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can the four chambers of the heart contract simultaneously or at different times?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
2 + 2: The 2 atria contract simultaneously. The 2 ventricles contract simultaneously. When the atria contract, the ventricles are resting. When the ventricles contract, the atrial are resting. Get it?

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How big will my heart enlarge?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not sure: Your heart will grow as long as your body growths through the puberty and then will stop. Its size is roughly that of your fist. However, there are health conditions that will cause your heart to expand, but that's nothing to take loosely. It weakens your heart and predisposes you to complications. The larger the worse and it some point it will give just as a stretched gum gives when overstretched.
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What tests do you need to have in order to see how well your heart is functioning?

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Heart function: The two most common tests used to assess heart function are an echocardiogram and a treadmill stress test.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

If you knew someone who needed a new heart, could you give it to them willingly even if you're not sick?

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Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 35 years experience
No: Only a person who has been declared "brain dead" can give away their heart. There are no living donor heart transplants.
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Why are nuts good for my heart?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not all are: Some nuts are beneficial (e.g. Walnuts & almonds) while others are not (e.g. Macadamia). There many on line nutritional resources that can provide a wealth of information on this.
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If I have a small vsd, can I still be a heart donor?

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Probably: Hope it never comes to that! however small vsds generally cause few symptoms...Every case is different. Good question for a heart transplant specialist.

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