Why Are EKGs so Short, only Seconds?

Ever wonder how a short, eight-second EKG could tell a doctor about someone’s heart? Lance S. Burns, MD, emergency medicine specialist, of Legacy ER & Urgent Care, Frisco East location, performs many EKGs in the Read more...

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Rapid Heart Rate in Middle of Night

Here’s why you shouldn’t just brush off that rapid heart rate in the middle of the night. Experiencing a rapid heart rate in the middle of the night is frightening to some people, but a Read more...

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Can a 24 Hour Holter Monitor Miss Atrial Fibrillation?

Since atrial fibrillation isn’t guaranteed to occur in any given 24-hour period, isn’t it logical to conclude that a Holder monitor could miss it? If a doctor or you yourself suspect atrial fibrillation, and the Read more...

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Intense Exercise Lowers A-Fib Risk in Women

Women past menopause can reduce their risk of atrial fibrillation by increasing the intensity of exercise; housework and after-dinner walks are not enough. The Journal of the American Heart Association says that of the women Read more...

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Do Pacemakers Prevent Atrial Fibrillation?

To find out if it’s possible to experience an atrial fibrillation episode with a pacemaker implant, I consulted with Lawrence Kanner, MD, Director, Electrophysiology/Arrhythmia Services, South Nassau Communities Hospital. “Pacemakers do not prevent atrial fibrillation, Read more...

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Atrial Fibrillation, Elevated Troponin: How Much Heart Damage?

Can enough atrial fibrillation episodes, over time in someone with heart disease, cause cardiac damage that’s equal to a heart attack? For this article I consulted with Dr. Simon Dixon, chairman of cardiovascular medicine for Read more...

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Why Can A-Fib with Heart Disease Cause Troponin Elevation?

There’s a specific reason why an episode of atrial fibrillation in one with coronary heart disease can result in elevated troponin. Troponin is a protein enzyme that leaks from heart muscle when that muscle sustains Read more...

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Heart Damage, Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Disease

In someone with coronary artery disease, does every episode of atrial fibrillation mean damage to the heart? Damage to cardiac tissue can result from an episode of atrial fibrillation in a person with heart disease. Read more...

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Elevated Troponin Range from Atrial Fibrillation

An episode of atrial fibrillation can elevate troponin, but what would be the typical range? For this article I consulted with Dr. Simon Dixon, chairman of cardiovascular medicine for Beaumont Health System in Michigan. “Some Read more...

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Atrial Fibrillation & Elevated Troponin: Prognosis

An episode of atrial fibrillation may cause a mild elevation (“indeterminate range”) in troponin, but does this relate to a mortality or heart attack risk? “In of itself, A-Fib does not cause a rise in Read more...

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