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Will exercise help the AV node send signals more effectively?

Want info available on my sister's diagnosis on how her AV node is not getting the message to the ventricle to make the atrium contract after the SA node fires ... a bundle branch block? The pacemaker they've just put in will automatically stimulate the ventricle to fire. My question is whether sufficient activity to cause the AV node to fire more rapidly under exercise conditions be of benefit? 

submitted by Roger from Marstons Mills, Massachusetts on 8/21/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mohammad Saeed, MD    

Mohammad Saeed, MD A variety of conditions can affect the AV node and impair its ability to conduct electrical impulses from the upper chamber (atrium) to the lower chamber (ventricle). When this condition worsens and reaches a stage where it starts impacting the ability of an individual to function properly, a pacemaker might be indicated. A pacemaker can restore the normal relationship and improve the symptoms. The AV node still retains the capacity to conduct and may do so depending upon various factors including level of activity or exercise. Exercising so that the AV node fires more rapidly does not have any proven benefits. Exercise may have other ancillary benefits and should be pursued for other reasons.

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Updated August 2013
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