A 35-year-old female asked:
what kind of heart problems may explain a slight bp elevation followed by a 40mmhg crash at peak hr (>90% mhr) to below baseline level on treadmill?
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Cardiology 21 years experience
Could be bad: During a stress test, a drop of BP at peak exertion signifies a high risk stress test. This may indicate multivessel coronary artery disese with the decreased blood flow to the heart muscle reducing the contracting ability of the heart, reducing the blood pressure.
Alternatively could be a fast heart rhythm problem. If the hr suddenly increases, each beat has low blood, thus reducing the bp.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?
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Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: In many normal pregnancies a heart murmur can develop as a result of the increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. The vast majority of heart murmurs are harmless but in rare cases, they may suggest a problem with the mother’s heart valves. A physician can evaluate your condition and determine the cause of a murmur and whether it is something that needs further treatment or concern.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
How can I decrease my resting heart rate below 70?
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Cardiology 22 years experience
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Can exercise clear out heart inflamation?
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Family Medicine 23 years experience
Cardio conditioning: There are many causes of cardiac inflammation--infections, drug/chemo, radiation effects, excess alcohol, rheumatologic diseases, uncontrolled diabetes etc..While exercise itself does not get rid of inflammation in the heart, it may improve heart function and general health. It can help lower cholesterol/sugar, blood pressure and thus better heart-health. Other diseases must be treated. Good luck.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
I read over exertion can lead to slight elevation of platelet due to dehydration. How come fasting for 12 hours doesn't affect platelet count result ?
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Family Medicine 13 years experience
Depends : Traditionally, fasting for bloodwork does not require you to not drink water. In fact, you're encouraged to drink water in order to maintain normal hydration while you are restricting other electrolytes and sugar which could cause aberrant values. Technically the dehydration cause by refraining from liquids may potentially be sufficient to falsely elevate both the hematocrit and the platelet count.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Heart stent question please help me find how to research it?
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Cardiology 22 years experience
Aha, acc: There are excellent on line resources fro the american heart association and american college of cardiology. Go to patient information resources section or search on "pci or percutaneous coronary intervention".
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014
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