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what poisonous metals can cause angina or heart failure?

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Dr. Raghotham Patlola
Cardiology 18 years experience
Mercury: Mercury and lead - are known to cause significant damage to the heart muscle.
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Controversial: Controversial data on lead and mercury. Few jama articles in early 2000.

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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 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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A 32-year-old male asked:

Hi doc, I was a smoker, I feel my heart beat run fast after I smoke & it feel so strong goes to the brain. What is happening?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Smoking: Smoking is one of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, if you have other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, your risk of heart disease and stroke is even higher, i would suggest you see your doctor for evaluation.

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