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tabasco56 posted:
Is it possible for a person to have a normal ECG and no pulse ???
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi: i "Is it possible" Apparently so. b Priority-selected info provided below. Take care CardioStar* WebMD community member (8/99) - - b Be well-informed i As Applicable b Pulseless electrical activity (sinus rhythm) This is also called electromechanical dissociation (EMD). There is a near-normal ECG pattern, but no detectable pulse. There are many causes of this situation and,...... www.steinergraphics.com/surgical/005_13.1B.html b . . . b Electromechanical Dissociation (EMD) The electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) waveform tracing can be normal, or near-normal, though the heart has no muscular activity, i.e., no contractions and no cardiac output. There are no heart sounds or pulse activity. b . . . b _ . _ Pulseless Electrical Activity (older terms are electromechanical dissociation, and non-perfusing rhythm) refers to any heart rhythm observed on the electrocardiogram that should be producing a pulse, but does not. b _ . _ i Additionally, as applicable While heart and pulse rate are the same, there is an exception, in certain situations, such as an irregular heartbeat or premature beat, where a heart contraction WILL NOT force out enough blood that can be measured as a pulse. - - Health A to Z b Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/hc/men/life/alert05132004.jsp HealingWell b You and Your Doctor: It Takes Two to Tango Your medical care is a TWO WAY street...... www.healingwell.com/library/health/article.asp?author=salvucci&id=5 i Quote "Be a questioning patient. Talk to your doctor and ask questions. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!" - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society . b WebMD/WebMD message boards does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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