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Doctor insights on: Lupus And Premature Atrial Contractions

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What to do if I'm having a lot of premature atrial contractions (pacs)?

What to do if I'm having a lot of premature atrial contractions (pacs)?

Nothing much: Avoid caffeine and stimulants (decongestants, drugs, some medicines) and diminish stress. Some exercise and weight loss will help. Usually PACs are more a nuisance than dangerous (as long as the heart is normal) and that is the reason to discuss it first with your doctor ...Read more

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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Is it possible to get more than 5 premature atrial contractions straight after each other? A run?

Is it possible to get more than 5 premature atrial contractions straight after each other? A run?

PAC: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, Yes they may but if they are occurring more frequently should be investigated further. Thank you ...Read more

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Are premature atrial contractions dangerous?

In general no: In general pacs or premature atrial contractions are benign - not harmful. They may be caused by excessive stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, even sugar. Anxiety can also cause this - if your physician has thoroughly evaluated this and ruled out other causes this may be the issue. ...Read more

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Are premature atrial contractions dangerous?

Are premature atrial contractions dangerous?

No: There is far more concern with a completely disorganized atrial rhythm called atrial fibrillation. Occasional early beats are of no concern. ...Read more

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Can a person have both premature atrial contractions and PSVT that occur at different times?

Yes: PACs are simply isolated early extra beats that originate from the upper chambers of the heart (above the bundle of his). Some make it through to the ventricle, some are blocked. When they occur consecutively causing the ventricle to contract faster then that situation is said to be PSVT. Some self terminate- some need meds or electrical cardioversion and ablation. They can be seen separately. ...Read more

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I hve premature atrial contractions, which Ik arent serious. But sometimes I have small sharp pains in my upper chest, right below collarbone. Cause?

I hve premature atrial contractions, which Ik arent serious. But sometimes I have small sharp pains in my upper chest, right below collarbone. Cause?

It sounds like: musculo-skletal pain not related to your heart , having said that any chest pain requires an investigation to make sure that it is not heart related. See your doctor some work up such as ekg, cardiac enzymes, stress test beside an exam. ...Read more

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Every time i eat dairy/drink milk, i get really bad pac's (premature atrial contractions). I can feel it in my chest & pulse. Why does this happen?

Milk sensitivity: Get rid of milk and milk products. Try substituting soy but limit that also. The problem involves a message from stomach to brain that is reacting via the nervous communication system that goes to the heart. ...Read more

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Slow heart rate, premature atrial contractions, are they connected?

Slow heart rate, premature atrial contractions, are they connected?

AV Block?: Yes, it is very possible that the slow rate of ventricular contractions cannot keep up with a faster atrial contraction rate. It is an a-v block. ...Read more

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At rest laid down, I get Premature Atrial Contractions now and again, usually a few times per day. I had 3 in a row, I have a ECG. Is that Atrial Fib?

At rest laid down, I get Premature Atrial Contractions now and again, usually a few times per day. I had 3 in a row, I have a ECG. Is that Atrial Fib?

Here are some...: Premature heart beat is common but its clinical significance to individuals widely varies among the affected. To address your concern more appropriately, it would be most logical for yo to refer this question to your treating doctor who is expected to possess more clinical pertinence about you than anyone online. So, ask her/him timely. Further online inquiry may induce more unnecessary confusion. ...Read more

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Would echo,ekg,stress test,xray,bloodwork rule out any arrhythmia problem such as premature ventricular contraction and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Would echo,ekg,stress test,xray,bloodwork rule out any arrhythmia problem such as premature ventricular contraction and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

No: Occasional PVCs are normal. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation by definition is only present some of the time and the tests you list could easily miss this if done while the heart is in normal rhythm. Diagnosis of intermittent arrhythmias can be difficult and frequently requires consultation with a cardiologist subspecialized in electrophysiology, Holter monitor test is frequently used. ...Read more

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What are some early symptoms of lupus sle?

What are some early symptoms of lupus sle?

Variable-see below: Sle (lupus) can begin suddenly or slowly. The most frequent early symptoms are fever, malaise, rash, joint pain, and joint swelling. Since this disease can affect the whole body, there can be symptoms from any body system, including heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, eyes, and digestive tract.. If you or someone you know suspects lupus, please see a doctor very soon! ...Read more

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What are early signs and symptoms of lupus?

some suggestions: These are some but not all findings 1. Malar rash: 2. Discoid (skin) rash: 3. Photosensitivity: 4. Mouth or nose ulcers: 5. Arthritis 6. Cardio-pulmonary involvement: 7. Neurologic disorder: 8. Renal (kidney) disorder 9. Hematologic (blood) disorder 10. Immunologic disorder: antibodies to double stranded dna, antibodies to sm, or antibodies to cardiolipin 11. Antinuclear antibodies (ana):. ...Read more

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What are the differences between pre-atrial contractions, pre-ventricular contractions, and ectoptic beats?

What are the differences between pre-atrial contractions, pre-ventricular contractions, and ectoptic beats?

Extrasystoles: There are basically two types of extra beats. Ventricular extra beats and supraventricular extra beats are the two types. They are abbreviated pvcs and apcs for premature ventricular contractions and atrial premature contractions. They are the commonest arrhythmias and are usually benign though they often cause symptoms of annoyance. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more