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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


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Who can tell me what can heart disease lead to?

Who can tell me what can heart disease lead to?

Death and disability: Heart disease, untreated, is the leading cause of death and disability in the us. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if heart disease is getting worse?

Heart disease: Consult the doctor who knows you and your condition best and ask this question in general if your symptoms are getting worse, the disease is progressing. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can diet increase risk of heart disease?

Can somebody tell me how can diet increase risk of heart disease?

Diet: Poor diet can cause obesity and associated Insulin dysfunction. It can also cause fat to infiltrate the walls of arteries and make heart attack possible. Poor nutritional diet can cause nutritional malfunction of the heart. Too much salt can cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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Can you tell at middle age if you're going to have heart disease later?

Can you tell at middle age if you're going to have heart disease later?

May predict chance: Depending on your family history of heart disease, your lifestyle choices (smoke? Drink? Drugs?) your diet and exercise habits, your personal history of health problems (obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes etc.) you can make an educated guess based on what we have learned from the population you are part of as time goes by. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much excercise contribute to the reduction of heart disease?

Could you tell me how much excercise contribute to the reduction of heart disease?

Exercise: At least half an hour of aerobic exercise a day minimum. Additional benefits accrue to more but the big gain is at 30min. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why in some heart disease studies are more women included in men?

Could you tell me why in some heart disease studies are more women included in men?

Study site: Typically, the location, or setting of the study will have a higher population of willing participants of a certain gender, that will participate. Some studies are specifically targeted toward evaluating disease in women, or the specific disease may be more common in women. Studies from Veteran's Administration, may be more men. Women often live longer on average. ...Read more

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What does degenerative heart disease mean.... im googling it but it wont tell me, keeps refering to conjestive heart disease?

Generic term: Degenerative heart disease refers to all the changes that occur with aging in contrast to (for example) due to infection, trauma, auto-immune diseases, cancer, etc. It can take many forms, but 2 common manifestations are aortic sclerosis and mitral annular calcification. There are many others. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the heart disease hcm?

Could you tell me what is the heart disease hcm?

Hcm?: Often cardiologists, will use hcm as an abbreviation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There are various types, which pose different risks, but the all involve an abnormally large growth of part of the heart muscle walls. Not all physicians use the same abbreviations, so it's best to go to the source, to ask directly. hcm can be a dangerous. call 911 if chest pain, breathless, or dizzy. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could smoking cause heart disease?

Please tell me, could smoking cause heart disease?

Yes: Smoking is probably the main preventable cause of arteriosclerosis in the western world, and is becoming more significant in the developing world as well, since cigarette companies are targetting developing nations. Elevated cholesterol (esp ldl), diabetes, hypertension and heredity are the other main risk factors. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between anxiety and heart disease?

See a doc: Sorry, friend. That one's too vague even for the internet. If this is a serious concern you need to see a doc who can look toward some more specific questions and get you some answers. It'll be a well-spent $100. ...Read more

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I'm in trouble. Please tell me how to reduce risk of heart disease?

I'm in trouble. Please tell me how to reduce risk of heart disease?

Manage risk factors: Treatment is by risk factor modification--lowering cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and diabetes, smoking cessation, weight control, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some common leads to of congestive heart disease?

Could you tell me what are some common leads to of congestive heart disease?

Many: Most common causes are coronary artery disease causing heart ischemia and systolic heart dysfunction, hypertensive disease and diabetes mellitus. Other causes include valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, cancer therapy, hypothyroidism, drug abuse, fluid overload like in renal failure, alcohol abuse etc. ...Read more

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Girlfriend is really upset her kid has rheumatic heart disease. What can I tell her about it?

Girlfriend is really upset her kid has rheumatic heart disease. What can I tell her about it?

Have pediatrician: She needs to understand prevention of repetitive strep throats, the possible development of a need for future heart surgery, the possible development of heart valve infection and the possible need for prophylactic antibiotics when having dental work, etc. The best thing would be to have a pediatrician or family practitioner explain these things to your girlfriend. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if we feel our heart areas like being stabbed/sharp pain, is that heart disease?

Not usually: Occasionaly inflamation around the heart (pericarditis ) can feel like this , but most of the time its not cardiac. ...Read more

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Could an EKG always tell if a person has heart disease?

Yes: Ecgs are extremely useful, when correctly read, in suspecting or diagnosing a variety of heart diseases. They can also be falsely normal (false negative) or falsely abnormal (false positive). The inventor was awarded the nobel prize in medicine! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how heart disease affect the liver?

Can you tell me how heart disease affect the liver?

End stage heart: If you have end-stage congestive heart failure, you can develop cardiac cirrhosis. Other than that, there's not much effect on the liver. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes cardiovascular disease (heart disease)?

Please tell me what causes cardiovascular disease (heart disease)?

Multiple: Usually genetic, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol or lipids, diet and lack of exercise. Gradual deposition of fat in the arteries and slow formation of atheroma leads to narrowing and blockage. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what exactly is coronary heart disease?

Can you please tell me what exactly is coronary heart disease?

Blockage: Angina-chest pain from atherosclerotic blockage of the arteries to the heart.

So one has to have coronary vessels blocked by atherosclerosis and plaque deposits to the degree that the heart does not get enough oxygen.
Prevention:
non smoker
cardiovascular exercise
diet
normal weight
ignore and get coronary problems.
Family history is also significant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

Mixed: Cardiomyopathy means heart muscle disease. There are multiple causes. Some causes are abnormal proteins caused by a gene defect. Congenital heart disease conventionally refers to an abnormality that is present at birth in the structure of the heart or blood vessels in the chest. Severity and impact varies from trivial to fatal. Some congenital heart diseases can develop features of cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are ldl, hdl, and cholesterol related to heart disease?

Can you tell me how are ldl, hdl, and cholesterol related to heart disease?

HDL good, LDL bad: High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is protective and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (ldl) is a risk factor for heart disease. Total cholesterol is more or less a sum of these two values plus a contribution from triglycerides. See this site for more info.
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/diagnostics-testing/laboratory-tests/lipid-blood-tests.aspx. ...Read more

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Please tell me whether there is any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Please tell me whether there is any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Possibly: There are some syndromes that have Oral-Facial growth problems associated with congenital heart problems. You should seek a diagnosis from an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon or Cardiologist. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me factors that cause coronary heart disease?

Can you please tell me factors that cause coronary heart disease?

Risk factors: Family history of heart attacks, obesity, high chol, diabetes, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excess in alcohol intake, stress, renal disease. ...Read more