Doctor Q&A for Dr. Robert Binford

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
A lot: Another term for this is echocardiogram or echo for short. We can evaluate the heart function (how does it squeeze and how does it relax). We can se ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: It reallyd depends on the amount of leak thru the valve. An ultrasound called an echocardiogram is one way of evaluation a leaky valve. Other terms ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Probably normal: The heart lies with in the pericaridal sac. This is bag formed by a fairly strong membranous tissue. There is always a small amount of fluid in the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not exactly: Hyperkalemia means high potassium in the blood. Systole is the contraction of the heart and diastole is the relaxation of the heart. The contraction ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Ejection fraction: Ejection fraction is a method of measuring how well the heart squeezes. Normal should be around 65%. It is the percentage of blood a full heart push ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Normal is 65%: A way of defining heart function is the ejection fraction (ef). This is the percentage of blood pumped out of the heart with a heart beat. So if ful ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Need more informatio: I am sorry, but i really can't figure out what you are asking. Can you be more specific. Heart trouble can mean so many different things. Understan ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Several causes: It is hard to specifically answer this questions. There are many reasons to have reduced heart function. This can include, heart attacks, valve dise ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Variable: Stents are used to treat blockages caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). Stents don't cure the disease but treat a problem caused by the ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Very small leak: The mitral valve prevents blood from flowing backwards out of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle). When a valve leaks we call this ... Read More
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