During pre-op testing for my father’s back surgery, the EKG showed a “bundle.” What exactly is a bundle and what does it mean for his health?
The heart's electrical activity normally starts in the heart's natural pacemaker (called the sinoatrial node), which is situated on the upper right chamber of the heart (atrium). From there the electrical impulse travels to the left upper chamber (atrium) and into the atrioventricular (AV) node. Electrical impulses travel through certain cells that are specially designed for the purpose of carrying those impulses. They carry them faster than regular heart muscle cells and are located near one another. When there are many such cells together in a bunch we call this grouping a node. From the AV node the electrical impulse travels down the bundle of His and divides into the right and left bundle branches. When the electrical impulse carrying cells are arranged in a line to carry many impulses together we call this a bundle, if it is ...
Congestive heart failure - left
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Alternative Names Angiography - right heart Normal Values See Swan-Ganz catheterization. What abnormal results mean Abnormal connections between the right and left side of the heart Abnormalities of the right atrium, such as atrial myxoma (rarely) Abnormalities of the valve on the right side of the heart Abnormal pressures or volumes Weakened pumping function of the right ventricle (this could be due to many causes)
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