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Are some people more prone to getting heart attack?

Are some people more prone to getting heart attack?

Yes: Risk factors include male sex, high blood pressure, high bad cholesterol, low good cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, history of atherosclerotic vascular disease, family history of heart attacks. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Are some people more prone to getting cardiac arrhythmia?

Are some people more prone to getting cardiac arrhythmia?

Yes: There are several things that can predispose to arrythmias. The most common would be if there are blockages in the coronary arteries ( such that the heart muscle don't get enough blood flow), especially if heart muscle has been previously damaged from a heart attack . Other problems including other kinds of cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle), or disease of a heart valve, to name a few. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting slow heart rate?

Are some people more prone to getting slow heart rate?

Yes: Less than 60 is abnormal, less than 50 typically causes symptoms. Some medications also slow the heart. A serious athlete will often have a slow heart. I like to get an ekg to see what the rhythm of the heart is. Some slow heart beats are in a rhythm that is unsafe and would get worse with time. Also, the pacemaker part of the heart can be subject to aging and stop working properly. ...Read more

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Why are overweight people more prone to heart attacks?

Why are overweight people more prone to heart attacks?

Not the overweight: It is not the overweight per say that increases the risk for heart attack but the other factors like sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and may be other bad habits associated and resulted in overweight and obesity. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting wheezing?

Are some people more prone to getting wheezing?

Wheezing: Yes. In general those who smoke or are around strong chemicals and those who have asthma. In children croup also causes wheezing. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting pseudogout?

Are some people more prone to getting pseudogout?

In some cases: Pseudogout refers to a type of arthritis that causes sudden episodes of joint pain and swelling. It is due to the accumulation of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues. People can inherit a predisposition to pyrophosphate accumulation and are at higher risk for disease. Other risk factors include age, iron storage problems and parathyroid gland diease. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting gestational hypertension?

Are some people more prone to getting gestational hypertension?

Gest. Hypertension: Since people who have gestational hypertension are more likely to get essential hypertension, then any person who is destined to get hypertension are at risk. A hx of this problem in a prior pregnancy, your first pregnancy, teen pregnancy and older age pregnancy, twins, obesity, and women with diabetes are your largest risk factors for this problem. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cholera?

Are some people more prone to getting cholera?

Risk of cholera: The major vehicle for spreading cholera is contaminated water and food. Infection by person-to-person contact is uncommon. People with low gastric acidity, associated with malnutrition, are more easily infected than those with normal acidity. Cholera is endemic to, and often epidemic in, the indian subcontinent, asia, south america. Also, watch out for asymptomatic cholera carriers. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting diverticulitis?

Are some people more prone to getting diverticulitis?

Yes: One could chuck this one up to hereditary but it is more appropriately related to constipation. High pressures withing the colon on the left side may produce ballooning of the inner lining of the colon through weak points in the wall. The bubbles fill with undigestible particles and may get infected and pop a leak. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting primary pulmonary hypertension?

Are some people more prone to getting primary pulmonary hypertension?

It may be inherited: Up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) may have a genetic or heritable cause. Research studies have identified a genetic abnormality affecting bone morphogenetic protein receptor 2 (bmpr2) that appears to predispose a patient to pah. Fortunately, even if an individual inherits the abnormal gene, the likelihood of developing pah is only 1 in 5. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting laryngitis?

Are some people more prone to getting laryngitis?

Yes: Overuse of the voice, having reflux, or inhaling things that irritate the vocal cords such as marijuana, cigarettes. Some infections can cause larygitis (usually viral) and some feel rheumatoid arthritis patient can get it as well. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting peritonitis?

Are some people more prone to getting peritonitis?

Yes: Primary peritonitis is more common in malnourished people including alcoholics. Peritonitis can complicate peritoneal dialysis. Any condition weakening your intestines can also cause bowel perforation with peritonitis to follow (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease [crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis] and diverticulitis). ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting rubella?

Are some people more prone to getting rubella?

Yes: the unimmunized: All humans can get rubella (german measles). If your mother had the disease, you have some protection but only for 6 months. After that, you are on your own. The best defense is immunization which trades a very mild usually inapparent 'infection' for long term protection. Rubella is not innocuous-my sister, for example, has deafness and needed heart surgery in 1945 from rubella in utero. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cholangitis?

Are some people more prone to getting cholangitis?

Yes: Cholangitis is an infection of the common bile duct, the tube that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestines. This infection occurs more commonly in women than men. The onset is usually after age 55. Individuals who are at greater risk are those who have previously suffered from gallstones. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting rheumatic fever?

Are some people more prone to getting rheumatic fever?

Yes: Rheumatic fever is usually the result of an untreated throat infection with a streptococcus bacteria but in a patient with an underlying predisposition for the disease. Also, if you have already had the disease, you are more prone to having a recurrence. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting atypical pneumonia?

Are some people more prone to getting atypical pneumonia?

Yes: Immunocompromised individuals are at risk and certain individual in high endemic area for these kind of pneumonia otherwise the risk is stratified accross all populations. ...Read more

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Why are some hearts more vulnerable to atherosclerosis?

Why are some hearts more vulnerable to atherosclerosis?

Genetics: Simple answer...Genetics. Lifestyle maters a lot, but I have taken care of vegan triathletes that have had heart attacks. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

YES: Depends on geography (exposure to the fungus esp in San Joaquin Valley in CA, southwest AZ, and southern border of TX and NM), genetic background (African or Filipino descent) , and immunity ( immmunosuppressed people with AIDS, transplant, on chemotherapy are more prone to getting it), and exposure to dust (digging a ditch or gardening). ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more