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Is risperidone harmful for someone who has afib and is over 80?

Is risperidone harmful for someone who has afib and is over 80?

Risk vs benefits: No antipsychotic is fda approved for treatment in elderly. You have to weight your risk and benefits to see if taking the medication will be more beneficial. All antipsychotics have the potential to increase your qt interval which could cause the afib to get worse. I encourage you to talk to the prescriber about this. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Risperidone (Definition)

Risperidone is a second generation antipsychotic that is fda approved for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues with autism. It is generally effective and used commonly. Side effects include sedation, weight gain, increase in lipids and blood sugar, hunger, severe muscle reactions such as dystonia, tremors, among others. It also comes in a ...Read more


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My doctor & his nurse say my newly diagnosed afib is not harmful. They said I could take metoprolol or not. No blood thinners prescribed. I'm confused?

My doctor & his nurse say my newly diagnosed afib is not harmful. They said I could take metoprolol or not. No blood thinners prescribed. I'm confused?

If no risk for clots: The relative risk for throwing clots (thromboembolism) needs to be considered in all patients with afib. Your relative youth makes clotting less a concern probably making them give you just a rate control med like metoprolol. Should look at the chadsvasc scoring system and make sure no other risks. This included ade, diabeteses, hypertension, prior stroke, female sex, heart failure, as importan. ...Read more

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I have just been prescribed topimax to combat the significant weight gain from taking risperidone and Geodone. Any harmful side effects?

I have just been prescribed topimax to combat the significant weight gain from taking risperidone and Geodone. Any harmful side effects?

Topamax: It is always good to find out about potential side effects & drug- drug interactions. Here is a comprehensive list of possible side effects for Drugs. Com: https://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/topamax-side-effects. Html ...Read more

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How can someone stop atrial fibrillation?

How can someone stop atrial fibrillation?

Depends: New onset atrial fibrillation is often self limited, going away by itself. But the cause dictates the subsequent course. Thus treating things like high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure, over active thyroid hormones, coronary disease, and avoiding alcohol may be important. Some drugs are useful to maintain rate and rhythm. If needed, electric shock (cardioversion) is effective. ...Read more

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Can someone work with atrial fibrillation?

Can someone work with atrial fibrillation?

Yes: As long as the heart rate is not to fast and the risk of strike is appropriately dealt with, people work with af. Some people might feel better if they are in normal rhythm. Specific questions regarding rhythm vs. Rate control should be directed to your doctor. ...Read more

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How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fib: May not be able to prevent this arrhythmia. But some people can get episodes after drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Is afib the same as a pac?

Is afib the same as a pac?

No: Atrial fib is a persistant rapid beats in the atria. Atrial beat is about 300 beats per min. Pac is a single isolated beat that originates in the atrium. ...Read more

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How do you treat cabal afib?

Medications and such: It depends on if it is chronic or just intermittent. If it is rare, they may just watch it. If it is fast or long lasting, then there are medications that help regulate the heart. It is also good to avoid tobacco, caffeine, and stimulants. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to cure afib?

What is the most effective way to cure afib?

It depends: With the evidence we have currently, catheter ablation is probably the most effective cure for atrial fibrillation (afib). However, that doesn't mean it's appropriate for everyone. Discuss with you electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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Is it ok to go into a hut tub if I have chronic afib?

Is it ok to go into a hut tub if I have chronic afib?

Probably OK.: All afib is not created equal. If your rate is well controlled with exercise and you have no history of heart failure or limiting coronary artery disease it seems reasonable to try but you should check with your doc first. ...Read more

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Is PSVT the same as AFIB?

Yes: There are several types for PSVT and a fib is one of them. ...Read more

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Is there a life long cure for afib?

No: Unless there is a specific reason such as hypothyroidism, most therapies seek to attenuate symptoms ...Read more

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Do you treat vagal afib differently?

Do you treat vagal afib differently?

No: Although it theoretically makes sense to use anti arrhythmic medications which target the parasympathetic (vagal) nervous system, studies don't seem to show a difference in success using this approach. ...Read more

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What's the difference between vfib and afib?

What's the difference between vfib and afib?

Top vs Bottom: Ventricular fibrillation is from the bottom chamber; vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation - from the top chamber- while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular rhythm: Af is an irregular heart rhythm caused by uncoordinated electrical activity in the atria, or top chambers of the heart. Sometimes it is fast, other times it isn't. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation?

Arrhythmias: Atrial fibrillation (afib) is the most common sustained rhythm abnormality. It's characterized by an irregular heart rate. The upper chambers of the heart (atrium) do not beat but quiver. Many people don't notice it. But many do. It can lead to strokes in some patients so blood thinners are important. It can be treated with medications, ablation thru iv's in the groin or surgery. See a cardiologis. ...Read more

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Should I have an afib ablation?

Hypothetically...: Let's make assumptions: you're 36, presumably healthy without other major med problems and you have already failed a trial of 1 or more drugs. You only have afib sometimes. Fine, here's the breakdown. Chance of cure on 1st procedure: 50%. Chance of cure after 2nd procedure: 70%. Recovery time: short. Risk of major complications, ~4% including 1:250-500 of stroke. Pick your ep doc well. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

Sometimes: There is a gene that makes the tendency to get it more likely, but most a fib is due to environmental and aquired factors such as age, valvular heart disease and alcohol. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation cause ed?

No: Afib cannot directly cause ed. Medicines used to treat afib can impair erections and conditions associated with afib such as heart failure, coronary disease also can cause ed. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation affect ed?

Can atrial fibrillation affect ed?

Maybe: Afib can be a symptom of multiple medical problems that can affect sexual function. Metoprolol and other beta-blockers are common medications for afib that have negative impact on erections. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation hereditary?

No: Congenital heart problems can be inherited and this can lead to afib. But afib itself is not. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation treated?

How is atrial fibrillation treated?

Medications: There are a variety of medications which can either control the heart rate or convert the rhythm back to normal. Sometimes cardioversion is used to correct the heart rhythm. Also in some cases ablation can be done which will correct the abnormal rhythm. ...Read more

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What can cause atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation, or afib, is a very common rhythm disturbance, the most common in this country. It is most often associated with hypertension, but can also be associated with valvular disease specifically mitral valve disease. It can be treated with either rate control or converting back to the normal sinus rhythm. Patient are often placed on blood thinners to prevent complications. ...Read more

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What does atrial fibrillation means?

What does atrial fibrillation means?

Irregular heart beat: Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heart beat that results in a fluttering (fibrillating) of the top portion of the heart. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation a disability?

It can be: If afib is difficult to treat ie unable to convert patient to normal rythm or unable to slow rate down with medicines, or perhapse the patient can't tolerate the medications to treat the problem, a person can be disabled. Pts with pre existing heart problems may not tolerate afib as well. Ablation therapy is not always effective and some patients may need a pacemaker. Just depends on pt ...Read more

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Why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?

Why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?

Causes strokes: Atrial fibrillation causes stagnation of blood in the atrium contributing to the formation of clots there which may travel to the brain causing a stroke or cva or sudden death. ...Read more

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Can an atrial fibrillation be lethal?

Only if…: Only if the atrial rate is conducted in a very rapid fashion to the lower chamber. Your heart has built-in protection to keep this from happening. However, patients with a condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White sometimes lack this protection and under the right circumstances can die as a result of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

EKG /Physical exam: Different ways. Listening to the heart there is obvious irregular rhythm with irregular rate. The electrocardiogram is diagnostic. Some times atrial fibrillation may appeared transiently or paroxystically. A holter monitor or cardiac monitor could show the characteristic features of the EKG changes. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for atrial fibrillation?

Read...: As per epocrates: CAD (coronary disease) hypertension, heart failure, valvular disease, pericardial and pleural diseases, diabetes, thyroid disorders, disorders of the lung, and advanced age are known risk factors for the development of acute af. However, af may occur in the absence of any underlying cardiac or noncardiac diseases, for example, as a result of heavy alcohol intake. ...Read more

Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A heart condition, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Risperidal (Definition)

Risperidal is a serotonin-dopamine receptor blocker which is a kind of atypical anti-psychotic drug (drug ...Read more