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Can the after effect of a cardiac arrest affect your thinking power?

Can the after effect of a cardiac arrest affect your thinking power?

Yes: During a cardiac arrest, there is not blood flow, and thus oxygen to the brain. Even is someone survies, they may have brain damage. At times it can be minor, but may have an affect on someones memory, congnition, personality. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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The physical effect of Betablockers on the heart is they decrease the cardiac contractility can this lead to stiffened Heart Valves in long term use?

The physical effect of Betablockers on the heart is they decrease the cardiac contractility can this lead to stiffened
Heart Valves in long term use?

NO: There are no long term effects of beta blockers on the heart valves or for that matter ANY STRUCTURAL cardiac abnormalities!!!!! Hope this helps and answers the NUMEROUS QUESTIONS on this subject at todays on-line session!! BE WELL DR Z ...Read more

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Can a stroke affect the part of the brain which controls our breathing? If so, can it be fatal? Thanks.

Can a stroke affect the part of the brain which controls our breathing? If so, can it be fatal? Thanks.

Yes: It depends on the location of stroke . Usually if stroke is in the brain stem( medula ) , can cause respiratory difficulty which could be fatal. Injury to this center may lead to center respiratory failure, which necessitates mechanical ventilation; usually the prognosis is grave. ...Read more

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Does your intelligence decrease over time or can medical conditions affect clarity of the thought process?

Mind body : No doubt our health and medical well being impacts on cognition, attention, memory etc. Metabolic issues impact on the efficiency of the brain as do specific diseases, some temporarily and others through accumulated problems over time. Exercise, good sleep and diet, staying mentally active, and keeping good metabolic control, as well as avoiding too much alcohol is wise. Some meds can b problem. ...Read more

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Can the digestive system be temporarily altered when a person experiences short term stress (about 5 weeks) and also had insomnia during most of that time? Any long term effects on the stomach or colon? thanks

Can the digestive system be temporarily altered when a person experiences short term stress (about 5 weeks) and also had insomnia during most of that time? Any long term effects on the stomach or colon?  thanks

Yes: Yes it can be altered and this is usually temporary. The intestines are a very large organ. Very vascular and with many hormones and chemicals running through it. Mood can change its function. Some peopke suffer from irritable vowel and these people often have diarrhea or constipation. Sometimes alternating depending on stress and mood. Get checked if you are worried. Www.Drlugo.Com ...Read more

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When using a heart rate monitor for exercise, how do you factor into your heart range the intended effects of heart meds?

When using a heart rate monitor for exercise, how do you factor into your heart range the intended effects of heart meds?

Heart rate for exerc: Theoretical maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age, so your max would be 147. Depending on your goals and fitness level your workout heart rate should be between 60-80 percent of your max, so around 90-115 beats per min. Heart medication such as a beta blocker will typically make it difficult to get the heart rate much above 100. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the effects that a reduced cardiac output would have on the muscle cells of an athlete.?

Can you tell me the effects that a reduced cardiac output would have on the muscle cells of an athlete.?

Yes: When an athlete exercises to the point of their maximum cardiac output, their muscle cells convert from oxidative to anerobic metabolism with accumulation of Lactic Acid and development of oxygen debt - if CO is reduced, this will happen at a lower level of activity. Generally, one's days of competition are over. ...Read more

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When someone is knocked unconscious, how long of a delay can there be between the impact and the loss of consciousness?

When someone is knocked unconscious, how long of a delay can there be between the impact and the loss of consciousness?

Usually immediate: Most times loss of consciousness is immediate. A delay of minutes to hours would be a cause for alarm and an immediate visit to the emergency room as an internal bleed in the head would need to be ruled out. Usually someone is knocked out (right away) for seconds to minutes and that in itself warrants and er visit. Any loss of consciousness basically needs to be evaluated in the emergency room. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms/issues to expect AFTER a heart attack, will any of the textbook symptoms prior to the attack still effect you AFTER the attack?

What are the symptoms/issues to expect AFTER a heart attack, will any of the textbook symptoms prior to the attack still effect you AFTER the attack?

Weakness, fatigue: The classic symptoms of a heart attack (crushing chest pain, left arm pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath etc.) are not the same as the long term effects. Depending on how much of your heart muscle was damaged, you might notice that your heart can't respond to demands like it used to, and you'l be less able to exert yourself, climb stairs, be active, etc. ...Read more

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Can alcohol affect the heart in such a way that someone would need a heart transplant?

Can alcohol affect the heart in such a way that someone would need a heart transplant?

Yes: There is something called "alcoholic cardiomyopathy" and it can make the heart so weak, that only a transplant will prolong life. However, hearts are so hard to obtain, a person who hasn't maintained sobriety will not be a candidate for transplantation (Catch-22). ...Read more

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When a person has significant blockage of the heart arteries it will result in reduced body energy.Will the blockage also affect memory and eyesight?

When a person has significant blockage of the heart arteries it will result in reduced body energy.Will the blockage also affect memory and eyesight?

May be: Significant blockage will result in an inability to be active due to reduce performance of your heart pumping o2 blood to all your body. May be even causing heart failure. If that happen, in theory, your memory could suffer. Not sure about your sight. I will advice to get a good eye specialist to check your eyes. Also check with your primary care doctor to r/o other causes of memory loss. ...Read more

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Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Yes: The effects of the cardiopulmonary bypass during the surgery together with somewhat lower blood flow to the brain and possible embolization of very small clots or calcified plaques from the major blood vessels (the latter two possible even in off bypass surgeries) can lead to memory changes. It is a very well documented side effect of cardiac surgery. In most cases the changes are minimal. ...Read more

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Supposing you had myocarditis (inflammation of heart) caused by alcohol. Would cessation restore your heart to its normal state and after how long?

Supposing you had myocarditis (inflammation of heart) caused by alcohol. Would cessation restore your heart to its normal state and after how long?

Myocardiopathy: If you have myocardial damage due to alcohol, cessation of alcohol is absolutely necessary. If it is stopped before too much damage is done, then decent function may remain. Myocarditis is not exactly the pathology of alcohol damage which is toxicity rather than primarily inflammatory. ...Read more

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I've heard extreme stress can affect the timing of a woman's period, but can it also affect the length and/or heaviness of the period?

I've heard extreme stress can affect the timing of a woman's period, but can it also affect the length and/or heaviness of the period?

Check with your: Physician...medical conditions indicated by the symptoms anxiety, depressed mood, heavy menstrual bleeding and nervousness including Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, Menorrhagia, and Depression (Adult). This is something that coud be possible ...Read more

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Can an overdose of Aleve (naproxen) (suicide attempt) cause a heart arrhythmia? If so, is my heart in danger after the fact? Will the arrhythmia go away?

Can an overdose of Aleve (naproxen) (suicide attempt) cause a heart arrhythmia? If so, is my heart in danger after the fact? Will the arrhythmia go away?

Glad that you care: I'm happy a change of heart has occurred for you with respect to valuing your life! The other change of heart is almost never life-threatening. It ' just a period of too fast or slow beats not due to organ disease and doesn't damage the heart.Yet, it's not pleasant . Your doctor might be able to help symptomatically. During the OD, blood chem may have caused it - but that's then, not now. Live! ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

The abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not ...Read more