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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Heart Valve Disease

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What are the treatments for coronary heart disease?

What are the treatments for coronary heart disease?

Numerous: Treatment depends on the extent of the problem. Exercise and a low cholesterol diet may have a role in prevention of cad. If CAD is present, low dose Aspirin (81 mg daily) can reduce risk of heart attack 50%. Cholesterol meds (statins) also lower risk 20-30%. If it is symptomatic (angina) medicines such as nitroglycerin, beta-blockers, and sometimes calcium channel blockers can be used. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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What are success rates of ross procedures for aortic valve?is it suitable for mitral valve also?

What are success rates of ross procedures for aortic valve?is it suitable for mitral valve also?

Good for aorta: overall the success rate with the Ross proceedure is approaching 99% and long term results have been excellant, with more than 80% of the patients alive after 20 yrs and fewer than 15 % needing furter proccedures-------this also depends on the skill level of the surgeon that is doing the procceedure---choose wisely--;)---- -- no data on the mitral valve with above proceedure---- good luck ;) ...Read more

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What is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease?

What is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease?

Binding heavy metals: Chelation is a hypothesis that there are heavy metals present that initiate and perpetuate certain disease states. By the use of certain compounds that bind up these heavy metals and allow the body to excrete them, the conditions can be stopped or even reversed. A large nih trial some years back concluded that chelation therapy was not effecacious in the treatment of coronary disease. ...Read more

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What are treatments for aortic valve problems?

What are treatments for aortic valve problems?

Depends: It depends on the type of aortic valve problem, insufficiency or stenosis. Both have different degress (mild, moderate, severe) and treatment is different in each category. They may have different etiologies also which will require different approaches to treatment as well. Severe forms of either malady will eventually need aortic valve replacement. ...Read more

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What are treatments for heart disease?

What are treatments for heart disease?

Depends : Depending on how severe the blockages in your arteries are, treatment may include lifestyle changes, medications, and/or medical procedures or surgery. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease a good treatement?

Is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease a good treatement?

No: Since 1982 when i became a physician, people have claimed chelation treatments for coronary artery disease were the treatment. In every single case i witnessed their demise from a coronary event. It is not an fda std. Of care procedure for coronary artery disease. In reality, it only benefits the person giving the treatment. Maybe within the next 100yrs the fda willfindnewmeds.That prevent plaque. ...Read more

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What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

Medications: The categories of medicines used are called ace inhibitors, arb's, beta blockers, diuretics, and digoxin. Other things can be done such as salt and/or fluid restriction. Control of the underlying cause of the heart failure also needs to be considered. That might require repairing a valve, removing a blockage in an artery, or treating high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments to aortic valve replacement?

None: When the aortic valve needs replaced, the aortic valve needs replaced. Mortality is high if not replaced. ...Read more

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Is radioactive medicine safe for someone with rheumatic heart disease?

Is radioactive medicine safe for someone with rheumatic heart disease?

Depends: I beileve this would depend on a few things such as the area being radiated and the risk of not getting the radioactive treatment. It is possible that not treating the illness with radioactive medicine is worse for the heart disease than the radiation exposure itself. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for renal artery stenosis?

What are some alternative treatments for renal artery stenosis?

Stent or medical.: There is no difference in outcomes when using a renal artery stent or medical therapy to treat renal artery stenosis. Therefore a person can get a stent placed by a vascular surgeon to treat the condition or a person can take multiple blood pressure medications without having to undergo surgery to treat the condition as well. ...Read more

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What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

Depends: Depends on the part of the world. In the US, the most commonly affected valves are the mitral and the aortic valve, with the mitral valve developing leakage (incompetence) and the aortic either leakage or stenosis (tightening) or both. Hypertension, and other risk factors for coronary disease can also affect the aortic valve; mitral valve degeneration however is less well understood. ...Read more

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What are treatments for heart failure?

What are treatments for heart failure?

Salt, liquid control: Then diuresis i.e. Water pills by mouth or IV then some medicines may help like ace inhibitors or arbs or IV drips like dobutamine, melrinone, or Nesiritide in severe cases. In severe selected cases, heart transplant may be an option. Note, if no fluid overload happens, using salt & fluid restriction, the overwhelming majority of these patients will stay away from hospital and it's complications. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

Usually not - cause?: Valve surgery is a long-term solution to a serious problem , usually no way to achieve similar effect/result without surgery. You can refuse consent, but you should be fully informed of the risks and expected outcomes before making any decision. There are different kinds of valve surgery depending on your condition. A complex issue you should discuss with your dr in detail. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for mitral valve disease?

What is the treatment for mitral valve disease?

Usually nothing: Mitral valve disease includes mitral valve leaking (mr) and blockage (mitral stenosis). Each has a given criteria for surgery. Usually most pts have mild to moderate disease. The pts are monitored for symptoms, arrythmias, heart failure, decreased exercise tolerance etc. Beta blockers, water pills, digoxin, anticoagulation and antiarrthmic medicine, are some time used. If severe only surgery helps. ...Read more

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How effective is heart valve repair for treating Marfan syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Are there cures for congestive heart failure?

Are there cures for congestive heart failure?

Control but no cure: Over a period of 15 years or so, various new treatments have been introduced which have led to a much improved outlook for people with heart failure. http://patient.info/health/heart-failure-leaflet ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?

Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?

Long term, no: For "critical aortic stenosis" (valve area less than .7cm2) surgery, and occasionally valvuloplasty is the only curative treatment. Prior to the critical phase of aortic stenosis, the condition is temporized with medications that support overall heart function. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are the treatments for congestive heart failure?

CHF: CHF treatment depends on the cause of the CHF. If its severe valve disease, valve surgery may be indicated. If its muscle disease then a bunch of medications are used, if its too much heart muscle and abnormal relaxation rather than contraction, then other steps are used, you have to have a cause to treat and then use what works with that kind of CHF ...Read more

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Is Mitral Valvuloplasty effective than surgery for treating mitral valve stenosis due to rheumatic heart disease?will size decrease again after ?

Can be: Balloon mitral valvuloplasty can be an effective treatment for rheumatic mitral stenosis. Several parameters are first assessed including degree of calcification and immobility of the valve leaflets, degree of mitral regurgitation (leakiness), etc. A thoughtful cardiologist can guide you through that algorithm to determine if this may be the correct choice. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Valvular Heart Diseases (Definition)

Any structural abnormality causing dysfunction of one or more of the valves in the heart. This may produce an obstruction to blood flow, a leakage of blood back across the valve or a combination of both. These issues can often be managed medically for a time but may eventually require repair or replacement ...Read more