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Can you describe heart disease?

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 more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

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


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Can you describe ischemic heart disease?

Can you describe ischemic heart disease?

Ischemic Heart Disea: Ischemic heart disease is caused by blockage of coronary arteries causing angina or chest pain due to exsertion or a heart attack where pt gets irreversible damage to the heart muscle. ...Read more

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Can you describe chronic heart disease?

Can you describe chronic heart disease?

Yes i can: It is the opposite of acute which means it just happened. Chronic means you have had it awhile. That would apply to any type of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, valve disease, heart muscle disease, or a heart attack. ...Read more

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Can you describe nonspecific valvular heart disease?

Can you describe nonspecific valvular heart disease?

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 more

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Can you describe heart failure?

Can you describe heart failure?

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 more

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Rheumatic heart disease, could this cause you to have heart murmurs?

Rheumatic heart disease, could this cause you to have heart murmurs?

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

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Could you please describe hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

Could you please describe hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

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 more

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Can you describe a heart transplant?

Can you describe a heart transplant?

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 more

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Can you describe a heart valve malfunction?

Can you describe a heart valve malfunction?

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 more

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Do you know which is worse heart disease or arrhythmia?

Do you know which is worse heart disease or arrhythmia?

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

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Can you describe congestive heart failure?

Can you describe congestive heart failure?

Many symptoms: Shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid retention, edema, decreased oxygenation and ascites, pleural effusion. It is a progressive disease and, left untreated, 50% of patients will die in 5 years - in general a worse prognosis than cancer. ...Read more

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What can lead to coronary heart disease?

What can lead to coronary heart disease?

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 more

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Can you have heart disease just from hypertension?

Can you have heart disease just from hypertension?

Absolutely yes,: Though if you have other risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, or you are a smoker, your risk is even higher. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is heart disease the same thing as cardiovascular disease?

Can you tell me is heart disease the same thing as cardiovascular disease?

Sometimes: The heart is an important part of the cardio (heart) vascular (blood vessel) system. There are some cardiovascular diseases, like diseases of the aorta or other peripheral arteries, that are not really heart disease. ...Read more

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How can you diagnose heart disease?

How can you diagnose heart disease?

H&P, tests: Through nuclear stress test, stress echocardiogram, echocardiogram, pet scan, ct scan, and ekgs. These tests are only used after a thorough history and physical that provides the indications for the appropriate test(s). ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can someone with coronary heart disease have/eat?

Dietitian : Low saturated fat, low sodium, high potassium and magnesium, fish oils. Baked fish and skinless chicken, vegetables, oatmeal, whole grains. Ldl needs to be less than 100mg/dl. BP less than 130/80. See a dietitian or enter a cardiac rehab program. ...Read more

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Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

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 more

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Can you describe a heart flutter?

Can you describe a heart flutter?

Yes: Palpitations refer to a fluttering sensation in the chest which most commonly is related to the heart beating fast and/or more forcefully and/or beating irregularly. ...Read more

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