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Are all muscle buildups in your heart due to hypertension?

Are all muscle buildups in your heart due to hypertension?

No: Thickening of the heart muscle or hypertrophy may be caused by hypertension but other causes such as a genetic disorder with congenital hypertrophic myopathy need to be excluded. The echocardiogram is the usual way to determine if your heart muscle is thickened and the degree of regression of the thickening may be used to show the effectiveness of antihypertensive therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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What are the causes of heart palpitations and can they lead to a heart attack?

What are the causes of heart palpitations and can they lead to a heart attack?

Many: Heart palpitations can be caused by structural heart disease, ischemia (occluded coronary vessels), electrolyte imbalances, drugs - pharmacologic and recreational, and many other things. Depending on what exactly the palpitations are and how severe, some can definitely lead to a heart attack. ...Read more

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Can inflammation in the body/around the heart cause palpitations? Can hypothyroidism? Fibromyalgia? Stress? EKG/cholesterol normal. Any other advice?

Can inflammation in the body/around the heart cause palpitations? Can hypothyroidism? Fibromyalgia? Stress? EKG/cholesterol normal. Any other advice?

Palpitations: All of the things you mention can be associated with palpitations. Discuss with your Doctor for suggestions pertinent to you. ...Read more

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What meds should someone with congestive heart failure due to HBP, stress, and obesity be on? No plaque buildup, but heart is enlarged and stiff.

What meds should someone with congestive heart failure due to HBP, stress, and obesity be on? No plaque buildup, but heart is enlarged and stiff.

Not that simple.: Generally expect to see a diuretic, beta blocker and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor in addition to meds to control underlying cardiac risk - meds for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, etc. Many other meds may be added - hydralazine / nitrate, digoxin for example and others may be substituted. Your cardiologist will know your case best. ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?

Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?

Not immediately: Also, mot in the near future, but it does take a toll on your entire body including cardiovascular health. It's a good reason to find a good CBT therapist and learn how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. So, don't add another cause for anxiety - instead start to correct the problem. Life will be better overall. ...Read more

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With heart failure do you always have fluid build up in the legs? Or can you have heart failure without fluid build up in the legs?

With heart failure do you always have fluid build up in the legs? Or can you have heart failure without fluid build up in the legs?

Heart failure: With heart failure leg edema is associated with right heart failure. Left heart failure is the commonest cause of right heart failure but often exists without right heart failure. The answer therefore is yes, you can have left heart failure without pedal edema. ...Read more

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What are potential causes for abnormal circulation/pressure in liver identified in a ct? The liver itself is healthy according to labs/ct/ultrasound. At times I do feel increased pressure in liver. Echo of heart came back good other than mild dilation

What are potential causes for abnormal circulation/pressure in liver identified in a ct?  The liver itself is healthy according to labs/ct/ultrasound.   At times I do feel increased pressure in liver. Echo of heart came back good other than mild dilation

Conflicting: Your ct report is conflicting. Portal hypertension, or increased pressure in the liver has multiple causes. Usually however, there are abnormalities of the liver identified such as cirrhosis, occluded hepatic veins, or portal vein occlusion. You may need to have additional studies or get clarification of the results from your doc. ...Read more

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Can imbalance and tremors in the body be psychosomatic ?All tests are normal

Can imbalance and tremors in the body be psychosomatic ?All tests are normal

Somatic Symptoms: The brain is a fascinating organ capable of self-awareness, spirituality, imagination, and the ability to learn. It is so powerful that it can take an emotional state and create real somatic or physical sensations. The butterflies in your stomach or tremor in your hand when anxious, heavy sluggish muscles when depressed are a few examples. But that same brain can be used in therapy to get better. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

Variable: These can vary tremendously from person to person. The symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema. It can be associated with abnormal heart rhythms and also with symptoms of right heart failure as well (and commonly right heart failure symptoms do co-exist). ...Read more

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I have high metabolism, low fat build up and weak muscle structure, testicular varicose... What is the real cause of all d problems.. And any advice?

I have high metabolism,  low fat build up and weak muscle structure, testicular varicose... What is the real cause of all d problems..  And any advice?

Thyroid or gonadal?: I'm guessing you've already had a thyroid blood test. Hyperthyroidism could cause all but the varicocele. The latter would seem to be unrelated to your other symptoms. If your thyroid function is normal, it might be worth having a testosterone level checked to look for a potential cause of muscle weakness. ...Read more

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If there is vasoconstriction to your arteries and veins due to consistent adrenaline like from pheochromocytoma, can that cause delayed wound healing?

If there is vasoconstriction to your arteries and veins due to consistent adrenaline like from pheochromocytoma, can that cause delayed wound healing?

Yes, I suppose: Theoretically. But pheo's are so rare that no large studies have been done, I am sure. It would only be during those periods when vasoactive chemicals were actually circulating. In people who get drugs in order to raise blood pressure from septic shock, there is probably impaired wound healing. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Hypertension (Definition)

Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure systolic over 140 and diastolic over ...Read more