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A 39-year-old member asked:

how could mitral stenosis be complicated by pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Can't fix it: The two conditions are separate but both lead to similar symptoms. So fixing the mitral valve might not resolve the symptoms as anticipated. Fixing the valve is also made riskier by the lung problem. So one complicates the other.
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Pulmonary HTN: Mitral stenosis makes it difficult for blood to return from the lungs to the left heart. This in turn raises the pressure in the pulmonary circulation, which causes pulmonary hypertension. Over time, this may cause scarring in the lungs, although typically it results in right heart failure instead.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
No direct effect.: Pulmonary embolism (pe) is a potentially life threatening event that can occur as a result of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and DVT risk is increased by a factor of about 30 during pregnancy. Having a pe would not have a direct effect on your fetus, but fetal survival is dependent on maternal survival. Having a DVT and/or a pe will require anticoagulation, which can be done safely during pregnancy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the long-term outcomes of surgical treatment for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends: These arethe result after 8 years follow up for patients have the sugery.There were 68% excellent and good, 22% fair and 10% poor results. Back pain was relieved in 91% of the patients. Leg pain was relieved in 76% of the patients. Numbness was relieved in 87% of the patients. Five patients had re-operations.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Absolutely: Smoking is bad for heart and lungs.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can I help manage my pulmonary and pedal edema symptoms?

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Dr. Eric Trattner
Podiatry 33 years experience
Elevate & compress: The best self treatment would be to elevate your feet (above your heart) when sitting & elevate the foot of the bed while sleeping. Also compression stockings should be applied every morning before getting out of bed.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I agree with the above with the caveat this is discussed with your Internist or specialist as while attempting to remove the swelling from the foot you would not want to overload the heart or lungs.
Aug 17, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I agree with the above with the caveat you discuss this plan with your internist or specialist. The reason by attempting to remove swelling of the foot you would want to make sure you are not overloading your heart or lungs.
Aug 17, 2012
A 34-year-old member asked:

How does cocaine cause heart and respiratory failure?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Vasospasm, directly: Cocaine usually leads to problems via vasospasm and severe high blood pressure leading to death of part of the heart. Smoked Cocaine can lead to direct lung injury itself (so called crack lung) and death.

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