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A 34-year-old member asked:

can you die from hypermobility syndrome like people die of heart valve problems with marfan's?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Hypermobility: The term "hypermobility syndrome" is usually used to refer to persons who have excessive mobility of their joints (eg., can bend their thumbs all the way back to touch their forearm, etc.) while it may be associated with increased achiness, it does not do any serious harm. Marfan's disease is a specific genetic condition which features both hypermobility and a separate heart valve abnormality.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Sleep Position: Babies who sleep on their stomach or side, have a higher risk of sids, therefore they should always sleep on their back. Pacifier use and background noise, such as a ceiling fan, have been shown to decrease the risk as well. Smokers in the home and overheating have been shown to increase the risk.
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How do I help manage my child's heart birth defect?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Variable: Some defects like small ventriculoseptal defects close all by themselves and require no intervention, others like hypoplastic left heart require transplant. Unfortunately how you manage the defect depends upon the exact nature of the disease.
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Could a pulmonary function test cause a heart attack?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
No: A simple pulmonary function test is not an exercise test requiring running or biking. It is just recording breathing volumes during normal breathing and forced expiration.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can breast implants affect how easily one can hear a heart murmur?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Highly unlikely!: I have never heard of implants impairing a physicians ability to evaluate a cardiac murmur under normal conditions.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Major life event: Heart surgery brings one to recognize one's vunerability and some react with fear and depression - can be treated with medications. Others react with a positive change in their attitude towards loved ones and life generally.

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