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Can pectus excavatum press on the heart or lungs and become fatal?

Can pectus excavatum press on the heart or lungs and become fatal?

Doubtful: I couldn't locate a controlled study on long-term effects if surgery is not done. In most cases the condition is cosmetic, and there were no reported deaths. Severe pectus excavatum does decrease lung and cardiac function, however, basically through compression and smaller volumes. A pediatric surgeon would be able to give you a better idea of the future after checking the individual patient. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Will pectus excavatum cause heart condition, or lung conditions in the future?

Will pectus excavatum cause heart condition, or lung conditions in the future?

May: But not always, may get systolic murmur and MR which may progress with age and may but not always need surgery to correct MR ...Read more

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Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?

Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?

Yes: Many causes however, so exam and testing is required to be definitive. Small recurrent emboli are known and can be intermittent and variable, and eventually lethal. ...Read more

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Can smoking increase the pressure in the lungs,that is moderate, very fast? Or it needs time? Can it affect heart valves with mild leaking?

Can smoking increase the pressure in the lungs,that is moderate, very fast? Or it needs time? Can it affect heart valves with mild leaking?

Smoking has many: deleterious (bad) effects on both the heart and the lungs. When someone has smoked for a sufficient amount of time the lung changes can result in increased pulmonary pressures and worsening of leaking heart valves. Don't smoke! It is bad for you! ...Read more

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Can dengue affect the lungs and heart?

Can dengue affect the lungs and heart?

No: Doctors hate to use the word "never" but it's not a characteristic of dengue fever to affect either the heart or the lungs. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath and pain in the heart. Appear and disappear. Is the spine can cause heart problems? Is it worth doing testing for pheochromocytoma

Shortness of breath and pain in the heart. Appear and disappear.
Is the spine can cause heart problems?
Is it worth doing testing for pheochromocytoma

Pheochromocytoma: Have you been tested, treated or diagnosed with this tumor of the adrenal gland? I would have your symptoms evaluated asap. ...Read more

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How many blebs or bullae can a person have w/out underlying lung disease. I am 29, female with total 9 or 10 between both lungs, and one pneumothorax?

How many blebs or bullae can a person have w/out underlying lung disease. I am 29, female with total 9 or 10 between both lungs, and one pneumothorax?

None: There is congenital or emphysema changes. Stop smoking did you have a chest tube or other intervention for the pneumo? May be sealed pleura and unlikely recurrence. You are at risk for ipsilateral or contra lateral recurrence most likely. ...Read more

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33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

Mgt: There are several cardiac conditions that can cause an enlarged heart ,and some appear to have a genetic association. I would recommend having an EKG and a visit with your cardiologist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing chest pain currently, the ED is available to treat you immediately. ...Read more

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Can the flow rate on a IV line cause atrial fribulation, which in turn weaken the heart muscle, create clots and flood the lungs.

Can the flow rate on a IV line cause atrial fribulation, which in turn weaken the heart  muscle, create clots and flood the lungs.

IV fluid: Fluid is given through an "IV" (a little tube inserted into a vein) for many reasons: to treat dehydration, to give medicines, & to maintain fluid balance when patients aren't drinking. In some patients if too much fluid is given too quickly it can cause problems including with the lungs. For a detailed review of a particular patient problem, ask a doctor through an inbox consult on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Does Moderate Aortic Stenosis with mild hypokensis of the apex. Require more than medicine? On exertion I get short of breath.Does it Need surgery?

Does Moderate Aortic Stenosis with mild hypokensis of the apex.
Require more than medicine? On exertion I get short of breath.Does it Need surgery?

Depends: Depends on what your doctor is calling moderate AS. Need to know your valve area and pressure gradient. You may want to look into a cardiac cath to more accurately see how severe the gradient is and should have a TEE. If you have moderate AS and are a good candidate for an Aortic Valve repair, there are many doctors that would get it done if you continue to be symptomatic. Watch your BP too ...Read more

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Can chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

CPR: Depends how hard the compressions are. Usually this is done on an emergency basis when there is no pulse (no beating heart) and the benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

No: If it is standard funnel chest or pectus excavatum with no associated disease the chest will heal well and the patient can return to full activity after a predetermined time. ...Read more

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Will COPD and heart problems compound the symptoms and make them worse. I have stage 1close to 2 COPD and aortic valve insufficiency + irreg. Heartbea?

Will COPD and heart problems compound the symptoms and make them worse. I have stage 1close to 2 COPD and aortic valve insufficiency + irreg. Heartbea?

Yes: COPD and aortic valve regurgitation, if significant enough, can both make you short of breath. Working harder to breathe secondary to copd, or the volume overload of a leaky aortic valve can both increase your likelihood of atrial arrhythmias, . ...Read more

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Does ehlers danlos increase the risk of heart attack caused by vessels and such in the heart collapsing and not letting enough blood through?

Does ehlers danlos increase the risk of heart attack caused by vessels and such in the heart collapsing and not letting enough blood through?

No: Glad to reassure you. It just doesn't. Even Ehlers-Danlos IV, in which the arteries end up very fragile and prone to intractable hemorrhaging, doesn't do this. It just doesn't happen. ...Read more

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What is the cure for chronic hyperventilation syndrome? My lungs are used to breathing much larger volumes through the chest and i can't stop it.

What is the cure for chronic hyperventilation syndrome? My lungs are used to breathing much larger volumes through the chest and i can't stop it.

Treat cause: We breath different amounts during different times. Just like blood pressure and heart rate, body responds to what it needs. If you breath larger volumes, generally there are less breaths per minute. Hyperventilation without this can be due to a metabolic problem that keeps your body breathing excessively. See your doctor or more specifically a pulmonary specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Why is it that the "hole in the heart" condition causes tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Why is it that the "hole in the heart" condition causes tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Due to pressure.: Normal blood flow is one direction and controlled by valves in your heart and no direct comunication between r/l side of heart. Now if you have a hole then flow is not normal anymore. Some blood may bypass the lungs and not get enough oxygen. The pressure now is also different and can cause enlargement of chambers over a period of time. Need echo and see heart md. ...Read more

Dr. Delphine Yung
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Funnel Chest (Definition)

-defect where the sternum instead of a normal appearance is sunken . If U poured water on it it would pool. It can B severe & compromise cardiac & pulmonary Fx. It is in these cases ...Read more


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