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Meds To Treat Abnormal Heart Rhythms
Rhythm "any regular recurring motion, symmetry may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions, this general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything microseconds ...Read more
Never: Digitalis is used to control the ventricular rates of some abnormal fast atrial arrhythmias or svt. In atrial fibrillation it is utilized to control the fast rate. It does not "cure" the problem nor does it actually prevent the atrial arrhythmias, as antiarrhythmic medications would. ...Read more
Some, plus drugs: Depending on the cause & severity of the arrhythmia, relaxation techniques (medication, yoga, tai-chi) may be useful. Some anti-anxiety medications can be helpful as well. Beta-blockers are often used. Serious anti-arrhythmic agents are available, but some rhythm problems, especially in younger patients, may be amenable to electrophysiologic rx, like ablation, rather than lifelong drug therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many times can you perform cardioversion to revert atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm?
There is no limit: However, there is not much point in doing it repeatedly if the patient continues to go back into fibrillation especially if on medicine to maintain normal rhythm. Patients can do quite well even if in fibrillation as long as the heart rate is controlled with medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None really: Sinus arrhythmia is a benign condition seen in younger patients that causes variation in heart rate related to increased vagal tone. 2nd degree heart block can be of the benign variety (mobitz 1) or more serious (cant tell without seeing your ekg). Talk to your physician. Medicines do not cure these things. ...Read more
How many times can cardioversion be performed on an individual to revert atrial fib to normal sinus rhythm?
Which anti-arrhythmic medication is best to control frequent, non-sustained, monomorphic ventricular arrhythmias with a structurally NORMAL heart ?
May need nothing: Unless causing symptoms or a cardiologist finds some.underlying abnormality what you describe does not need treatment. Caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, alcohol and decongestants like pseudofed, and energy drinks will all exacerbate the problem. If it needs treatment a beta blocker like Metoprolol or Coreg (carvedilol) are good choices Too much thyroid medication can bring this out as well. ...Read more
Can innapropriate sinus tachycardia lead to atrial fibrillation got to go to hospital monday for ECG my heart rhythm gone from normal to abnormal?
Not usually: This would be a bit odd. Usually fibrillation is the result of age, drinking, and diseases which exhaust or stretch out the atria. Inappropriate sinus tach usually doesn't directly result in afib. When it went to "abnormal" are you sure that was to fib? Did they get an ekg? Could well be flutter too, which can occasionally be mistaken for fib. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Highly effective: It "sets the clock back to zero" so to speak. It synchronizes all the electrically conducting cells in the heart to begin their cycle at the same instant. It interrupts and stops abnormal rhythms. It doesn't hurt and there are generally no side effects so in that regard, it's better than medicines. The downside is that one must be put to sleep, albeit briefly, for it. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is tachycardia cardiomyopathy curable? Can meds be stopped once heart function and heart size return to normal?
Unclear : Yes, heart size and function grossly can return to normal in cases of tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy. Coreg, ace inhibitor +/- aldactone (spironolactone) can effect remodeling and normalization. However, it is not well known if stopping meds will cause reversion of positive gains. Having said that, u and your cardiologist ought to try and have close follow up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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