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Can You Describe Heart Disease
Yes and No: In 400 words? Well there are lots of things that can go wrong with the heart. The muscle can be weak, the valves can lea. If the arteries bet blocked it can damage the muscle and cause heart failure. There can be infections of the heart or tumors. There can be rhythm problems making it beat to fast or slow. So I am about out fo words but not too bad for four hundred letters more or less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Non specific: This sounds more like an insurance code than a real diagnosis. As cardiologists, we diagnose valves as narrow, leaking, calcified, abnormal in appearance etc... When an insurance billing code is used for "valvular disease" without specifying what type of abnormality, it is qualified as "non specific"... Welcome to the world of coding :-). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluid overload: Congestive heart failure is a state where the body holds onto salt and water that you eat and drink which fails to come out in the urine. This is typically the result of a heart that is not working properly. For a variety of reasons, the heart sends a signal to the kidneys to hold on to salt and water resulting in shortness of breath and swelling of the extremities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart, most commonly the heart valves. Early cardiac findings of acute rheumatic fever include mitral insufficiency and aortic insufficiency. Long-term consequences of rheumatic heart disease include the development mitral stenosis and/or aortic stenosis. The tricuspid and pulmonary valves can also be affected. ...Read more
Ok: Hypertensive is high blood pressure with stress on heart which responds by enlarging hypertrophic less functional muscle- muscle-bound! atherosclerosis is plaque deposits in luminal (phenobarbital) surface of the blood vessels causing obstruction and ischemia and damage by heart attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: For people you have the most severely damaged hearts a transplant involves removng the heart and replacing it with a donor heart. Multiple heart attacks , and viral damage to the heart muscle are the most common causes.. The supply of donors, usually from severe head trauma is very limited, limiting the number of transplants that can be performed. It is a procedure of last resort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart Valve: The heart valves serve a function as a check valve. They direct blood flow in one direction and prevent back flow. Malfunction can be two ways: 1. The valve can be narrowed (stenosis) and restrict blood flow. 2. The valve may not close properly and leak (insufficiency). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart disease: Arrhythmia may be one of the manifestations of heart disease. In general, arrhythmias may not be important if the heart is structurally healthy but may be dangerous if the heart is weak. Of course the more accurate answer will depend of the specific kind of arrhythmia and the extent of the heart disease, but you did not provide that info. Discuss with your md. ...Read more
Lots of things: Among the more preventable causes of heart disease are smoking, being overweight, type 2 diabetes, poor exercise and eating habits, high cholesterol and excessive alcohol intake. If you have a family history of heart disease then you need to be especially careful to manage these risk factors. The american heart association has some great resources at www.Heart.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial Infection: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through a type of tick. The bacteria can cause alot of things from a simple rash, to fevers, joint pain to more serious things such as meningitis and heart problems. If you think you were bitten by a tick or have lyme disease, please see your doctor. It's very easily treatable as long as you dont wait. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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