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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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Are there alternative welding methods that can be used by people with heart pacemakers?

Are there alternative welding methods that can be used by people with heart pacemakers?

Not usualy: We really don't think of OCD as contagious in any sense. However because it can be very intense and powerful to be around someone with OCD it can seem very compelling. Sometimes people over accommodate to be supportive or agreeable. ...Read more

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Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?

Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?

Yes, many!: There are very few chemotherapy drugs that can not be used due to a heart condition. So your oncologist can easily find and use an alternative chemo drug. But you need to tell us your diagnosis, both of the Cancer type and the name of your heart condition.Then we can guide you even better. ...Read more

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Are there any analgesics that are not contraindicated with bleeding disorders?

Are there any analgesics that are not contraindicated with bleeding disorders?

Yes.: Generally the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naprosyn (naproxen) and ketorolac are relatively contraindicated in patients with bleeding disorders while Acetaminophen and opiates are not. ...Read more

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Are there any antibiotics or anti depressives that are contraindicated in pts with BBB?

Are there any antibiotics or anti depressives that are contraindicated in pts with BBB?

Bundle branch block?: A perfect question for your Dr who's treating you! Always tell each Dr about all the conditions you've had Dx'd and all the Rx's you take. This is a healthcare rule of thumb. Always! This will help them select safe drugs and to know what to watch for. ...Read more

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Are there any arrythmias in particular that are associated with right atrial enlargement?

Are there any arrythmias in particular that are associated with right atrial enlargement?

Atrial fibrillation: The only arrhythmia that I am confident about is atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib can also be seen in left atrial enlargement (LAE), & can lead to strokes or embolic complications if left untreated. That being said, not all people with RAE develop Afib, and the rate of conversion may increase as u get older. TTYD / Cardiologist about Holter monitors & other means of diagnosis. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Are there types of household mold that are normal and safe?

Are there types of household mold that are normal and safe?

Yes and No: Mold spores are found in the air most everywhere, especially in areas that are humid and warm. Some spores are very resistant to extremes of temperature and humidity so can survive in many environments. It is only when levels get high that we start to worry about the safety and health issues. Some types of mold can even be found on normal human skin. ...Read more

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Are there any dangers with teeth whitening procidures ?

Are there any dangers with teeth whitening procidures ?

Dental supervised: Dental supervised teeth bleaching is monitored by the dentist, both in the duration of time and concentration of the bleach for the desired results. Over the counter materials, while at a lower concentration of peroxide are not monitored and can result in over use. ...Read more

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Are there certain medications or supplements you recommend for hyperfocus in someone with inattentive adhd. Are there any that can make it worse?

Are there certain medications or supplements you recommend for hyperfocus in someone with inattentive adhd. Are there any that can make it worse?

Nothing: Replaces a face to face consultation with a psychiatrist to evaluate, rule out any medical conditions &/or contra-indications, diagnose and treat someone with adhd, inattentive type. To give you some advice without clinical exam would be unethical. Hope you are not too disappointed by my answer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there any charities that direct helps people with spondylolisthesis?

Are there any charities that direct helps people with spondylolisthesis?

Maybe: If you have a child with spondylolisthesis, i would recommend a look at the shriners organization. Their hospital network provides free care for orthopedic conditions. ...Read more

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Are there contraindications with pacemakers?

Are there contraindications with pacemakers?

Pacemakers: Anyone who needs a pacemaker can generally have one. The implantation procedure is quite benign and the devices are generally tolerated very well. The major problem would be if the patient had infection that likely could see the device pocket or its implant site in the heart. We'd hold off till the infection was resolved. ...Read more

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Are there certain types of food that people with OCD should avoid?

Are there certain types of food that people with OCD should avoid?

No -- can eat all: People with ocd may avoid certain foods because of their illness -- but can realistically eat any food they wish. Sometimes people with ocd have obsessive thoughts about particular foods, compulsively check any seeming irregularity/discoloration, or have eating rituals that must be followed precisely. It can take a long time to eat a meal, and there might not be much enjoyment. ...Read more

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Is there any special kind of food that children with ADHD should avoid?

Is there any special kind of food that children with ADHD should avoid?

Stimulant beverages: Any beverage with stimulants such as coffee, soda, energy drinks or tea can worsen adhd symptoms. Also the consumption of chocolate can worsen adhd symptoms & increase adverse effects from medications. Some adhd kids can absorb 2-phenylethylamine from chocolate. This is a psychoactive monoamine alkaloid that mimics the effect of Cocaine on the brain. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/206912. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to night-guards in your mouth that can deal with bruxism?

Are there any alternatives to night-guards in your mouth that can deal with bruxism?

Guards work well: Medications can help somewhat, however, guards are preferable. An nti device is especially useful. It is small and quite comfortable. It prevents your back teeth from coming together so you can't clench or grind. Ask your dentist about it. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines that people with diabetes should specifically avoid?

Are there any medicines that people with diabetes should specifically avoid?

Diabetes: Anyone with blood sugar issues may have problems from steroids. Of course, sometimes the benefit of the steroids may outweigh the risk. Work with your doctor to consider the risks and benefits of any medications before you take them. ...Read more

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Are there any special risks with the HPV vaccination?

Are there any special risks with the HPV vaccination?

Minor ones: Some people experience pain at the site, may faint, but no serious adverse effects direclty attributable to the vaccine are known. ...Read more

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Are there any herbs that help with childhood asthma?

Are there any herbs that help with childhood asthma?

Not really: None at least that have proven effective. The best way to prevent asthma attacks is to avoid any known triggers for your child's asthma. If your child is having nighttime symptoms or using their rescue inhaler (like albuterol) more than a couple times a week see your doctor. Your child may need to be on stronger medications. ...Read more

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Are there any other safe ways to close gaps without braces or invisalign?

Are there any other safe ways to close gaps without braces or invisalign?

Depends on Gap: The answer will depend on the size of the gap/gaps between your teeth. Cosmetic treatments (bonding and or veneers) can close gaps quickly, but these treatments make your teeth wider, not physically closing the gaps. Orthodontic treatment physically moves the teeth together, but takes longer w/o changing the tooth structure. ...Read more

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