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Can left bundle block be treated at home?

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There are no specific treatments for left bundle block, although prevention methods can be practiced at home, explains Mayo Clinic. The only possible treatment, performed at a hospital, is an artificial pacemaker implanted in the upper chest to regulate the heartbeat.

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Although there are no at-home treatments for left bundle block, an individual can practice some simple prevention measures such as regularly exercising and maintaining a healthy weight, states Mayo Clinic. An individual needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet with low amounts of fat and cholesterol. Smokers need to quit smoking to prevent artery blockages. It is also important to manage other health conditions that can lead to bundle blocks such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Bundle branch block occurs when electrical impulses that make the heart beat are obstructed or delayed, causing heartbeat irregularities, according to Mayo Clinic. Cardiac fibers relay electrical impulses branches to the left ventricle of the heart and the right ventricle. If these fibers get damaged, then a bundle block occurs. Although the block can occur in either the right or left bundle, most occur in the left bundle because of heart disease. Other possible reasons for left bundle block include hypertension or high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy or a weak heart, and congestive heart failure.

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