FAQ - Tachycardia, Paroxysmal
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How worrisome is tachycardia?

I went to my doctor the other day to get checked for something else and while I was there he listened to my heart - I have a family history of heart disease, my dad died of 2 heart attacks at 58, and I'm 51 and overweight - which I am working on, but have a ways to go. On the plus side I'm a non-smoker. He said he heard some tachycardia and has referred me for an EKG, a physical and blood work. I have a job that can be physically demanding and my daughter is worried that something will happen to me if I work too hard or get too drained out. Fortunately I have good insurance and can take care of my health and do what my doctor wants, but is there anything I should be worrying about in my day to day life?
I have a good support system between my children who love me very much and want the best for me and my longtime boyfriend who is supportive of what I need to do to be healthy. In the years he and I have been together he has never nagged me and always reminds me of how much he wants me and no one else. He just tells me that I can only make changes if I want it for myself.

Listen to your daughter. Children have a sixth sense about their parents. I speak from personal experience. Its great that you are working on your weight and don't smoke, but why don't you try something relaxing such as yoga or t'ai chi. Both these are very relaxing and teach your body and your mind to find inner peace. In additiion, try not working so much, and try not to worry about it. If you become that anxious about it, perhaps you need an anti-anxiety drug to help you cope. Make sure you have a good support network around you, esp when your not up to dealing with things. EXERCISE REGULARLY. With what I have, strong recommendation. Biggest thing is listen to your body, your mind and your daughter. Wtih a combintation like that, you can't go wrong.  (+ info)

What is good for tachycardia and irregular heart beat?

My blood pressure is always on the low side but lately, i wasn't feeling good at all. I went to the cardiologist and told me, that my heart miss some beats and that I also have tachycardia. I feel short of breath most of the time. What can help me besides exercise? The doctor couldn't give me medicine because of my low blood pressure.

Honestly, you need a new doctor. A cardiologist who turns away someone with your symptoms saying there's nothing he can prescribe isn't worth his salt. Both irregular heart beat and tachycardia are treatable despite borderline or low blood pressure. In fact, lowering the rate or correcting the irregularity often causes the B/P to come up to a more normal reading.

Just because someone has the title "doctor" doesn't mean he knows it all. Get a second opinion, and even a third if necessary.

Hope this helps, and good luck!  (+ info)

I have atrial tachycardia and was wondering if I would be able to get a cool adventurous job?

Or will I basically have a work a boring cubicle desk job for the rest of my life?
I do not constantly have atrial tachycardia. Only under certain conditions (ie lack of sleep for a few days, a lot of stress, and anxiety) combined can cause my heart to beat go over 100 beats a minute.

Well, that depends how severe your a-tach is and what its causes are? What kind of symptoms you have etc. Is your heartrate always tachy (fast like well over 100?), do you feel easily dizzy, out of breath (have symptoms due to your a-tach)?

A lot of people have symptomless aterial fibralation and never know. Aterial fibralation or its complete failure can cause tachycardia (and sometimes bradycardia - slow heart rythm). It means that something in the electrical conduction is malfunctioning at the sinuatrial node where the heart's contraction is supposed to be initiated and lower points take over (the AV node, or "bundle of his", and finally the purkinje fibers would compensate, but that would be pretty much end staduim and obviously quite severe...). Blood clotting (and therefore stroke, cardiac arrest etc.) are long term complications of that problem

If your heart rate is still able to produce a regular rhytm (in contrast to an irregular one) you should be almost fine to do most of the things others do to. Consult your physician.

If you're young, you may be able to reverse the condition depending on what the exact cause for it was in the first place. Good luck!  (+ info)

Can someone tell me what supraventricular tachycardia is?

What are the causes and treatment?

the most common type of SVT is due to an extra electrical pathway in the heart - typical heart rate during an episode is 150-180 in adults over 200 in children. Most often this is treated with medications but can also be treated with surgical ablation of this extra path  (+ info)

What would happen if your atrium goes into tachycardia?

Is that bad? Im assuming the heart would pump normal as usual just a little faster. Do you die from it?
THank you PS What is your cardiac output like? Does it increase?

cardiac output decreases with atrial tachycardia because there is not enough time between beats to fill the ventricles. It isn't a very pleasant feeling to have this so the best thing would be to see a cardiologist. there are good drugs now that can control the atrial rate. If it is regular and about 150 it can be very tiring and cause shortness of breath. If it goes too fast you certainly can loose consciousness due to lack of blood flow to the brain etc. Have it check and treated.  (+ info)

What can cause sudden high blood pressure and tachycardia?

My husbands blood pressure is suddenly (in the past 2 hours) high and his heart rate has more than doubled his normal. It's about 120 bpm Instead of his normal 55bpm. And he is having shortness of breath. He boss wont let him leave, but I think it may be something that may need to be checked out. What could cause this?

He should not be in the 120's if his resting heart rate is an athletic 55!!!

Difficulty breathing (shortness) is a condition that is always serious (especially along with the other problems).

It could be anything from as harmless as an anxiety attack, to something as serious as malignant hypertension, to cardiac problems (I doubt it would be a massive myocardial infarction, since that usually is severe and irreversable during the first hour max). But he can still have a "milder" attack or angina (a forerunner for a massive attack).

He should get checked as soon as possible, even perhaps call 911 from his workplace ;-P
His boss must be a complete imbecille to not take this serious!  (+ 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)

I have normal tachycardia and my heart sets around 170 while working out and can hit 190 when running?

What should I be careful for?

I have been ok doing this with reg mild tachycardia for awhile now.

I'm 5 8 169 pounds not fat I am bulky slightly muscular in the chest

That's fine.

Your target heart rate for exercise depends on your age and gender. So based upon how old you look in your avatar... that's all fine and good.  (+ info)

I've just been diagnosed with sinus tachycardia. I have anorexia + bulimia. Is there a connection btwn the 2?

I've had an eating disorder for 10 years, I was wondering if it has anything to do with me being diagnosed with sinus tachycardia? Thanks :)

YES. Anorexia and bulimia cause multiple organ failure, and it is worse on the heart. You should get help before it's too late. If you have been sick for ten years, that time can be fast approaching. Trust me, you don't want to have to have a heart transplant. I am waiting for a heart and it is so hard and painful waiting to live and waiting to die all at once. Is that what you want? Your heart problem is only going to get worse until you start taking care of your body. I will pray for you to get help and get well.  (+ info)

What are the risks if you do not treat Supraventricular Tachycardia?

I have previously been diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachyacardia 3 years ago, at the time I had the ablation done to stop the problem. My palpitations have started back up again and I am worried about taking any more action. I have seen a doctor and have been given Lanoxin and have not taken it. What are the risks if any involved with SVT if I choose not to have it fixed??

You risk possible heart failure. Are you ready for that?  (+ info)

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