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A 40-year-old member asked:

what does it mean if the ecg showed signs of ischemia in the postural valve?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Lack of blood flow: First to clarify: there's no such thing as the "postural valve." ekgs can show signs of ischemia in certain regions of the heart muscle, which means there could be a lack of blood flow to those areas, often caused by clogged arteries.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Posterior wall?: You probably meant to say posterior wall, instead of posterior valve. But it probably means there is a blockage in the coronary artery that is feeding the posterior wall of your heart. This can be confirmed with a coronary angiogram and potentially fixed with coronary angioplasty and stent placement or else coronary bypass surgery.

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Can atrial fibrillation be found in an ekg?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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Yes: Yes , that is the way to confirm the diagnosis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between electrocardiogram and echocardiogram?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
See below: Ekg: shows the electrical activity of the heart and the heart rhythm echocardiogram: an ultrasound, shows the actual structures such as the heart muscle and the valves and with a doppler the direction and velocity of blood flow.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can the mitral valve be replaced?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Many options: Depending on pts age as well as the characteristics of the valve, there are many options. Mitral valve repair -using the pts own valve and perhapse a ring. Mv replacement-the whole valve is replaced by either a mechnical valve pig valve or a bioprosthetic. Another new technology involves catheter based options such as a clip. All types have pros and cons including possible Coumadin (warfarin) therapy.
Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Agree. Lots of options and choices. Talk to your doctor.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Your doctor can tell: Your doctor can tell by hearing a mid systolic click and late systolic murmur with his stethoscope and then an echocardiogram can confirm the diagnosis.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the most recommended remedy for mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
If needed, ß-blocker: There are no medications that will "remedy" or reverse mitral valve prolapse. There are many symptoms associated with this very common cardiac condition, most of which may be bothersome, but are usually benign. If the symptoms, e.g., chest discomfort or arrhythmia, become bothersome or interfere with quality of life, an empiric trial of a beta-blocker may be worthwhile.

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