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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Often at birth: Pectus excavatum, or concave, funnel, or sunken chest is usually a congenital condition so it is present at birth. The diagnosis is usually obvious by the appearance of a sunken central chest and is more common in boys than girls by about 3 to 1. The appearance can become more obvious with growth and is usually readily apparent well before puberty. Treatment is surgical and often just cosmetic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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