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Premature Atrial Contractions And Marijuana
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
PAT: Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia. Usually 5 consecutive beats or more is classified as tachycardia. ...Read more
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Yes they may but if they are occurring more frequently should be investigated further.
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Can food/eating cause premature atrial contractions? I have been diagnosed with PAC from my cardiologist
PAC: This an electrical abnormality of the conduction in the heart and is of no great significance. It is not usually food related ...Read more
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
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
I hve premature atrial contractions, which Ik aren't serious. But sometimes I have small sharp pains in my upper chest, right below collarbone. Cause?
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
I was wondering is a run of consecutive premature atrial contractions (pacs more than 3) classed as SVT (supraventricular tachycardia)?
Depends: If it's regular, yes. If not, it might just be 3 PACs in a row. The mechanisms are different. ...Read more
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
Cardiologist diagnosis premature atrial contraction and said it was really benign. Can I still exercise and is it dangerous? I also have anxiety.
Benign: Premature atrial contractions are usually a benign finding and not cause for limitation in exercise. ...Read more
I have a Holter test result: Normal sinus rhythm with occasional premature atrial complexes and rare premature ventricular complexes, please explain.
This is a very: Normal report. It means that your heart beat originates from the appropriate place most of the time but you have occasional extra heart beats that come from the top as well as rare ones that come from the bottom of your heart. We ALL do! No worries. ...Read more
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
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