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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.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Everything is faster: It can even kill you. It works on the sympathetic system.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can heart problems/racing heart make it difficult to breathe?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: The heart and lungs work together and shortness of breath can result from pulmonary or cardiac or both . Please see a physician for further evaluation.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can eating milk chocolate decrease my risk for heart disease?

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Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 22 years experience
No: Dark chocolate, in moderation (1 small piece / day) appears to help lower the risk of heart and vascular disease. Milk chocolate does not have the same benefits due to the additives used to turn it into "milk" chocolate.
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 36-year-old member asked:

How much experience must I expect in a personal trainer for heart rehab?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Cardiac rehab: Ecrrcose physiologists or technicians who work in cardiac rehab have specialized training that personal trainers do not. Get enrolled in a dedicated cardiac rehab program.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What diet will prevent the progression of heart disease?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Somewhat: Diet with modification of fat intake, coupled with exercise can help slow heart disease progression. To say it can prevent it is probably stretching things. However, there is no question that regular exercise coupled with good diet habits and a physician's guidance imo can clearly improve one's cardiac disease status. I believe considerable research exists to back up that statement.

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