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Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

Ask a cardiologist: Digitalis has a long history of treating congestive heart failure by stimulating the heart muscle. I believe it is used in patients with heart failure but with a normal sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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Rhythm (Definition)

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


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When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

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

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Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

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Which non-invasive treatments can be used to treat abnormal heart rhythms?

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 more

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How many times can you perform cardioversion to revert atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm?

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 more

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Can digitalis be used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Can digitalis be used for abnormal heart rhythms?

Yes: But it's not a first line medicine any more because there are newer, more effective medicines. It's still sometimes added to others though. ...Read more

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What irregular heart rhythms can be treated with an external defibrillation?

What irregular heart rhythms can be treated with an external defibrillation?

Any: Any rapid abnormal heart rhythm can be treated with external defibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, svt, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation can all be treated this way but some are emergent and some are elective. ...Read more

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Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

It can : Cardioversion can be used to correct an abnormal rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. Sometimes, however, the procedure does not correct the situation. In such cases, medications may be necessary. ...Read more

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What medicine can be used to cure sinus arrhythmia with 2nd degree heart block.?

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What medicine can be used to cure sinus arrhythmia with 2nd degree heart block.?

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

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How many times can cardioversion be performed on an individual to revert atrial fib to normal sinus rhythm?

There is : No specific number or limit, however, if multiple cardioversions are needed it might be time to consider ablation or a change in medical therapy. ...Read more

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Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

Rebooting the system: Our heart works through electrical pathways. If these pathways get out of sync or mixed up then sometimes cardioversion or defibrillation a.K.A. "reboot of the system" can get the electricity back in sync. ...Read more

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Can energy drinks give abnormal heart rythms? Can poputations be cured with heart sonograms?

Can energy drinks give abnormal heart rythms? Can poputations be cured with heart sonograms?

Yes to the 1st Q: Energy drinks and caffeinated drinks commonly cause palpitations. Heart sonogram also called echocardiogram is not a therapy. It's a diagnostic test for the heart anatomy and function. ...Read more

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Which anti-arrhythmic medication is best to control frequent, non-sustained, monomorphic ventricular arrhythmias with a structurally NORMAL heart ?

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

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Hello can ectopic heart beat lead to vf or other heart proplems?

Hello can ectopic heart beat lead to vf or other heart proplems?

Very rarely: We never say never in medicine. But single ectopic beats in people with an otherwise normal heart are usually benign. ...Read more

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Can innapropriate sinus tachycardia lead to atrial fibrillation got to go to hospital monday for ECG my heart rhythm gone from normal to abnormal?

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 more

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Why is an electrical shock delivered to correct abnormal heart rhythm?

Why is an electrical shock delivered to correct abnormal heart rhythm?

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

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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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Is tachycardia cardiomyopathy curable? Can meds be stopped once heart function and heart size return to normal?

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 more

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Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Definition)

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