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 ...
I have Lyme, b12 problems, right branch block, MVP, leaky valve, and headaches. I'm 37 and today I had sharp stabbing pain in the top right side of my head with pain in right eye and cheek. Also teeth and jaw had discomfort. This lasted about an hour now i'm tired and heart rate is about 82 bpm and I can feel it pounding, or it feels like it to me. I just have been feeling weird all day. What do you think might be going on? Thank you, Christy.
Even without your medical history, we wouldn't attempt to diagnose via the internet. It's simply not safe. The only person who can tell you what's going on is a doctor who can review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, and examine you - in person.
Given what you list of your medical history, you need to call your doctor as soon as you read this, if you haven't already. Although your symptoms could be some type of headach...
Left heart catheterization is the passage of a thin flexible tube (catheter) into the left side of the heart to diagnose or treat certain heart problems.
Catheterization - left heart
How the test is performed
You may be given a mild sedative before the procedure starts. The health care provider will place an IV into your arm so that you can receive medication during the procedure.
You will lie on a padded table. Your doctor will make a small surgical cut on your body, usually near the groin. Then your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) through the cut into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist. You will be awake during the procedure.
The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries. Dye will be injected into your body to highlight blood flow through the arteries. This helps the doctors see any blockages in the blood vess...
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