My EKG shows a Bundle Branch Block. What does it mean?

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Bundle Branch Block I found this great article written by Richard N. Fogoros, M.D., Guide, November 26, 2003, that I reprint here: Causes, significance, and treatment Bundle branch block (BBB) is a relatively frequent finding on the electrocardiogram (ECG). Sometimes BBB itself needs to be treated; sometimes it indicates significant underlying cardiac disease that needs to be treated; and sometimes …

How long does a Pericardial Effusion take to go away?

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A pericardial effusion and its treatment depends on the cause.The pericardium is a thin sac that surrounds your heart and protects it within your chest cavity together with your ribcage. Normally it has a small amount of fluid that acts as a lubricant and protects your heart from rubbing against the surrounding tissues. An effusion occurs if there is more …

What type of surgery for arrhythmias can be done?

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Some people have abnormal “spots” in the heart that may be the cause of ventricular arrhythmias. Such patients can sometimes be treated by removing or destroying that area of the heart. This is a very specialized area of medicine requiring cardiologists and/or cardiac surgeons with special expertise.

What medications are used for treatment of PVCs?

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Beta-blockers (there are many of them) have been shown to cut down both on symptomatic PVC’s in some patients, as well as decrease the risk of sudden death in high-risk patients. In terms of treatment for the palpitations associated with PVC’s, they can often be quite effective but do have side effects which may require their discontinuation.