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What could cause calcium deposits around an unborn child's heart?

What could cause calcium deposits around an unborn child's heart?

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.

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium Deposits: Your question is not clear. Where are these deposits located? Please provide all information to get correct answer.

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My step-dad had a heart bypass 6 yrs ago and they say calcium deposits are building on his valve. Is this common to need a new one this soon?

CABG: A coronary bypass is not the same thing as a valve replacement. It appears your dad has a porcine artificial valve implant. These artificial valves made of tissue from a pig do not last indefinitely and needing a replacement eventually is common.

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I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.

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Is it possible to have 1 or more 80-90% blocked artery to or from heart and still have a 'normal' heart? Will stress test show blockage? Treatment?

Is it possible to have 1 or more 80-90% blocked artery to or from heart and still have a 'normal' heart? Will stress test show blockage? Treatment?

See answer below:: Stress test would show this abnormality. Next step would be cardiac catheterization. Coronary artery bypass is a potential treatment if severe. Medications like aspirin and cholesterol lowering medications are recommended in people with coronary artery disease.

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Does taking a calcium supplements increase heart disease risk? Does it damage arteries? Confused...thought Ca was good for us.

Does taking a calcium supplements increase heart disease risk? Does it damage arteries? Confused...thought Ca was good for us.

Increases risk but..: Some very large studies have recently found increased risk of heart attack in men & women & increased risk of death from heart disease in men taking calcium suups. It is thought that calcium supps can increase calcium deposits in the arteries. However, calcium helps with osteoporosis & taking vit k with calcium should prevent this problem. See <a href="http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/779420"

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Could I do to determine the degree of damage sustained to my heart and arteries and what are treatment options for second-hand exposure syndrome?

Could I do to determine the degree of damage sustained to my heart and arteries and what are treatment options for second-hand exposure syndrome?

Cardiac check-up: I believe you mean second-hand smoke exposure. This exposure is extremely important and depends on the degree to which you are exposed. Coronary artery disease and other vascular disease leading to heart attack and stroke can result from second-hand exposure to tobacco. Discuss with you doctor getting a cardiac evaluation to determine if an echo, stress test, cardiac CT, etc. Can check your risk

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Will a CT of chest....Show calcium build up in an artery? I heard of a full body CT showing that in someone, their heart. Would a CT of chest show it?

Will a CT of chest....Show calcium build up in an artery? I heard of a full body CT showing that in someone, their heart. Would a CT of chest show it?

Yes: Ct of the chest is not tailored to quantitate calcium score of the coronary arteries, but the amount of calcium seen can suggest the degree of disease. This finding usually leads to cta or heart cath if severe.

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I was recently told that I have calcium developing in my main heart artery! What does that mean and what can I do? I had weight loss surgery 2 yrs ago

I was recently told that I have calcium developing in my main heart artery! What does that mean and what can I do? I had weight loss surgery 2 yrs ago

Marker: Calcium may be a marker of blockage developing. Best plan is to be followed by cardiologist who will assess all your risk factors and suggest ways to minimize risk of allowing coronary disease to progress. Will also allow creation of testing schedule to follow for ongoing evaluation. Also recommend looking into things you can do to lower your riskd on your own as well, like not smoking

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I have pain in left artery in neck, have had problems with heart palpitations also and feeling dizzy. What is causing this & any treatment available?

I have pain in left artery in neck, have had problems with heart palpitations also and feeling dizzy. What is causing this & any treatment available?

Tough to say: Over the computer is is tough to say, but with any heart palpitations and dizziness you need to be evaluated and properly diagnosed to assure at the least that you have no abnormal heart issues causing your symptoms. Best wishes.

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Tums (calcium carbonate) (calcium) bad for heart? Confused as to whether or not calcium can build up in arteries creating long term cardiac problems.

Tums (calcium carbonate) (calcium) bad for heart? Confused as to whether or not calcium can build up in arteries creating long term cardiac problems.

Calcium: Taking calcium usually does not cause hardening of the arteries or build up of calcium in the blood vessels. This usually occurs for many other reasons including genetic predisposition, high blood fats and cholesterol and other factors. If you have a condition which results in high serum calcium levels you should not take it.

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Is a coronary calcium ct scan a good test to see of there is plaque in the heart arteries? How accurate is it? My cta was inconclusive. Heart rate fas

Is a coronary calcium ct scan a good test to see of there is plaque in the heart arteries? How accurate is it? My cta was inconclusive. Heart rate fas

Coronary Calcium: Coronary Calcium analysis is a method to detect calcified cholesterol in the coronary arteries. A score of zero is quite helpful and predictive in the correct age group. The difficulty is that in younger people, there may be noncalcified cholesterol plaques in the arteries which would not be detected on a coronary calcium screening test, so cardiac CTA or invasive angiography would be considered.

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Can a heart scan CT calcium score show the presence of soft plaque in the arteries. If not, can an CT angiogram sans catheter do the job?

Can a heart scan CT calcium score show the presence of soft plaque in the arteries. If not, can an CT angiogram sans catheter do the job?

Yes: Soft plaque does contain calcium, so it will elevate the calcium score. CTA can estimate (key word: estimate) the degree of blockage. Researchers have tried to make predictive instruments that incorporate calcium scores. Check this one out sponsored by the NIH: http://www. Mesa-nhlbi. Org/Calcium/ArterialAge. Aspx

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Are beta blockers alone effective in vasodilation around the heart or is combination therapy neccessary, i.e. ace-inhibitors, calcium blockers, etc?

Are beta blockers alone effective in vasodilation around the heart or is combination therapy neccessary, i.e. ace-inhibitors, calcium blockers, etc?

BB not vasodilators: The medicines you mention act in three different ways and depending in what you are trying to achieve they can be used separately or together for a variety of conditions, from hypertension to even heart failure (although cal antagonists not recommended for the latter). But beta blockers are not vasodilators

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Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

No, sorry...: The best approach to blocked arteries is prevention & picking your parents carefully. Failing that, aggressive lifestyle changes and judicious use of appropriate medications to achieve targets based on compelling objective clinical trials data are your next best option. If significantly blocked arteries remain, then angioplasty ± stents, or bypass surgery. Massage rx will not open blockages.

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