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    Today my husband (diagnosed with HOCM, had alcohol septal ablation last Nov.) went for a pacer check with a new dr. The dr. put on a holter because he said my husband had a few extra heart beats. I asked is this worrisome, he said I don't think so, but I want to see how often this is occurring. As we were checking out, I saw on the encounter form - V-tach and AV block. OK, I know v-tach is not good and I am assuming AV block means some kind of heart block.

    Can anyone help clarify? Thanks, Paula

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    Re: Help clarify dr. visit

    Hi Paula,
    Here’s some information for you.


    AV block

    Ventricular Tachycardia – V-tack basically means a heart rate of over 120 beats per minute. Although not necessarily the greatest thing in the world, it can usually be controlled by medication.

    Atrioventricular block – AV block may be no more then the result of being on a calcium channel blocker or a beta blocker. The doctor certainly seems to be on top of the situation, so unless he says otherwise, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

    Hope this is of help to you.


    • #3
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      Hey Burt,

      Yes, the information was helpful. It seems like about the time I take a deep breath and sigh thinking things are smoothing out, something new crops up. I always enjoy your posts, you are very positive and I appreciate that. Thanks, Paula


      • #4
        Re: Help clarify dr. visit

        I would want to have an HCM specialist look at his. It is something that may be an issue related to the procedure -- then again it may just be his HCM.

        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
        Currently not obstructed
        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


        • #5
          Re: Help clarify dr. visit

          Hello again,

          I am wondering if anyone can explain what takes place with an ep study?



          • #6
            Re: Help clarify dr. visit


            May I suggest that you call the HCMA office on Thursday and speak with Lisa. She is an invaluable resource and can answer your questions and offer suggestions on what to do next.

            Lisa will be in the office between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you.

            Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do with what happens to you.