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Is an irregular heartbeat considered a heart disease?

Is an irregular heartbeat considered a heart disease?

Depends: If the irregular heart beat is due to sporadic premature beats and the heart is structurally normal, that kind of irregularity is present in all normal hearts and not considered a heart disease. On the other hand, if you have atrial fibrillation (for example), that is considered a heart disease. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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What is considered an irregular heart rate?

What is considered an irregular heart rate?

Depends: Irregular means a constant variation in heart rate or can be caused by frequent early/premature beats. Young people however can have a moderate variation in heart rate just by breathing in and out so consult your physician to find out if yours is abnormally irregular if you are concerned ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat with a slow heart dangerous?

Is an irregular heart beat with a slow heart dangerous?

SEE YOUR DOCTOR: Arrythmias are heart rhythm disturbances which can be dangerous but controlled with medication and or interventional procedures. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heartbeat considered very serious?

Usually benign: If causing symptoms should see your doc for an evaluation. They usually are not a problem but for an occasional patient there is a real problem. Can't tell without seeing the patient. ...Read more

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Is irregular heartbeat considered a heart condition on health surveys?

Is irregular heartbeat considered a heart condition on health surveys?

Depends: All human beings have some irregular heart beat sometimes. If it's something you've occasionally noticed, i wouldn't include it on a health survey, but if your doctor has given you a specific diagnosis, e.g. Atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia (among others), then i would include it. ...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 heartbeat a bad sign?

Is an irregular heartbeat a bad sign?

Not always: But see your physician to determine what kind of arrhythmia you have or don't have. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an irregular pulse & an irregular heart rate?

Is there a difference between an irregular pulse & an irregular heart rate?

No, technically yes: They both indicate an irregularity of your heart's rhythm. If you listen at your chest, you actually hear the heart beats. If you check a peripheral pulse, you're feeling the momentary arterial bulge that results from the heart beat. Special case: in atrial fibrillation, the pulse rate will always be "slower" than the hr because some beats aren't transmitted. ...Read more

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Is a weak/faint heart beat a possible sign of any heart problems?

Is a weak/faint heart beat a possible sign of any heart problems?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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How possible are ecotopic heartbeats an indication of a heart problem?

How possible are ecotopic heartbeats an indication of a heart problem?

Not: 100% of adults have ectopic beats. As an isolated occurrence, they do not indicate disease. ...Read more

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Can a stroke be caused by an irregular heart beat with a low heart rate?

Can a stroke be caused by an irregular heart beat with a low heart rate?

Yes, it is possible: Irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation may cause stroke. As upper chambers of the heart (atria) do not contract effectively and blood tends to clot due to slow flow or stasis in these chambers. With occaissional normal beats or convertion to normal rythm may cause these clots to break loose and block the circulation in the brain. That is why in most cases blood thinners are prescribed. ...Read more

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Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Yes and no: ASD is considered a congenital heart defect(present at birth). Failure to receive corrective treatment during childhood can lead to secondary heart conditions including rhythm disturbances, or heart dysfunction. It is more a matter of how you define the term. ...Read more

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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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What is a normal resting heart rate for an infant?

What is a normal resting heart rate for an infant?

Age & activity relat: There is a range of accepted normal heart rate for infants that varies with sleep/wake/activities & deciding when they are transitioning from one state to the next is sometimes hard. 0-3m awake 85-205, asleep 80-160; 3m-2yr awake 100-190 & asleep 60-140. ...Read more

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Hi! is a INR at 1.4 with an irregular heart beat safe.

Hi! is a INR at 1.4 with an irregular heart beat safe.

This depends...: Your exact heart rhythm diagnosis should be discussed with your doctor. If you have something called atrial fibrillation, an inr of 1.4 is probably too low, and your Coumadin (warfarin) dose should be adjusted appropriately. Otherwise, you may be at risk for a blood clot to form within your heart, which may ultimately cause a stroke. ...Read more

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What is a normal heartbeat rate considered?

What is a normal heartbeat rate considered?

At Your Age...: Generally, at your age, something between 50-90 at rest. Extremely well conditioned athletes can have heart rates as low as the 30s while awake. ...Read more

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Is there any type of structural heart disease an Echocardiogram will not show? If an echo is normAl, is it safe to say heart is 100% structurally fine

Is there any type of structural heart disease an Echocardiogram will not show? If an echo is normAl, is it safe to say heart is 100% structurally fine

Mostly,: There are some rhythm problems such as Brugada syndrome that won't show up on an echo as a structural issue. A complete history. Physical, appropriate lab work, and very importantly an ECG (EKG) should also be done. Can I assume all these test were done before, or along with an echo? ...Read more

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Is it common for a teenager to have coronary heart or valvular heart disease?

Is it common for a teenager to have coronary heart or valvular heart disease?

No: There are special circumstances when a teenager may have a higher risk of coronary artery disease: sickle cell anemia, kawasaki's disease, immunological arterial diseases such as lupus or arteritis. Over use (or use) of ecstasy, methamphetamine or Cocaine increase cad. If you have these you should be under the care of specialist to begin with. If you don't have these, then don't worry about cad. ...Read more

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Is hypertension considered a heart disease?

Is hypertension considered a heart disease?

No: It's a risk factor for heart disease, but, untreated, it leads to hypertensive heart disease which, by definition, is a heart disease. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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