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Symptoms Of Ectopic Atrial Tachycardia
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
Neither: Neither is worse, both require treatment when they cause symptoms. ...Read more
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
Monitored for 5 days and they saw something they "thought" was ectopic atrial tachycardia. Could it have been something else like reentry tachycardia?
Yes: Ectopic atrial tachycardia is unusual and hard to pin down from a monitor. It was more likely re-entry. ...Read more
My ectopic atrial tachycardia first showed when becoming really stressed. How is this related? Do I have dysautonomia?
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
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
Is reentry tachycardia and avrt the same thing? Had something the doc thought was ectopic atrial tachycardia and now I am afraid of sudden death
Same thing: AVRT is a form of reentry. (the "R" in AVRT stands for "Reentry"). ...Read more
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
My ectopic atrial tachycardia is just present while heart is under stress and hr does not exceed 170 BPM at its worst. Is that ok or is it dangerous?
Medical management: Consult a cardiologist- rates that high can be treated medically. ...Read more
If it is a small mitral valve insufficiens but with ectopic atrial tachycardia doesn't it need to be evaluated with echo stresstest or somethin else?
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
Ectopic atrial tachycardia... does this arrhythmia start and stop gradually? What if it is exertional related? Can rate vary since it is with exercise if it is the automatic mechanism type?
Usually this: Arrhythmia will have an abrupt initiation and termination rather than a gradual one. Sometimes it can be exertionally related but usually the rate is not variable. Long term monitoring should be able to differentiate the mechanism for you but if not, an Electrophysiologist should be able to help you with either invasive or non-invasive testing. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me something about ectopic atrial tachycardia? I had an ablation for avnrt, but still have breakthrough episodes and doc says this.
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
Have done echo heart, ecg, stresstest, chest xray, doc found ectopic atrial tachycardia. It doesn't xplain my pain and high pulse when eat not present?
??: If you get pain during tachycardia then treatment is to prevent that tachycardia. I will advise you to see an electrophysiologist. ...Read more
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
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
My son is 9 he has atrial ectopic tachycardia, he has been more tired than normal and he is loosing weight. Should I make him an appt. Or is it norm.
First, take him to: His pediatrician along with a good history of onset, duration, severity &frequency of specific symptoms &their impact on his daily functioning at home &school. With thorough history, physical &neurological exams, his pediatrician will be able to advise you on the next steps. These, most likely, will include re-evaluation by his pediatric cardiologist, along with any other needed evaluations. ...Read more
What is the warm up and cool down phenomenon of atrial ectopic tachycardia? How can it be detected if occurs with exertion since hr naturally does that
Yes halter monitor: Or event monitor, see cardiologist, you wear it when exersizing and it shows up, atrial is top of heart ectopic is abnormal spot, tachycardia is fast heart rate, happens at randon ...Read more
How do you tell apart an automatic atrial ectopic tachycardia with exercise from innapropriate sinus tachycardia?
Atrial tachycardia: Need a cardiac eletrophysiologic study.Get a more detailed answer ›
14 day loop results states tachycardia up to 140, bradycardia 42 bpm, ventricular ectopic complexes, supra ventricular ectopic complexes and an atrial couplet. Should I be worried?
Arrhythmias: You should be talking to your doctor about the situation to get more information. The rhythms alone don't necessarily imply something 'bad'. On the other hand if you were entirely normal they wouldn't be there. The rest of your condition is what tells you whether you should be worried. Your doctor is best positioned to answer that question. ...Read more
What is the presentation of intermittent atrial ectopic tachycardia? Can the rate be variable and can it be gradual increase and decrease? Feel pounding, lightheadedness, fatigue but it isn't sudden and it is with exertion
Atrial ectopic: Tachycardia does not usually present with gradual increase and decrease. It is more usually a sudden onset and termination. Rates are usually regulated not variable. Pounding and lightheadedness can be associated symptoms. Not usually associated with exertion. You need to see a health care provider for evaluation and long term monitoring. ...Read more
I have atrial ectopic tachycardia. I'm an athlete. Episodes during exercise. Heart rate will go to 150-55 within 10 seconds of workout and get up to 200-215 as time goes on and I keep exercising. Am I supposed to stop? By 25 minutes in, avg hr195 fatigue
Consult local doc: An interventional specialist can freeze the ectopic site & end the problem through a catheter. The procedure is usually available in larger metro areas in conjunction with cardiology practice groups. The runs of rapid heart rate & fatigue might be amenable to medication but this would just "manage" the process. ...Read more
Many tests ordered by cardiologist. He found "atrial tachycardia" on 48 hr holter during symptoms. All other tests good. What does this really mean?
Abn heart rhythm: Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia is an abnormal heart rhythm propagated by a variety of mechanisms. The HR typically is 170-240 but exceptions occur. It usually causes palpitations and, if prolonged, may cause shortness of breath and/or dizziness. The albuterol you take can precipitate it. It can occur in otherwise normal hearts. Meds or ablation can prevent it. ...Read more
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