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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Ectopic Atrial Tachycardia

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Atrial Tachycardia (Definition)

Atrial tachycardia is a symptom in which a person's heart rate is faster than normal for his age or for the activity he is doing, and the electrical impulse for his heartbeats starts in the upper part of the heart (the atria). An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) ...Read more


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If u have ectopic atrial tachycardia, does the ectopic signal cause the ventricles to beat too? And what's the difference with reentry tachycardia?

EAT: Atrial tachycardia, regardless of mechanism, conducts to the ventricles. The main issue with any form of atrial tachycardia is that the rapid ventricular rate can result in annoying symptoms and, if fast and persistent, can eventually weaken the heart. The difference between EAT and reentry is one of mechanism. (ie how the electrical impulse is conducted). Incessant EAT requires treatment. Read more

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Have ectopic atrial tachycardia. Is it someting u are born with or can it develope over time? If the latter what can cause it? Came after extreme stress

Happens: If it is truly ectopic atrial tachycardia as opposed to reentry tachycardia, it IS something that just happens over time and is usually due to extreme stress and/or cardiac stimulants such as nicotine/caffeine/asthma meds/amphetamines. A betablocker often will help. Reentry tachy requires that you're born with the predisposition, & can be treated with meds or ablation. Read more

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Can ectopic atrial tachycardia develope into other arhytmias? If so how? Where can I read more detailed information about the heart and EAT?

?: I know we've spoken before: I still question your DX of EAT. Here's a reference: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/898784-overview. The rhythm doesn't generally degenerate into any more serious rhythm disturbance but does require treatment if persistent. Have you had an electrophysiologic consultation? Read more

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My ectopic atrial tachycardia first showed when becoming really stressed. How is this related? Do I have to take beta blockers even if not stressed?

My ectopic atrial tachycardia first showed when becoming really stressed. How is this related? Do I have to take beta blockers even if not stressed?

Dysautonomia - MVP: You may have dysautonomia which is associated with mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but both cause patients anxiety about their symptoms. Read dr. Richard hoffman's book on mvp on amazon. Com. Increase fluid and salt intake, try magnesium supplements. Ultra low dose beta blockers can be initiated and then up-titrated to control symptoms Read more

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Does reentry tachycardia and ectopic atrial tachycardia look the same way? I was connected to telepathy for 5 days in hospital and doc said I had EAT

Yes: Depending on the rate, a reentry tachycardia usually has no visible p waves on telemetry or EKG whereas an ectopic atrial tachycardia often will have a visible p wave, but not always. They can be hard to distinguish on external (non intracardiac) tracings. Read more

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Can anyone tell me something about ectopic atrial tachycardia? I had an ablation for avnrt, but still have breakthrough episodes and doc says this.

Ablation: You might be having recurrence of avnrt, another type of arrhythmia but first the episodes should be documented with tests like Holter, event recorder before jumping into conclusions. Read more

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The doctor said that they "think" I have ectopic atrial tachycardia. Can it actually have been interpretated wrong on the ECG or should I trust them?

ECG=not best: The ECG only provides clues to the mechanism of an atrial tachycardia. The exact mechanism can only be determined with intra-cardiac electrodes. Nonetheless, I would stick with your doctors - there are many treatment options, but they the must be tried empirically. If the problem is refractory, an electrophysiologic study can always be done down the road. Read more

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Atrial ectopic tachycardia vs atrial tachycardia? What's the difference?

Sinoatrial node.: The normal heart rate "pacemaker" center is in the sinoatrial node, a part of the right atrium. Ectopic atrial tachycardia means that the pacemaker region (the part that is setting the heart rate) is in another location, & is acting erratically. Atrial tachycardia implies that it is the sinoatrial node that is acting erratically. They are similar, but the heartbeat starts at different points. Read more

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What are symptoms associated with exercise induced atrial ectopic tachycardia? Online info says that it is a gradual decrease, not sudden when ending

What are symptoms associated with exercise induced atrial ectopic tachycardia? Online info says that it is a gradual decrease, not sudden when ending

Sx of atrial tacky: What are symptoms associated with exercise induced atrial ectopic tachycardia? Online info says that it is a gradual decrease, not sudden when ending. ANS: Depends on individual and exercise level. May be no symptoms mostly. The best online source is UpToDate. Com. I recommend only this online medical reference. Will save you time, money, worry and perhaps even your life. Not bad 4 <1$/d Read more