Atrial premature contractions

Atrial premature contractions are not treated unless they are believed to precipitate atrial tachycardia, flutter, or fibrillation. Removing precipitating factors, including drugs such as caffeine and theophylline as well as metabolic abnormalities, may decrease atrial premature contractions. Congestive heart failure and infection may also precipitate atrial premature contractions that will resolve as the patient's condition improves. Occasionally, digitalis may be helpful, particularly if congestive heart failure is a factor. However, the most effective medication is an antiarrhythmic class IA drug such as quinidine or procainamide.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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