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Rare Supraventricular Ectopy
SVT ectopy: It refers to extra beats from the top chambers of the heart or atria. They are caused by an transient imbalance in the ionic channels of cardiac cells or abnormal conduction. Typically, the sodium channel is the affect one. This has nothing to do with serum levels of sodium. However, high blood pressure can lead to elevated atrial pressure which can induce ectopy from the left atrium. ...Read more
It means: That one out of every five heart beats originates from an area in the top part of your heart other than the usual place it should. This is not dangerous but may be annoying to some patients. If it bothers you then ask your health care provider to treat you for it. ...Read more
Holter mon resul.= underlying rym is sinus pt had total of 8 supraventricular ectopy-max. Hr=168. Is this dangerous? Are my results a normal variant?
Normal: Most likely abnormal variant.Get a more detailed answer ›
No.: Supra ventricular ectopy is electrical activity not originating at the sa node. Depending on how often and the number of ectopic sites will determine if it is benign or not. Sinus tach is a rapid hr, generally >100 <150, but the electrical impulse follow the normal pathway of sa node --> av node --> bundle oh hiss. Just faster than normal (60 -100 bpm). ...Read more
My holter monitor listed 7 late beats under supraventricular ectopy. They happened during sleep. Is that a sinus pause or arrest? Concerning?
Holter report- "ventricular ectopic singles, rare supraventricular ectopic singles, one triplet". 40 F, echo normal, dr. Says all ok. Should I worry??
No Worries!: No, these isolated beats that are sporadic are considered within the normal range on a holter. ...Read more
What does "very rare atrial and ventricular ectopy" mean as a conclusion to a holter monitor report?
Probably normal: It is very common for most people to have some extra heart beats on a holter monitor. These ectopic or skipped beats could originate from the upper heart chamber (atrial) or lower heart chamber (ventricular). If these are isolated / single beats and infrequent, they usually are benign and not a concern and do not require further treatment. Call you doc if you have further questions. ...Read more
Supraventricular: It is an extra heart beat which was initiated above the ventricles. That is usually an atrial premature beat but could be an AV junctional premature beat. Both are distinct from Ventricular premature beats. ...Read more
Good question: With no simple answer. There are many triggers like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, excess thyroid hormone, anxiety, stress, decongestants eg pseudoephedrine, direct stimulants eg cocaine, etc. But you also have to have potential electrical connections in your heart that you're born with or acquire eg from rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Rhythm recordings: The heart rhythm is recorded - with ekg followed by holter monitoring for 24 to 48 hours; or with event monitors for up to 30 days; or with an implanted loop recorder for up to 6 months. Also blood tests are done for thyroid, potassium and magnesium level. An echo is also appropriate. ...Read more
Yes: Eliminating the "short circuit" in your heart responsible for the tachycardia by way of a procedure called ablation (performed in the cath lab) is one permanent way of treating the svt. Medications can also be used to modify the electrical activity of the heart and control the tachycardia. Consult your cardiologist to see if which treatment option suits you best. ...Read more
Atria or ventricles: Supra ventricular tachycardia: from upper chambers of the heart, is due to irritability (increased automaticity) or a short circuit (reentry), heart is usually structurally normal. Ventricular tachycardia: from lower chambers of the heart, due to irritability, can occur in normal hearts but is more often seen in hearts with scar tissue or weak hearts and can be life threatening. ...Read more
Depends: Svt is usually not a life threatening condition. Treatment is usually based on symptomsespecially if the heart is otherwise normal. If svt is long lived, the heart can sometimes suffer damage (due to fast heart rates for weeks/months), although this is not very common. See you doctor asap to determine a treatment plan. ...Read more
Heart beat starts: In an odd place in the small chamber (s) of the heart instead of the node that is supposed to fire off the heart. This electrical trigger is above the level of the big chambers (the ventricles) so it is supra ventricular and it's not supposed to work that way so it's ectopic too. The n-n interval is a distance on the ekg that shows the length of 1 entire heart beat. Search 'heart rate variability'. ...Read more
What do you advise if I had 3, 400 ventricular ectopics couplets and 2400 supraventricular ectopics in 2 days?
Cardiologist: You need to see a cardiologist for further workup ...Read more
Verapamil or diltiazem? Which drug would be a better choice treating supraventricular tachicardy absence of adenosin and why?
Hi. What does this mean. Infrequent supraventricular ectopic beat was seen. P Wave Morphology change was noted. Is this serious or not? Symptoms have
SV tach: I can help if we do 2nd opinion, Otherwise discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
I have supraventricular tachacardia and every time I go to sleep or try to be active iI have a really bad espisode. Is this normal or could tsomething?
Cardiology/EPS: It sounds like your medication is not as effective as it should be. Do you have any contraindications to taking a beta-blocker like Toprol (metoprolol) XL? What you describe must be interfering with your life. You may consider ablation of the focus that causes the arrhythmia if medical treatment is not working. Mouth-breathing causes loss of CO2 and contributes to episodes of tachycardia. Antihistamines help. ...Read more
Upper heart chambers: Fast heart beat due to mechanism arising from the upper chamber of the heart is known as supraventricular tachycardia. It could be due to electrical reentry (think of it as a short circuit) or increased automaticity (electrically hyperactive cells). It is amenable to treatment in most cases. ...Read more
Depending on the origin of the svt, usually av nodal block is done, through one of following;
1. Physical maneuvers, such as valsalva maneuver.
2. Medications, such as adenosine.
Consult a cardiologist for details. ...Read more
Ineffective hrt beat: If your heart is beating extremely fast (as in supra-ventricular tachycardia) it has very little time to fill with blood between beats so very little blood will be pumped with every beat. As a result important organs like your brain, kidneys, liver and your heart itself will not receive the necessary amount of blood to continue functioning properly. ...Read more
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