Know the basics
What is bundle branch block?
Bundle branch block (BBB) is a condition in electrical pathways to the left or right ventricular heart rate slowed down or interrupted. Occasionally, the disease may cause the heart to pump blood through the circulatory system inefficient. There is still no specific treatment for the disease branch block. However, the cause of bundle branch block as heart disease should be treated promptly.
How common is bundle branch block?
Bundle branch block is usually diagnosed in older people, especially people with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. You can limit your ability to disease by reducing the risk factors. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of bundle branch block?
In most patients, bundle branch block does not cause any symptoms. If it is, symptoms mostly due to not pump enough blood to the heart, leading to fainting, dizziness, angina.
When should I see my doctor?
If you faint, get help from your doctor to find out the underlying cause. If you have heart disease or are diagnosed with bundle branch block, ask your doctor for regular exams. Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
Know the causes
What causes bundle branch block?
Normally, electrical impulses in heart muscle signaling to heartbeats. These impulses were to follow a line and include a set of heart muscle fibers. Including fibers group called the bundle of His, connecting with left and right ventricles. If one or both bundle branches are damaged, such as heart failure, will cause the electrical impulse is interrupted and cause heart rhythm disturbances.
The cause depends on the branch block left or right arm affected. Left bundle branch block cases are due to heart disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy. Some causes of right bundle branch block are congenital heart defects, heart attack, leaving scar tissue from heart surgery, myocarditis, pulmonary embolism.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for bundle branch block?
These risk factors increase the chance of catching bundle branch block is:
- Age is high: a common disease in older people who are middle-aged;
- Have previous patients: Patients with high blood pressure or heart disease likely to develop high branch block.
If there is no risk factor, it does not mean you cannot get sick. These signs are for reference only. You should consult a specialist doctor for more details.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is bundle branch block diagnosed?
Those infected but have no symptoms of the above does not need treatment. However, if you have heart disease indirectly causes bundle branch block, you need to treat the cause. Treatment may include medications to lower blood pressure, heart failure or angioplasty procedure using cardiac catheterization (coronary angioplasty).
If you have ever fainted and bundle branch block infected, your doctor may suggest you use methods of artificial pacemaker (Artificial pacemakers). The unit is mounted on the upper chest, with two wires connected to the right ventricle. The machine will provide electrical pulses when necessary for normal heart beat. Machine safe and reliable, but should avoid the impact or force field of ultrasound scanners in airports such protection. There is also re-synchronization therapy Heart (Cardiac resynchronization). The therapy is similar to a pacemaker artificial but will have a Tuesday rope connected to the left ventricle of the heart to keep the two synchronized cardiac activity.
How is bundle branch block treated?
For the diagnosis, the doctor will conduct an EKG to check the heart’s electrical impulses. By placing electrodes at heart, the doctor can observe the shape of electrical impulses in the heart as waves. This method could help diagnose bundle branch block as well as the branches affected.
After the discovery of the disease, your doctor will probably conduct an echocardiogram. Ultrasound uses sound waves to outline cardiac structure, the thickness of the heart muscle, and the condition of the heart valve. Also, this procedure can also help detect if you suffer from congenital heart disease.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage bundle branch block?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with bundle branch block, such as:
- If you are a smoker, give up immediately;
- Reduce cholesterol and fat in the diet;
- Keep your weight in the normal range;
- Exercise regularly but moderately;
- Control of other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes;
- Take your medicines as directed by your doctor.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017