In some dogs, atrial standstill is not a life-threatening condition and no hospitalization is required. However, in others it may be serious enough to require immediate intensive care. Such animals typically have an abnormally high blood potassium level or are suffering from severe dehydration. In these cases, intravenous fluid therapy is used to stabilize the animal. If the dog's heart rhythm cannot be rectified by ordinary means, a pacemaker may be surgically implanted into the chest or abdomen. This small medical device helps control the abnormal heart atria activity.
The prognosis of the dog depends on the underlying disease causing the heart rhythym disturbance. If it is corrected quickly and (when present) hyperkalemia is reversed, the long-term prognosis is excellent.
Your dog will require rest in a stress-free environment, away from other pets and active children, to help control the symptoms of persistent atrial standstill. Even with a pacemaker, however, the symptoms of lethargy and weakness may persist. Dogs with pacemakers also require regular follow-up exams and periodic ECGs to monitor the effectiveness of the device and the heart's rhythm.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Fainting; the respiratory and circulatory systems are suspended for a time
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A condition of the muscles in which they are diseased
Too much potassium in the blood
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
A record of the activity of the myocardium
A particularly slow beating heart.
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak