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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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I have been to the ER for a rapid heartbeat. Sometimes it's diagnosed as sinus tachycardia and sometimes atrial fibrillation. I have tried cardyzeme and metopral without much success. What happens if i don't seek treatment next time?

I have been to the ER for a rapid heartbeat. Sometimes it's diagnosed as sinus tachycardia and sometimes atrial fibrillation. I have tried cardyzeme and metopral without much success. What happens if i don't seek treatment next time?

I : I agree with dr. Guyton's excellent and thorough answer and would like to emphasize that with atrial fibrillation there are two main issues: 1) heart rate - a fast heart rate is typically what most people present with, and typically can be managed with medications to control heart rate such as the two you described, although there are others. Sustained high heart rates are not good for the heart, but as long as you are not having chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or loss of consciousness then you can call your physician before rushing to the er. 2) stroke - afib presents a very real increase risk of stroke if not properly treated. For this reason, an accurate diagnosis is a must, and if it is indeed afib the you should discuss with your physician whether you are high enough risk to require blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) or pradaxa. This is a long term risk so can be discussed in the outpatient setting with your docotor or a cardiologist. ...Read more

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How can I treat paroxysmal atrial tachycardia?

How can I treat paroxysmal atrial tachycardia?

PAT : Go see a dr. Or a cardiologist to get pat treated. There are many options but without skilled medical help you won't be able to treat it. ...Read more

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What is "intraoperative mapping atrial tachycardia"?

What is "intraoperative mapping atrial tachycardia"?

EP procedure: This is generally done in a cath lab using wires similar or pacemaker electrodes. They are inserted through blood vessels in the leg, and place into the heart. There they "read" electrical activity to determine where the abnormal conduction is taking place. Then the offending circuit can be severed using radio-frequency ablation. ...Read more

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Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia: what are the symptoms?

Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia: what are the symptoms?

PAT: Pat symptoms are the same as any tachycardia. Palpitations, heart rushing, lightheaded, short of breath, chest pain possible, pounding sensation in chest and perhaps other sensations by individual. ...Read more

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Do you need a pacemaker if you have atrial tachycardia?

Pacemaker: One solution for hard to treat atrial tachycardia may involve the use of a pacemaker; however, this is usually reserved for older people who can not tolerate other treatments, or they are ineffective. Medications can be tried. Catheter ablation is often a successful cure. Request a cardiac electrophysiology referral, to discuss options. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of ablation of atrial tachycardia?

What is the success rate of ablation of atrial tachycardia?

Atrial Tachy (AT): It depends on the frequency/duration of the at. Infrequent episodes - follow or treat with meds - av nodal or antiarrhythmic drugs. Frequent episodes consider ablation if meds fail. Sometimes difficult to induce at ep study and cannot ablate due to need to MAP out the arrhythmia. Success rates in the area of 70-80% if frequent and not multifocal - coming from multiple areas. Ep md. ...Read more

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How could ventricular tachycardia feel different from atrial tachycardia?

No definite rules...: Can differentiate these 2 arrhythmia types, although ventricular tachycardia generally causes more severe symptoms such as chest pain, fainting and even a cardiac arrest. Atrial tachycardia almost never causes cardiac arrest, although can be felt as palpitations with lightheadedness or difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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