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Is arrhythmia curable?

Is arrhythmia curable?

Maybe: There are many types of arrhythmias, and the answer depends on the type. Atrial fibrillation can be controlled with medications or cured with an ablation procedure. Ventricular tachycardia often requires a pacemaker/icd or an ablation procedure. Ventricular fibrillation is deadly if not addressed immediately. There are multiple others, and the treatment ultimately depends on the arrhythmia type. ...Read more

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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Definition)

Abnormal heart rhythm is a condition in which a person has an abnormal heartbeat pattern, as detected by an EKG (electrocardiogram) of the heart. Some abnormal rhythms run in families (hereditary abnormal rhythms). Some abnormal rhythms are not dangerous, while others can cause ...Read more


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Can arrhythmias be completely cured?

Arrhythmia: While we don't cure a lot of things, some arrhythmias are actually able to be cured. When abnormal tissue is causing the arrhythmia, by ablation(destruction)of the abnormal tissue we may be able to cure that specific arrhythmia. This isn't all arrhythmias by any means, but at least its some. ...Read more

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Can you describe how arrhythmias feel like?

Can you describe how arrhythmias feel like?

Flip Flops : An arrythmia or iabnormal heart beat may be of several types. A tachycardia or rapid rhythm feels like a racing heart but not brought on by exercise. A slow heart beat may lead to fatigue or passing out. The most common arrythmia is due to extra beats which feel like a "flip flop" sensation due to the extra early beat or a pause after the beat with a "sinking" feeling in the chest. ...Read more

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Is an arrhythmia dangerous?

Is an arrhythmia dangerous?

Many Types: There are many types of arrhythmias or irregular heart beats. The most common ones are benign and not dangerous and only a nuisance at most. However if your races and does not stop or you feel poorly - lighheaded, sick to your stomach, dizzy or pass out - this could be a very serious condition. The only way to determine what kind of arrhythmia you have is to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Arrhythmia?

What are the tests for Arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia Tests: Testing for an arrhythmia can include electrocardiography (ECG/EKG), 24 hour or 48 hour Holter Monitor, 2 week Zio event monitor, or 4 week event monitor. Other potential tests for longer term monitoring can include a monitor that implants under the skin. There is also invasive testing for arrhythmias by a Cardiac Electrophysiologist called an Electrophysiology Study. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Arrhythmia?

Multiple: Most common is the sensation of an irregular heart beat, called palpitations. Other symptoms may include dizziness, near or complete syncope, shortness of breath, or in worst case, cardiac arrest/sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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Is it painful to have an arrhythmia?

Is it painful to have an arrhythmia?

Usually not: However, don't let the lack of pain prevent you from getting it properly evaluated. It can lead to far more serious issues than just pain. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an arrhythmia?

What sort of problem is an arrhythmia?

Irregular heartbeat: An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heart. The heart can beat too fast (tachycardia) , too slow (bradycardia), or irregularly. Many arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be serious or even life threatening. There are many types, and your doctor can explain which particular problem you have, and the treatment options. ...Read more

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How come anterior mi's have arrhythmias?

Arrhythmias: Anterior mis often have hemodynamic problems associated. Any mi has associated ischemia and can have arrhythmias associated. Anterior mi is not necessarily more likely to have arrhythmia than other mis. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Arrhythmia?

What are the complications of Arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: A heart arrhythmia can be due to a variety of causes. Some are very benign (not dangerous) but some can be life threatening. Complications or symptoms of an arrhythmia can include sensations of fast or abnormal heart rate or heart pounding, lightheadedness, almost passing out, passing out, shortness of breath, chest pain, stroke, cardiac arrest, and death. ...Read more

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What is the cause of having an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: Arrhythmias have lots of potential causes, they range from structural abnormalities, through physiologic and psychologic stresses, chemical drivers, smoking and other things..... ...Read more

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What causes atrial arrhythmias?

What causes atrial arrhythmias?

Many causes: First off, need an ultrasound (echo) of your heart, because structural abnormalites of the heart are the first big cause that needs to be eliminated. If your heart is structurally normal, then the other big cause for atrial arrhythmias is diet and drugs -- especially any caffeine or diet pills. Finally, sometimes it is just idiopathic -- which means we cannot find a cause. ...Read more

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How do doctors control arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: To try and control arrhythmia we have an armamentarium of medications and electric shock and radio frequency ablation procedures. ...Read more

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Would diabetes affect my arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: It certainly can. Make sure your blood sugar levels are very close to normal all day. If so and you have arrhythmia you need to be referred to a cardiologist. If not, work on better control of your blood sugar by changes in diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Can you die from a cardia arrhythmia?

Can you die from a cardia arrhythmia?

Yes!: There are several benign arrythmias which do not directly cause death. These include premature atrial contractions, isolated premature ventricular contractions and atrial fibrillation. Frequent premature ventricular contractions (called runs), ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation can affect blood flow to the heart (heart attack) and brain (stroke) and result in death. ...Read more

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Can having arrhythmia make you tired?

Yes: yes if your heart rate is constantly running over 120-130, you could definitely feel tired. ...Read more

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Why do anterior MIs cause arrhythmias?

Anterior mi's: All MIs are associated with arrhythmias. This happens because of the changes in conductivity of cardiac muscle from the dead and ischemic muscles. This is conducive to the formation of many kinds of arrhythmias. ...Read more

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What arrhythmia medications cause edema?

What arrhythmia medications cause edema?

Calcium Blockers: Edema or swelling of the feet may be caused by many things including venous insufficiency, obesity, heart failure and medication. The type of medicines used for rhythm disturbances which cause edema are the calcium channel blockers. The most common is Diltiazem (cardizem, diltia). There are other alternatives to this type of medication and you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Heart Rhythm Disorder (Definition)

Also known as abnormal heart rhythm, it is any type of irregular heart beat. Serious types of arrhythmias occur when the heart races ...Read more