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what is the definition or description of: rapid beating of upper heart chambers?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 21 years experience
Rapid Heart Beat: A Heart beat (pulse) over 100 beats per minute. The medical term is tachycardia. There are several reasons for a tachycardia. The most common is a sinus tachycardia which is usually a normal response to physical, emotional or metabolic exertion or illness. Other reasons are for rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, and others.

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How big will my heart enlarge?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not sure: Your heart will grow as long as your body growths through the puberty and then will stop. Its size is roughly that of your fist. However, there are health conditions that will cause your heart to expand, but that's nothing to take loosely. It weakens your heart and predisposes you to complications. The larger the worse and it some point it will give just as a stretched gum gives when overstretched.
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What tests do you need to have in order to see how well your heart is functioning?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
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Heart function: The two most common tests used to assess heart function are an echocardiogram and a treadmill stress test.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

If you knew someone who needed a new heart, could you give it to them willingly even if you're not sick?

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Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 35 years experience
No: Only a person who has been declared "brain dead" can give away their heart. There are no living donor heart transplants.
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Why are nuts good for my heart?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not all are: Some nuts are beneficial (e.g. Walnuts & almonds) while others are not (e.g. Macadamia). There many on line nutritional resources that can provide a wealth of information on this.
A 41-year-old member asked:

If I have a small vsd, can I still be a heart donor?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Probably: Hope it never comes to that! however small vsds generally cause few symptoms...Every case is different. Good question for a heart transplant specialist.

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