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Is Ventricular Fib Hereditary
If a patient has tordeas de pointes or ventricular fib wouldn't they be able to hear it with a stethoscope?
AF vs vf: Good question, they could look alike on ECG. Both would also result in cardiac arrest. As no perfusion would result, one would expect AF waves to be less visible than VF very quickly. If arrest had been present for say more than 30sec. , VF would be more likely as the AF waves should likely not be visible. ...Read more
Afib/vfib: ventricular standstill and fine v-fib are functionally the same the ventricle is not contracting - vfib is a slight quivering which may or may not be identifiable on ECG; if the ventricle is not contracting then it is not possible to non-invasively identify atrial fibrillation from simply sinus/atrial arrest. ...Read more
Father died unexpectedly at age 43 from ventricular a-fib; when should his young son see a cardiologist? What tests are recommended for son?
Is a transeptal puncture required to access the left ventricular during an EP study for ventricular tachycardia? If so, is it as risky as A-fib?
If the tachycardia: is originating from a left sided focus either transeptal approach or retrograde approach across the aortic valve would be necessary. Any time you are intervening on the left side there are slightly increased risks but in experienced hands this is no more concerning than any other interventional procedure. ...Read more
How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?
Most cases no: The chances of being born with a heart defect are approximately 8 per every thousand deliveries (a little under 1%). Most babies born with a heart defect (asd, vsd or any of a multitude of others) have no family members with heart disease. Now, when there is a first line family member with a heart defect the chances increase to about 2-3%, so there may be some genetic component. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnl heart rhythm: Afib is short for atrial fibrillation which is an abnormal heart rhythm where your heart speeds & slows down on its own without any good reason. It can be confirmed by an ekg/ecg or electrocardiogram where your doctor will tell you that you're missing p waves (the signal from the atria). Afib increases your risk of stroke and may warrant taking blood thinners. ...Read more
Irregular heart : A fib is a common arrhythmia in older adults. It is an irregularity of the pacing part of the heart. It increases symptoms like shortness of breath and palpitations. It is often due to hypertension or underlying heart disease. Meds can control the heart rate and reduce the risk of stroke. You should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more