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Doctor insights on: Artificial Heart

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What happened to the artificial heart?

What happened to the artificial heart?

Modified and used: Artificial hearts are being used for bridge-to-transplant as well as destination therapy. The more common models now use a corkscrew propeller-type pump to provide continuous blood flow rather than pulsatile. ...Read more

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Are there additional risks to having an artificial heart over a natural heart?

Are there additional risks to having an artificial heart over a natural heart?

Blood clots can form: All artificial surfaces are more likely to cause blood to clot than the natural lining (called endothelium) of blood vessels or the heart. If a clot forms in the heart, a piece may break off + travel to the brain, causing a stroke. To prevent clotting, blood thinners are used with an artificial heart, + there is risk of bleeding. Natural is always better than artificial, if there is a choice. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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If there were no scars or external power source, could someone tell if I had an artificial heart?

If there were no scars or external power source, could someone tell if I had an artificial heart?

Probably: Many artificial heart options have a sound that can be noted by being close to the person. It also depends on the patients weight. ...Read more

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How safe are artificial heart valves?

How safe are artificial heart valves?

Analyse risk/benefit: Artificial heart valves came on the medical scene in 1961. Prior to these life savers, open heart surgeons could repair damaged heart valves. A valve repair might last 1 to 6 years. The question you need answered is... Without a heart valve how will my health be? From that point you can get the risk of implanting and maintaining your new valve. Take a friend/family with you to help decide. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What are the pros and cons of having an artificial heart?

Life saving only: Artificial heart is transplanted in life saving situation and is only used till you can get a matching human heart for transplantation. ...Read more

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Warfarin user refused neck surgery too dangerous need warfarin friendly pain management medicine artificial aorotic heart valve?

Warfarin user refused neck surgery too dangerous need warfarin friendly pain management medicine artificial aorotic heart valve?

Second Opinion: This is not an unusual problem. You cam be transitioned to another anti-coagulant with the help of your cardiologist prior to the operation. The surgeon can then do the surgery and you can be placed back on your coumadin (warfarin). Discuss with your cardiologist about recommendations for another surgeon. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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