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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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" ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Parsley tea? Is it safe for someone with coronary artery disease, heart attacks (2), and on warfarin and Plavix (clopidogrel) treatments? I have a valve replacement

Parsley tea? Is it safe for someone with coronary artery disease, heart attacks (2), and on warfarin and Plavix (clopidogrel) treatments? I have a valve replacement

Probably, but:: Medscape interactions database states: "parsley increases effects of warfarin by pharmacodynamic synergism. Minor or non-significant interaction. Theoretical interaction." Based on this I would recommend safe but suggest limiting perhaps to 1 cup a day. No interaction with Plavix (clopidogrel) reported. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Not for 100% blocks: Although chelation therapy is very effective for improving blood flow, it will not "unclog" a completely blocked artery. However, atherosclerosis does not effect single arteries. It is a systemic problem. Therefore, for those with complete or near-complete blockages, I recommend stents or bypass, followed by chelation to improve blood-flow throughout the body and prevent progression. ...Read more

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A basketball player has severe knee pain while playing and for around a week after. Previous doctor mentioned calcium deposits in the knee. Treatment?

A basketball player has severe knee pain while playing and for around a week after. Previous doctor mentioned calcium deposits in the knee. Treatment?

? CPPD?: If there is no pain except with strenuous activity such as basketball quadriceps strengthening may help. The most important step is to get an accurate diagnosis. If the "calcium deposits" are Calcium pyro phosphate deposition disease thre are specific treatments depending upon your symptoms. I would recommend you see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Since I'm allergic to so many medications, looking for safe natural way to open celiac artery. Calcium deposits. Condition found in cat scan when l1F?

Since I'm allergic to so many medications, looking for safe natural way to open celiac artery. Calcium deposits. Condition found in cat scan when l1F?

Celiac artery Ca2+: Before you try anything you should talk with your doc about what really needs to be done. If your artery needed opening I am sure they would have recommended something specific. If this is part of a more generalized process you may need a medication for that. Multiple "allergies" can be a problem. ...Read more

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My CT angio done on 11.09.2013, shows calcium deposits in arteries & other blockages. They want to drill hole in calcium deposit to place stents. I want to know if drilling hole in calcium is safe.

My CT angio done on 11.09.2013, shows calcium deposits in arteries & other blockages. They want to drill hole in calcium deposit to place stents. I want to know if drilling hole in calcium is safe.

Have your cardiology: Done a nuclear stress test or cardiac catheterization? Do you have any chest pain or symptoms of angina? Don't understand the drilling hole but I think you are talking about a percutaneous coronay intervention follow by stent placement. High calcium deposit make pci sometimes difficult. Are you talking about open heart surgery? ...Read more

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Should I worry if my ultrasound showed calcium deposit on my unborn baby's heart and I'm 38 years old?

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 more

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Does a high calcium deposit score mean that you have heart disease?

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 more

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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

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

Need an MFM: The calcium deposit can be found in lots of normal pregnancies, it just is a clue that will tell your sonographer to pay extra attention. Extra fluid on the brain can be more worrisome and warrants consultation with a specialist called a perinatologist or MFM. ...Read more

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Stress really cause heart disease? I understand stress causing MI in person with underlying disease. But how can mood cause fat to deposit in arteries?

Stress really cause heart disease? I understand stress causing MI in person with underlying disease. But how can mood cause fat to deposit in arteries?

See below: Stress can affect your mood which can influence your immune and endocrine systems. Negative emotions can increase cytokines and other pro-inflammatory agents making blood vessels more susceptible to disease caused by cholesterol deposits and other substances. Poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise can worsen the problem. ...Read more

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What would you say is the very best natural cure once you have an onset clogging in your heart arteries?

What would you say is the very best natural cure once you have an onset clogging in your heart arteries?

Be Careful: I won't recommend any herbs for your case. In this case follow conventional medicine. Stop smoking, eat healthy, cardiac rehab exercise program, loose weight, Aspirin low dose, statins to keep LDL less than 100 or if diabetic/cad less than 70, BP less than 130/80, diabetes control. You may include fish oil, vit c and e. I will be cautious using any other herbs without cardiology authorization. ...Read more