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Are premature atrial contractions dangerous?

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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Dr. Chevies Newman
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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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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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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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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

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