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Re: EKG results

Re: EKG results

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Posted by Ken on September 24, 2000 at 23:08:50:

In Reply to: EKG results posted by Mariah on September 24, 2000 at 10:31:36:

: Hi
: I am 29, healthy and I recently quit smoking.
: I exercise a lot, recently I wore a 24 hour heart monitor which revealed. Sinus Bradycardia,
: rare sinus tachycardia, rare PVC'S and rare PAC's
: They referred my to a cardialogist. What does all of this mean? They told me not to run until I see the cardialogist. HELP I"M A NERVOUS WRECK!!

I do not have this condition, but based on my knowledge I have gained and received in my heart support work where I associate with heart surgeons, cardiologists and other medical professionals in the area of heart disease, I can tell you the following:

Sinus Bradycardia is a persistently slow heartbeat.

You occasionally have Sinus Tachycardia - rapid heartbeat, PVC's -premature ventricular contractions (the ventricules are the lower chambers of our heart) and PAC's - premature atrial contractions (the atria are the upper chambers of the heart).

The reason they told you not to run is that with a slow heartbeat, your heart probably cannot pump fast enough to furnish the extra needed blood supply your muscles may need due to the running.

The cardiologist may recommend a permanent artificial pacemaker. This is a very small device that is implanted underneath the skin. If you have periods of rapid heartbeats, a drug (pill) named a beta blocker may be prescribed. The cardiologist can determine what is best for you to lead a normal life.

If you would like more information on the terms given or what I have said, I recommend you visit the web site of The American Heart Assn. at http://www.americanheart.org. Use their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide and look up the terms used.

Ken





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