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A 41-year-old member asked:

how effective is heart valve repair for treating marfan syndrome?

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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Effective: Cardiac surgery is effective for treating the cardiovascular effects of Marfans syndrome but need careful evaluation for proper timing of surgical intervention. Because Marfans is a degenerative tissue disease usually replacement rather than repair is indicated for long term success both in the cardiac and vascular system.
Dr. Joel Gorfinkel
Cardiac Electrophysiology 56 years experience
agree. May also need some reparative surgery of the thoracic aorta.
May 26, 2015

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How do I help manage my child's heart birth defect?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Variable: Some defects like small ventriculoseptal defects close all by themselves and require no intervention, others like hypoplastic left heart require transplant. Unfortunately how you manage the defect depends upon the exact nature of the disease.
A 53-year-old member asked:

Can abnormal heart rhythms be detected with weekly fetal monitoring?

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Yes: Weekly fetal heart monitoring is usually done for other reasons, like diabetes. Sometimes an abnormal heart rate is detected. Most of the time these are not significant.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Could a pulmonary function test cause a heart attack?

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Dr. Brian Mott
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No: A simple pulmonary function test is not an exercise test requiring running or biking. It is just recording breathing volumes during normal breathing and forced expiration.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can breast implants affect how easily one can hear a heart murmur?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Highly unlikely!: I have never heard of implants impairing a physicians ability to evaluate a cardiac murmur under normal conditions.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Major life event: Heart surgery brings one to recognize one's vunerability and some react with fear and depression - can be treated with medications. Others react with a positive change in their attitude towards loved ones and life generally.

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