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What does a rapid irregular pulse mean after a car accident?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
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In brief: Could be serious

Depending on the transfer of energy with the car crash, it is possible to have a cardiac contusion and associated heart arrhythmia.
Okay to get evaluated; ekg and cardiac echo. With trauma the missed injury or the injury with a delay in presentation must be considered, especially if new symptoms develop.

In brief: Could be serious

Depending on the transfer of energy with the car crash, it is possible to have a cardiac contusion and associated heart arrhythmia.
Okay to get evaluated; ekg and cardiac echo. With trauma the missed injury or the injury with a delay in presentation must be considered, especially if new symptoms develop.
Dr. Tracy Berg
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Irregular heartbeat

If the heartbeat is irregular and not just fast, it is either what/s referred to as atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia.
It's not unusual to have a rapid heartbeat after an accident as your body has a huge catecholamine output. It can be irregular for the same reason, but it should resolve. If the blood pressure is affected, it may require medical intervention.

In brief: Irregular heartbeat

If the heartbeat is irregular and not just fast, it is either what/s referred to as atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia.
It's not unusual to have a rapid heartbeat after an accident as your body has a huge catecholamine output. It can be irregular for the same reason, but it should resolve. If the blood pressure is affected, it may require medical intervention.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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