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can you tell me the medical definition of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy ?

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Dr. Timothy Byrnes
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Defined.: Most often the portion of the heart between the right and left ventricles (septum) is thickened. This narrows the region below the aortic valve and causes a portion of mitral valve to be sucked into this area during ventricular ejection (emptying). As a result there is narrowing of outflow leading to obsruction.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Obstructing heart : Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with obstruction is a condition of excess thickness of the left ventricle with overgrown muscle causing obstruction of blood flow out of the heart.

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How do I know when my child needs medical attention for gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Fever, dehydration: If your child has a high fever or blood in the stool or if he is vomiting enough or having enough diarrhea that he has a dry mouth, no tears and is very listless, he needs medical attention. If he is less than 2 months old, you need to at least talk to a doctor and might need to have him seen.
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When should I seek medical care for my baby's sleeping difficulties?

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Baby wakes unhappy: There are several published guidelines stating a baby or child needs a certain number of hours of sleep each night for a certain age. If your infant or child is getting less than this, but wakes happy and playful each morning, do not be concerned. However, if child is fretful, grumpy, falling behind in school, or inattentive, then please bring it too the attention of your healthcare provider.
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Is there any safe medical treatment for heartburn during pregnancy?

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Dr. Robert Benner
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Yes: Antacids are the first line of therapy, and provide relief in about 50% of women. Unfortunately that leaves half of women with persistent symptoms. Drugs called h-2 blockers are category b, and generally regarded as safe to use. This includes drugs like Pepcid (famotidine) and tagamet. Elevating the head for sleep and being careful about eating late in the evening can reduce symptoms.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Why does medical saline use salt water instead of pure water?

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Matches body salt: Similar saline content as your blood.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

It's not really a medical question, but what sort of doctor do men go to when they turn 18 or 21?. Where do they go after their peditratrican ?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Family practitioner: I would recommend getting a good family dr. Board certified family practitioners can provide the kind of care that a young man needs.

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