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Heart block

A heart block is a disease in the electrical system of the heart. This is opposed to coronary artery disease, which is disease of the blood vessels of the heart. While coronary artery disease can cause angina (chest pain) or myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart block can cause lightheadedness, syncope (fainting), and palpitations.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with heart block, 48% report having sharp chest pain, 46% report having shortness of breath, and 39% report having dizziness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of heart block are decreased heart rate, although you may still have heart block without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with heart block often receive electrocardiogram, radiographic imaging procedure, complete blood count, plain x-ray, glucose measurement, cardiac enzymes measurement, intravenous fluid replacement and electrolytes panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with heart block include glucosamine, ascorbic acid, glimepiride, amiodarone, atropine (uaa), felodipine, dutasteride (avodart), metolazone, sotalol, triamterene, bumetanide, chondroitin and flecainide .

Glucosamine
$14
(28 days)
Ascorbic Acid
$4
(28 days)
Glimepiride
$8
(28 days)
Amiodarone
$18
(28 days)
Atropine (Uaa)
$19
(28 days)
Felodipine
$41
(28 days)
Dutasteride (Avodart)
$97
(28 days)
Metolazone
$22
(28 days)
Sotalol
$19
(28 days)
Triamterene
$50
(28 days)
Bumetanide
$11
(28 days)
Chondroitin

Flecainide
$39
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for heart block include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.1x
30-44 years
0.3x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
2.2x
75+ years
4.9x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.4x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.3x
Other
0.6x
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