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Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

Yes: There are many effective ways to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent consequences such as heart failure. The most common way is with medications such as beta blockers or other anti-arrhythmic medications. There are also procedures, called ablations, which treat the arrhythmia by interupting the electrical signals of the arrhythmia. A qualified cardiologist should be able to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


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What are the dangers of cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

What are the dangers of cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

Death: The most severe danger is death. Let your cardiologist guide you down this rocky path to safety. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of of cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

Sudden cardiac death: Sudden cardiac death can occur due to an arrhythmia if one has a weakened heart muscle. That is why evaluation for defibrillators are always done fo this patient population. ...Read more

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What are the issues with cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

Many rhythms: Patients with congestive heart failure are at risk for several different abnormal heart rhythms, including life threatening and more benign rhythms that can affect quality of life. The most common arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation - it is treated with blood thinners, medications to control the rhythm, and sometimes procedures. An implanted defibrillator (icd) can protect from sudden death. ...Read more

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How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas to a stiff heart, or drug toxicity such as can occur with certain types of chemotherapy. Decrease your chances of developing heart failure by managing your identifed risk factors (i.e. Hypertension). A pacemaker may be needed in advanced heart failur. ...Read more

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Is there any way to self-diagnose heart arrhythmia?

Is there any way to self-diagnose heart arrhythmia?

Check your pulse. : A heart arrhythmia is an irregular series of heart beats. It is not a fast or slow rate but an irregular rate. The most common arrhythmia is a premature atrial contraction (pac). A more serious arrhythmia is a premature ventricular contraction. If your pulse is irregular or your heart beats out of turn (suddenly and strongly) you are having an arrhythmia. Frequent arrythmias should be evaluated. ...Read more

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How do you control arrhythmia of the heart?

How do you control arrhythmia of the heart?

Different ways: Some arrhythmias can be treated with medications; others can be modified or even cured with a procedure in the cardiac catheterization lab (radio frequency ablation). It will depend on what the type and or mechanism of the arrhythmia is and how much of an impact it is having. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia of the heart that you can actually feel?

What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia of the heart that you can actually feel?

Several: These include palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or "flip-flops, " or feeling that your heart is "running away").Pounding in your chest. Dizziness or feeling light-headed. Fainting. Shortness of breath. Chest discomfort. Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired). ...Read more