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Calcium Deposits Around The Heart
Old infection?: This can happen after an infection. Most commonly, histoplasmosis, which can be asymptomatic. The calcifications occur after infection is gone. Old tuberculosis can have calcifications as well. The lining of the lung (pleura) can also have calcifications (plaques) from asbestos exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cyst: Could be a cyst. Surgical excision is the approach. ...Read more
Sometimes the level: of calcium in the urine or blood is so high that it precipitates and forms deposits in the kidney called nephrocalcinosis. The is related to, but not the same as kidney stones. It can be caused by several genetic syndromes, hyperparathyroidism and vitamin D toxicity, certain meds, TB, renal tubular acidosis, etc. It is usually managed by treated the underlying condition. Good wishes:) ...Read more
In atherosclerosis, is the calcium and cholesterol contained inside or is it attached to arterial cells?
Both: Cholesterol first accumulates within cells in the arterial wall, then they die off leaving a cholesterol-rich mess. Most atherosclerotic plaques contain little calcium and many contain none; anyone who tells you otherwise is mistaken or lying. The calcium is outside the cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes cholesterol deposits in the wall of the artery to rupture.Had 2 stents placed in LAD.100% blocked. 52yr.old well controlled type2 diabetic?
Many factors: The exact cause in a given individual is never known but factors known to increase the risk are: smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes (you have no control over this and better control doesn't help), and NOT taking a statin (statins stabilize plaques). High LDL and low HDL may contribute but the data is less clear. ...Read more
If you're: Referring to arterial calcifications, they can be located anywhere within the coronary arteries. ...Read more
In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen.How would this affect bp?
The Inner One: Blood vessels run from the outside of the heart to the inside, so the area that gets hit first is what we call "endocardium" - it's the layer of heart muscle on the inside of the heart chambers. That said, that's only where the damage starts. Depending on the severity of the heart attack, it can involve the entire thickness of the heart wall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Residual urine: This may occur if the urine is not completely emptied after micturation. This is called residual urine--it never leaves. The most common reasons are obstruction--an enlarged prostate, urethral stricture, or low bladder voiding pressures due to neurological or other diseases. Diabetes, for example can lead to poor bladder emptying. There may also have been prior infections or surgery. ...Read more
Can a heart attack to occur resulting from a cause other than plaque build up in the heart arteries (e.G., muscular compression of arteries)?
CALCIUM INDEXING: Cat scan.Get a more detailed answer ›
Find the cause.: If these deposits are painful, they must have been there awhile. Your first priority should be to find out why they are present in the first place. A significant underlying disease, such as scleroderma, could be causing them. Once you find the cause, you can then talk about your treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?
Not the same things: Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries can make them less flexible, but the old term "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis) is usually attributed to a decrease in flexibility of the vessel wall even without any plaque present. It is more related to the collagen/structure of the vessel wall themselves. The utility of this term is waning as medicine advances. ...Read more
What is the name of the condition in which fatty deposits form in the inner lining of the arteries? Is it atherosclerosis/arteriosclerosis or cad?
Atherosclerosis: The deposits you mention are atheromas.Get a more detailed answer ›
ECF: Echogenic cardiac focus? This is what it sounds like. Nobody knows what they are. From my reading they seem to have no impact on the child's health once born. I have always suspected that what looks like "calcium" on ultrasound is actually tough fibrous tissue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calcium Deposits: Your question is not clear. Where are these deposits located? Please provide all information to get correct answer. ...Read more
If calcium deposits have been found on heart, brain, breast. Kidneys, once low vitd/high calcium are fixed, can damage be reversed itself or with meds?
Calcium deposition : Is not reversible but "damage" is highly variable if there is any at all. ...Read more
Might: A coronary calcium scan is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease.1 this test may not tell your doctor any more about your risk for heart disease than your risk factors do. Major risk factor are: high blood pressure, diabeteshigh cholestrol, smoking, genetic facors, and obesity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should i worry if my ultrasound showed calcium deposit on my unborn baby's heart and i'm 38 years old?
Follow, but...: This needs to be followed, but i wouldn't worry. These deposits are actually found quite often as incidental findings on ultrasounds between 18-24 weeks. The vast majority of them clear on their own by birth. As pediatricians, we often get these reports of these findings on prenatal us, but the baby is just fine. At age in upper 30's though, be followed by high risk OB or maternal-fetal medicine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
25 weeks pregnant. calcium deposit on heart with extra fluid. Extra fluid in the back of the brain. Nephew has cardiomyopathy. Is something def. wrong
21 weeks pregnant, tested negative for Down syndrome, and found a calcuim deposit in baby's heart. What could it mean ? Help please.
Ask your obstetrician: Who would help you better, my take on this, is that it is not uncommon, found in about 10% of scans of normal babies, other parameters factor in as rate of growth, other appearances on the scan, your blood tests and others, please confer with your obstetrician who will be able to address your concerns better ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypercalcemia: Read this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/hypercalcemia/basics/definition/con-20031513.Get a more detailed answer ›
BP and heart rate: calcium channels are channels located in cell membranes in blood vessels and heart muscle. Blocking their activity can have a blood pressure lowering effect, and certain of the calcium channel blockers slow the heart rate as well. There are 3 broad categories of these meds represented by diltiazem, verapamil, and nifedipine. ...Read more
Balance: Limit calcium intake to 500 mg daily if also eating well. Balance calcium with magnesium, and calcium:magnesium in 1:1 or 1:2 ratio is good. I prefer 1:2 ratio. Test vit d and replete to goal serum level of 60. Also test zinc and supplement if not in upper half of reference range. Consider boron, vanadium, and strontium in small doses. Limit alcohol. Exercise as tolerated. ...Read more
Why does the calcium beta blocker not have as big an effect on my heart rate as a beta blocker? On 240mg and its barely lowering my heart rate
They are very: Different; blocking of adrenergic receptos has always been more efffective at rate control than Ca channel blockers ...Read more
Is cilindipine 5 mg a calcium channel blocker or beta blocker.
Does it have any effect on lowering heart rate?
if i take calcium channel blocker and beta blocker (one at night, one in morn) is the overall effect more? my heart rate feels very low through day
What type of CCB: Kimberlie, calcium channel blockers (CCB) come in 2 basic "flavors". The dihydropyridine mostly effect blood vessels to lower blood pressure. The non-dihyropyridine work at the heart to reduce heart rate and force of muscle contraction by the heart. Beta Blockers (BB) also have some with affect blood vessels more (Beta 2) and some which affect heart more (Beta 1). Best to talk to your doctor. ...Read more
I am post menopause. I do not take calcium, i try to get my nutrients through food. Would it be dangerous for my heart to start taking calcium supp?
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