I was recently diagnosed with atrial bigeminy. Could you tell me what it is and a little bit about its symptoms? How do I know I need to see a doctor for an emergency? Atrial bigeminy is actually a description of a pattern of heart beats that occurrs in couplets. A regular (or sinus) beat is followed by a "premature" atrial beat. These premature beats are the result of electrical impulses sent from other parts of the atrium than the sinus node (our normal pacemaker). Such "extra" or "premature" beats cause more problems for doctors than patients. In reality, they are almost never felt unless we take our own pulse or blood pressure. For the health care worker or patient who takes a blood pressure, premature atrial beats or runs of atrial bigeminy make it difficult to get a good reading. The premature beat has a lower blood pressure as the heart hasn't had sufficient time to fill with blood. As the normal beat may have a higher pressure, the measur...
If you're having heart problems you may feel that your heart is beating irregularly, very fast, or forcefully in your chest. You may have chest pains or experience a heart attack.
Symptoms of heart problems include:
rapid or irregular heartbeat
swelling of feet and lower legs
feeling weak or dizzy
Many things can cause heart problems, including stress, being overweight, and smoking. Several breast cancer treatments may cause heart problems:
chemotherapy, especially the medicine Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some hormonal therapies:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Avoiding heart problems
If you have chest pain or trouble breathing, talk to your doctor right away. Since heart pro...
<p><strong>What Is Congestive Heart Failure?</strong></p>
<p>Congestive heart failure (CHF), also referred to as heart failure, is a serious condition marked by the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body’s oxygen demands. Heart failure can result from either a reduced ability of the heart muscle to contract or from a mechanical problem that limits the ability of the heart’s chambers to fill with blood. When weakened, the heart is unable to keep up with the demands placed upon it; blood returns to the heart faster than it can be pumped out causing back up or congestion—hence the name of the disorder. When the left side of the heart is failing, this backup results in fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema). When the right side of the heart is failing, edema affects the liver and lower extremities (swelling of the feet, ankles, and lower legs).</p>
<p>The heart compensates in a number of w...
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