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Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia (PAT): Irregular Heart Beats

Dr. Larry Weinrauch Health Pro January 22, 2007
  • What we call normal rhythm is stimulated by a group of cells in the upper chamber of our heart called the atrium. This group of cells is in an area of the atrium called the sinus node and functions as a "natural pacemaker" stimulating the atria and then the ventricles of our heart to contract.In ...

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  • Anonymous
    mls
    Dec. 28, 2011

    Plunging your face into a bowl filled with ice water and holding it there for as long as possible will usually stop an episode, also. I speak from experience! Emergency room doctor had me do this and it was the only thing that worked after a couple hours of trying just about everything else including drugs by injection. If this had not worked I was going to...

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    Plunging your face into a bowl filled with ice water and holding it there for as long as possible will usually stop an episode, also. I speak from experience! Emergency room doctor had me do this and it was the only thing that worked after a couple hours of trying just about everything else including drugs by injection. If this had not worked I was going to be admitted to the cardiac unit. Thank goodness it worked!!

  • Anonymous
    Cali
    Jan. 04, 2008

    First PAT attack 17 years ago when 26, and another about a year later (undiagnosed - HMO GP refused ER cardiology referral because I was "young and female." Saw outside cardiologist, she diagnosed PAT, prescribed Atenolol, worked like magic). Since: few, small episodes controlled by dosages.

     

    10/06, ER visit showed gallstones (lost benefits, no...

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    First PAT attack 17 years ago when 26, and another about a year later (undiagnosed - HMO GP refused ER cardiology referral because I was "young and female." Saw outside cardiologist, she diagnosed PAT, prescribed Atenolol, worked like magic). Since: few, small episodes controlled by dosages.

     

    10/06, ER visit showed gallstones (lost benefits, no surgery). Changed diet, weightloss, exercising.

     

    12/13/07, major PAT attack. Worst: discomfort to unbearable pain, breathing labored to involuntary gasps for air, etc. (Interestingly, each was precipitated by a dive into pool).

     

    Suspect gallstones are behind 12/07 PAT attack. How in the world do gallstones affect PAT? What happens physiologically between the two?

    Thanks.