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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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Is pectus excavatum going to affect my heart over time?

Is pectus excavatum going to affect my heart over time?

If severe: In severe pectus deformity, pediatric patients experience excersise intolerance, lack of stamina because of dyspnea, sometimes chest pains, mitral valve prolapse, experience palpitations and recurrent respiratory tract disease. Therefore if the pectus deformity is so mild that did not get repaired early in life, chances of cardiac problems are less. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my heart if I have murmur and pectus excavatum?

Nothing: Pectus excavatum is a condition characterized by overgrowth of the cartilage of the chest wall causing a depression of the breastbone (sternum). This can press on the heart causing a murmur. Surgical fixation is usually not needed unless there are severe symptoms, usually shortness of breath or exercise intolerance. ...Read more

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I sufffer from pectus excavatum and have a tachicardy (caused by (anxiety), can i do exercise without being at risk of heart failure?

I sufffer from pectus excavatum and have a tachicardy (caused by (anxiety), can i do exercise without being at risk of heart failure?

Cardiac conditions: need to be evaluated by a cardiologist in person prior to any exercise. If you are cleared for exercise consider getting a personal trainer at a gym to create a personalized plan for you. Exercise can help w/anxiety. See www.relaxationresponse.org Peace and good health. . ...Read more

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Can bad posture with pectus excavatum affect lung capacity?

Can bad posture with pectus excavatum affect lung capacity?

Yes: In severe cases mostly from displacement of the heart. Most of the cases minimal reduction in lung capacity. ...Read more

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Will working out make pectus excavatum worse?

Will working out make pectus excavatum worse?

NO: Pectus ex. Is a congenital deformity of the chest wall. If you build up your pec muscles the severity of the deformity may appear to be greater merely because the muscle is enlarged but it does not make the structural deformity worse. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to help my pectus excavatum and pull my shoulders back?

Posture exercises: Pectus is a structural abnormality of the cartilages. There are no exercises that you can do that can change that. Pectus patients often slouch, to try and reduce the appearance. ...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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