definition)

Arrhythmia is also known as Abnormal heart rhythms. An arrhythmia is any type of irregular heart beat. It might be a simple skip of the heart beat, or a transient pause which is usually benign. However, there are also more serious types of arrhythmias when the heart races or goes too slowly. The most serious types of arrhythmias are when the ventricle or lower chamber of the heart beats too fast. This can lead to fainting ...Read more


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Help please! is an irregular heart beat always atrial fibrillation?

Help please! is an irregular heart beat always atrial fibrillation?

Not always: An irregular heart beat can be due to several arrhythmias. The best way to make a diagnosis is to get an monitor while you are having the irregular rhythm. A holter or an event monitor would be needed. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat usually atrial fibrillation?

Is an irregular heart beat usually atrial fibrillation?

Not always: It certainly can be. Although there are multiple instances when one can have an "irregular heartbeat'. You should see your doctor so an ekg can be done or possibly a monitoring device ordered to evaluate further. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat in fetus always fibrillation?

Fast/slow/none: Assessing the fetal heart is a bit problematic. Since they are isolated inside the bag of waters, we are limited to detecting rate as fast/ slow/ normal or none. Various factors can lead to various rate changes. The fetal heart is usually beating much fast ; 130-160/min are routine. Stress can speed or slow the rate. When checking newborns, I have never had one with fibrillation in 3 decades. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat always atrial fib?

Is an irregular heart beat always atrial fib?

No: The term irregular isn't really a specific medical term. It's used to help us describe certain rhythms. There are benign irregular rhythms like "sinus arrhythmia." the term atrial fibrillation tells us a lot more than a rhythm being described as irregular. ...Read more

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What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation and a,slow heart beat?

What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation and a,slow heart beat?

It depends: upon what else is going on - what is your blood pressure, how slow is the pulse, does it ever go fast; do you have heart failure or sleep apnea. if your heart goes so slow it bothers you, and there is nothing correctable, the only solution is a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Having atrial fibrillation , I do not feel fast heart beat or shortness of breath , due to medication. Would air travel for 6 hours be a problem?

Having atrial fibrillation , I do not feel fast heart beat or shortness of breath , due to medication. Would air travel for 6 hours be a problem?

C Below: You have asymptomatic Afib. Depending on your CHADS2 Score or CHADSVASC you should be at least on Aspirin. My guess is that you likely should be on Warfarin also. - Air travel is as safe as staying at home watching a TV Show. What is important is your antiplatelt therapy or anticoagulation as needed. ...Read more

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How accurate is a bloodpresure monitor if used to measure my pulse rate while I have an attack of atrial fibrillation?Does it miss any heart beats?

How accurate is a bloodpresure monitor if used to measure my pulse rate while I have an attack of atrial fibrillation?Does it miss any  heart beats?

Depends: Some monitors may miscount if you have a very fast irregular pulse but it'll probably be accurate. There are a number of other apps you could use to correlate, or do it the old fashion way: feel your pulse in your neck (or wrist) for thirty seconds and multiply by 2. ...Read more

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What treatments are commonly prescribed when you have an irregular heart beat during sleep?

What treatments are commonly prescribed when you have an irregular heart beat during sleep?

Usually, none: Most irregular heart beats are benign, a normal variant of the inherent electrical function of heart muscle. No treatment is generally required for this type, although medications such as beta-blockers, e.g. Can be used if experiencing unsettling symptoms. Sleep apnea can be an important (often unrecognized) cause of abnormal rhythms during sleep; diagnosing this condition and treating it may help. ...Read more

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I take pradaxa. Will a steroid shot to relieve back pain interact? The pradaxa is for an irregular heart beat. The lower back pain was caused when i lifted something too heavy.

I take pradaxa.  Will a steroid shot to relieve back pain interact? The pradaxa is for an irregular heart beat.  The lower back pain was caused when i lifted something too heavy.

Caution: Any blood thinner and what i assume is an epidural steroid injection you are referring to is a serious matter. Pradaxa is a relatively new drug and not everybody knows about it like Coumadin or heparin. The timing of stopping and restarting this medication with respect to a spinal injection is very important. Bleeding into the spinal space could cause permanent injury if done wrong. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more