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A 32-year-old member asked:

can magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term cardiac problems?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Depends on symptoms: The way to recognize mag overdose is blood work that shows increase in values. If the "overdose" caused heart rhythm problems that caused a cardiac arrest, then long term problems are possible. But if "overdose" means increase in blood level, then it is not important. Usually after Magnesium Sulfate infusion, levels in blood go up before they normalize by moving out of blood into storage in cells.

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Can drinking moderate amounts of alcohol improve coronary artery disease symptoms?

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It can reduce events: Various studies show moderate alcohol consumption, between 3 and 7 drinks per week, reduces the risk of cardiac events, including heart attack. There is little evidence about the influence on symptoms, such as angina. Binge drinking, irregular sessions greater than 4 drinks or monthly intoxication, shows increased events. These results apply to both genders, although women benefit slightly more.
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I have risk factors for coronary artery disease, is there effective preventative treatment?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Certainly: Primary and secondary prevention is available. One would want to do everything possible to prevent an issue from occuring. Once the disease is present, then secondary prevention is necessary. A healthy lifestyle is the beginning. See you pcp and get a good physical exam and risk factor assessment and counselling. Lab testing and other procedures may be necessary. Step out, step up and do it!
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Take the easy steps first: stop smoking, exercise everyday, lose weight - get to optimal weight and BMI < 28, optimize diet with nutritional counseling or with your doctor! And, if medication is prescribed, take it as instructed!
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a large genetic component to coronary vascular (artery) disease?

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Yes: Family history of coronary artery disease, especially early in life, is a strong risk factor for cad.
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How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Nodal ablation: In ablating cardiac dysrhythmias, the ablation catheters can sometimes affect the conduction to or from the atrio-venticular node (avn). This is an important regulator of heart rate and if affected the reslutant 'escape rhythm' may be too slow to accomadte normal activity; thus a pacemaker is required. In some conditions, like atrial fibrillation, the goal may be avn ablation and pacemaker implant.
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Do coronary spasms caused by stress in an extremely healthy person cause a heart attack?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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They can: They can, tho it's not a common cause of heart attack.

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