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Can acupuncture help treat heart disease?

Can acupuncture help treat heart disease?

Only if it relaxes: No randomized controlled trial is ever shown a cardiovascular benefits of acupuncture, however if it relaxes you and thereby lowers your blood pressure, there may be some effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Rheumatic heart disease, what does this involve and how is it treated?

Rheumatic heart disease, what does this involve and how is it treated?

Serious: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop as a complication of inadequately treated strep throat. It can damage the heart valves and the heart muscle. It is treated with bed rest, antibiotics, aspirin, and, rarely, steroids. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rheumatic-fever/ds00250. ...Read more

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I have rheumatic heart disease and some venous insufficiency; are there single drugs that treat both?

I have rheumatic heart disease and some venous insufficiency; are there single drugs that treat both?

2:1 Drug Rx: These are two different disease processes. Venous insufficiency is treated most often without medication but with compression. With your ra, you may feel uncomfortable with the compression that may require some compromise (a palliative approach) between yourself and your clinician. ...Read more

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How can you treat coronary heart disease?

How can you treat coronary heart disease?

Reduce risk factors: Treatment is by risk factor modification--lowering cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and diabetes, smoking cessation, weight control, exercise, etc. Medications, angioplasty, stents, and surgery may reduce symptoms but the underlying disease cannot be cut out. ...Read more

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How do integrative doctors treat congenital heart disease?

How do integrative doctors treat congenital heart disease?

Comprehensive care: Congenital heart disease should be cared for in hospitals with a dedicated team of highly trained specialists, including pediatric cardiologists, congenital heart surgeons, intensive care physicians/ neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social work, physical and speech therapists, family support team, and other medical consultants to provide integrated care. ...Read more

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I have a strong family history of premature heart disease, BP is 135/90, LDL 130, non smoker. Should i be treated for cholesterol lowering pill?

I have a strong family history of premature heart disease, BP is 135/90, LDL 130, non smoker. Should i be treated for cholesterol lowering pill?

Not yet: There is not enough evidence to recommend that people like you take a statin for primary prevention at this time. Follow a heart healthy diet which is low in saturated fats and avoid concentrated sweets and reduce starches like pasta,potatoes,bread and rice. Keep your weight ideal and your blood pressure around 120/80. Regular exercise is advisable. Periodic treadmill stress test is advisable. ...Read more

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Is PSVT considered Heart disease? Is it life threatening? I am being treated for it and take flecainide 100 MG Tabs twice a day.

Is PSVT considered Heart disease?
Is it life threatening?
I am being treated for it and take flecainide 100 MG Tabs twice a day.

PSVT: Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia is a rapid heart beating condition which is usually not life threatening. You list myocardial infarction as a condition. Has your Doctor given you this diagnosis? Have you discussed your conditions with your doctor? ...Read more

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How is coronary heart disease treated?

How is coronary heart disease treated?

Medically: Medical treatment is the most important. Drugs to lower cholesterol and treat elevated blood pressure are essential. Aspirin and other anti-clotting drugs are key. Beta blocking drugs and angiotensin inhibiting drugs are also important. Invasive procedures such as angioplasty, stents and bypass surgery are best reserved for patiens with unstable disease. All patients need complete medical rx. ...Read more

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Can cornary heart disease be treated with statins and diet alone or is stent or surgery needed?

Can cornary heart disease be treated with statins and diet alone or is stent or surgery needed?

Depends: Hi. All three means are used, depending on the nature of the lesion(s), the coronary artery/arteries involved, targets for stenting or surgery, etc. Talk with your cardiologist, and if it would make you feel better, get a second opinion. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more