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A 40-year-old member asked:

can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
Possibly: In a damaged heart , vagal stimulation will decrease the heart rate and atrial contractility thus decreasing ventricular filling .This effect can produce cardiac arrest in in circumstances of coronary artery disease or low ef cardiomyopathy.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
A first: I am not aware of any reports of this happening, and a quick search of the literature turned up nothing.

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Can urinary incontinence be caused by decreased (improper) nerve function of the sacral nerve supply?

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Dr. Denise Elser
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Yes: The nerve centers in the sacrum are very important for bladder function. One of the most important centers is at s3. Loss of s3 function can cause urge incontinence, bladder spasms, urinary retention or stress incontinence.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do "the shakes" indicate nerve damage?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
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Not typically: Tremor is typically unrelated to the nerves in your arms, legs, and spinal cord. Areas deep in the brain control your coordination, smoothing muscle contractions. Tremor can be inherited, or related to degeneration of coordination centers in the brain. It can also be triggered by caffeine, tobacco, & other stimulants. A neurologist can often distinguish the type by examining you.
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Are there any herbal supplements that can be ingested to treat coronary artery disease?

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Herbs and CM: There are no clinical studies in reputable journals that support the use of herbal supplements to treat coronary artery disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I eat a more balanced diet, could I possibly prevent a future heart attack?

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Dr. George Valdez
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Yes: There are many factors involved with heart health. Diet makes a big difference, but talk with your doctor about other things you can do.
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A 27-year-old female asked:

I have sternal chest pain and cxr showed increased lung markings in the base of my lungs. I was sent home to folliw up. Is this serious? Cardiac labs were normal.

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Probably not: I presume you we're seen in er. Increased lung markings at the base of lung is probably nothing. I think you should be worried. Anyway you will be going to your doctor, he will be in a better position to help you.

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