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Dr. Richard Humes

Pediatric Cardiology
Detroit, MI
42 years experience male

Locations

Children's Hospital of Michigan

About

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Pediatric Cardiologist with interest in echocardiography

Specialties
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Pediatric Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

110 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Probably not: If you have a diagnosis of pots, the treatment is directed towards symptoms. Pots by itself isn't life threatening, but can be annoying. Lots of flui... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Yes: Depends upon how you are defining diarrhea here. The temp is normal. Sweating may or may not be ok. A runny nose usually isn't anything serious. If sh... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No: I'm not entirely sure what a caffeine 'overdose' means here. Lots of coffee shouldn't do it. Real overdose with energy drinks or something like that a... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Need more info: A bowel movement does have some effect on the heart. Usually a large bowel movement can actually cause the heart to slow. However, if it is painful t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Not mitochrondrial: Congenital heart defects do not generaly effect mitochodria.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
CHD: Congenital means you are born with it, and is usually a structural defect inside the heart. Coronary disease is a 'clogging' of the coronary arteries ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Possibly: Some patients with rf will also experience pericarditis. It is not a terribly frequent finding.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Risk calculator: Risk is low at your age. Suggest going to the american heart association website using their risk calulator my life check. http://mylifecheck.heart.or... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Yes: In an otherwise uncomplicated pregnancy, this should not be a problem. Certainly gets harder in the later stages and things like incompetant cervix mi... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Best answer is no: Initially some anecdotal reports suggested that closing a pfo resulted in a decrease in migraine in some patients. However, in a controlled study, no ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Get the right test: Generally speaking, getting an echo for palpitations is kind of useless over-testing which does not address the symptom. Palpitations suggest a rhythm... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Multiple: Syncope (fainting) is a relatively common occurence, particularly in teens and pre-teens. Ultimately it is due to low blood pressure to the brain, but... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No: Why would you want to? Avoid this practice.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Mostly none: Most pleurisy is probably viral and therefore unaffected by antibiotics. Some pleurisy is inflammatory for other reasons and again likely not to be ch... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Absolutely: The whole bottle at once? Sounds like you are trying to hurt yourself. Get help. Don't do it.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Regretfully no: I would love to say yes, because no one should smoke. It is a vile habit with many health risks. But it doesn't directly do anything to an ASD or the ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Yes: An echocardiogram which is negative does not 'rule out' endocarditis. It just means that whatever is there isn't seen on echo. You have too many other... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No answer: There is no specific "drug abuse related arrhythmia". More details are needed to answer this question. Sounds like a specific diagnosis is needed.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Not needed: Leave it alone. The cures you mention sound worse than the issue. If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, you should be seeing a specialist familiar ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Common: Chest pain is a common symptom in teens. It is rarely heart related. I am a little worries about why you are on all of the pain killers. See a doctor ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Need more: A more detailed study of the babies heart may be required to answer this question. The cause of the enlargement, if true, needs to be determined to a... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Index of suspician: First the symptoms need to fit to even suspect endocarditis. It is not a completely simple thing to diagnose and an er is probably not the best place ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No: Old wives tale. Don't 'do it' before the big match. 'sex saps your strength.' all a bunch of baloney. Some studies sggest that it might relax you and ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No: I assume we are speaking of an infant and one with congenital heart disease or you wouldn't be asking the question. But no. In this instance there is ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Electrical problem: This is a genetic disease for which there are several well defined gene defects and different types. Long qt seen on the electrocardiogram can result... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately hcm can lead to sudden death. The heart usually beats well. Most patients should be on some medication, most frequently a beta-blocker, ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Wording is strange: I guess you are questioning the word 'satisfactory' in this instance. Folks with that repair often have mitral regurgitation (mr) because the mitral v... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Seek help now: Please go see your obstetrician immediatly. Like right now. This is a potential sign of eclampsia and that is very bad.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Old wives tale: Vinegar does nothing for this. The brand ot type doesn't matter either.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Not necessarily: Seems to be a bit of an obsession about endocarditis. Lots of reaons for a fever. If it persists, get it checked.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Shouldn't need: As you describe it, there should not be a need for surgery. If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, surgery is done to relieve symptoms.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Rare with CHD: I assume that you are speaking of chrom 15 duplication syndrome, a very rare problem. Most of the known problems are developmental delay and seizures.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Hard to answer: There are many different typesof congenital heart disease. Each type cannot be directly compared to others because the answer will be different. Many ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Requires evaluation: This is a rare defect with a rare presentation and timing of surgery. The answer to the question would require an evaluation by someone familiar with ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Depends on the meds: Give a little more detail of the meds for a better answer. Some medicines are not and some are effected by alcohol.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No: There is no pain associated with a patent foramen ovale.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Probably not: Most boys are almost done growing by age 16. The amount of height that most gain after that is usually small. So, while smoking of any kind is probabl... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No simple answer: A simple answer would be to say that Nasonex (mometasone) is a pretty benign drug in most instances - and that would be true. However, you describe a ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Probably not: If the diagnosis is correct, all forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aren't curable in the sense that it will just get better and go away. However, a... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Unusual: Very unusual finding. Frankly i would question the heart rate monitor accuracy. You weren't walking terribly fast, but i still would have expected a h... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Probably no help: It is not very likely, at your present age, that you will grow much more. However, the simplest way to evaluate this is to evaluate your 'bone age' wh... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Normal: These numbers are completely normal. I presume that his heart was also a bit enlarged, or someone suspected that. But the numbers you relate are all n... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Unrelated: You should always be careful about your social habits and never smoke. Why do you even care about your health if you consider smoking? But honestl... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
None: There is no prevention for congenital heart disease that is known in otherwise normal and healthy folks.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Caution: The answer depends on how you want to use apple cider vinegar. If you use it as a salad dressing, you should be fine. But taken as a daily medical tre... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Embolic: Hemorrhagic strokes are due to bleeding in the head, not typical of endocarditis. Endocarditis is more likely to produce and embolic stroke when a pie... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
More detail: There is not much "inoperable" as. However, the patients overall frail condition, such as in the very elderly with other health problems, or perhaps ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
No: This must be addressed with open heart surgery.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Septal defects: Fetal alcohol syndrome does result in an increased incidence of heart disease, particularly septal defects such as vsd. It takes a pretty fair amount ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Ask Neurologist: This is a complex situation. The vsd should not play a role in the brain or seizure issues. I would assume that the child is on anti-seizure medicatio... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Humes is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Humes is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! i drank lots fluids with salt, BP came up to 117/52 feel much better!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! They've tried virtually all possible treatment.Now using Kineret inj.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I'd assume so. Never coughed it up and I definitely inhaled it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Michigan

Awards

Top Pediatric Cardiologist, Second Place, National - Summer
2013
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