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How to cure or treat Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea (PND)?

The treatment of PND, shortness of breath or labored breathing occurring when lying down sleeping, depends on its underlying cause. The cause of the PND (of which there are many possibilities) needs to be treated in order to control the PND. If you have not had a sleep study done or have not seen a physician to find the cause, you need to do so. Once the cause is determined, measures can be taken to help the PND.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of familial paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia?

What are the symptoms and what are some potential cures, if any?

It is a genetic seizure disorder, characterised by sudden movements when changing position; or being startled by loud noises and suddenly shaking one hands. Such as rising from a chair your leg will shake/spasm.

It is treated with seizure medications such as carbamazepine or phenytoin.  (+ info)

What's the difference between paroxysmal arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation?

I've done some research on both of these but they just seem the same to me. What's the difference? Which is worse? How do you treat them? Are either caused genetically?

A paroxysmal arrhythmia is just any kind of arrhythmia that comes and goes--atrial fibrillation can be paroxysmal. Atrial fibrillation is a specific arrhythmia where your atria don't contract, they just sort of quiver. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with medication, ablation, or surgery. Sometimes it requires anticoagulation as well.  (+ info)

What does EEG report "Dominance of responsive 10 to 11 cps alpha rhythm. No focal or paroxysmal changes" mean?

My bf had a EEG test. The report says "Dominance of responsive 10 to 11 cps alpha rhythm. No focal or paroxysmal changes are recorded." What does this mean?

He is probably suffering from Passive aggressive personality disorder. He has all the symptoms (I know it well).

Please help me. Thank you.

the EEG was normal  (+ info)

What are reasons for paroxysmal tachycardia?

EKG showed heart rate of 280. Can this happen without anything being wrong with the heart,if so what things could trigger this type of tachycardai?

Go to www.mayoclinic.com...and then, ask your cardiologist to explain the problem and the solutions! Good luck!  (+ info)

If the patient I'm caring for has Rapid Atrial Fibrillation and Dyspnea, why is she being prescribed heparin?

The patient I looked after today has rapid atrial fibrillation and dyspnea meaning she has a fast irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, jaundice and really rapid breathing. When listening to her lungs, you can hear crackling and squeeking. Why is heparin being prescribed?

Heparin is a blood thinner and is used to prevent clots. Because your patient has rapid AF, the heart is beating so irregular that sometimes the blood pools in certain chambers of the heart and heparin prevents that clots from forming in those areas. I would assume your patient is also on Digoxin which will slow the heart beat.  (+ info)

What can cause acute pain, incontinence, dyspnea, reddened skin area, and hypotension in a patient?

What diagnosis would this patient most likely receive?
I was given this question in nursing school, and did not recieve any further details.

Anaphylaxis does involve all of these symptoms, so I think that sounds like a good answer. Thanks.

It's really too difficult to even begin to diagnose a patient with all these symptoms without first delving further into the patients background and history.

It's best that the patient spoke to a doctor to clearly assess and explain what it could be.  (+ info)

How long does it take for a blood clot to form during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

I suspect you are wondering about anticoagulation therapy (taking Coumadin aka Warfarin). Although I am not sure anyone knows for certain, it is probably a fair guess to assume that a clot could form as quickly as blood would clot under other circumstances - 10 to 13 seconds. The primary mechanism is due to blood pooling, so the actual time is probably somewhat more than a simple prothrobin time.

With anticoagulation the amount of time before clotting is significantly extended. Study after study has demonstrated that the risk for stroke is about seven percent per year for those with AFib over age 65. With anticoagulation the risk is less than two percent per year. The clear indication is less pronounced for those under age 65, but PAF is more of a concern than straight Afib for potential stroke risk and for needing anticoagulation treatment.

I hope this helped. Good luck  (+ info)

Who knows what about Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia?

My doctor thinks I have it and I've been reading on-line, but....
Does anybody know (or can anybody help me find) anything about the frequency of 'attacks'? Other little things like that.

The occurrence of paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, also known as supra-ventricular tachycardia and paroxysmal supra-ventricular tachycardia (PSVT) like all rhythms of the heart is under the influence of nervous system control, the inherent properties of the individual heart and to some extent the external environment. Frequency therefore is generally erratic, sporadic and variable and depends on interaction of the above factors. It is likely to be more frequent with stress, anxiety or under the effect of uppers such as caffeine or nicotine. Underlying heart disease may also have an effect as may the presence of other medications being taken. Try Googgling under the above terms or the eponym PSVT. Also try Supraventricular tachycardia in Wikipedia altho its a bit technical.  (+ info)

paroxysmal atrial tachycardia while smoking marijuana; will that kill me?

Well, I smoke marijuana, and I have a heart condition called "paroxysmal atrial tachycardia". Now I'm pretty sure it increases your heart rate, but you guys/girls can find more info on it if you Google it. Also I'm aware that marijuana increases your heart rate, I just don't want to have a heart attack or get seriously injured while smoking marijuana.

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