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Could rib fractures cause heart failure?

Could rib fractures cause heart failure?

Rare but it can: Its quite rare but multiple rib fractures can affect the cardiopulmonary system enough to lead to heart failure. I've seen one patient die from his rib fractures, so they all arent totally benign. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Could a rib fracture affect the heart?

Could a rib fracture affect the heart?

Infrequent: A myocardial contusion is contusion (bruise) of the cardiac muscle (heart muscle). It is usually a consequence of blunt trauma to the anterior chest wall, and the right heart is thought to be most commonly affected because of anterior position. Usually, there are associated injuries such as sternal and/or rib fracture, . ...Read more

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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Possibly: During the phenertermine scare several years ago, certain valvular disorders as well as pulmonary artery hypertension were associated with its use in weight loss regimens. Heart failure was a possible result. Some older diet pills are variants of amphetamines, which is a "sympathomimetic". Chronic use of such agents can lead to cardiomyopathy that may result in heart failure. New agents better? ...Read more

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I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

Possibly: Every cell in the body needs an adequate supply of energy, especially the heart since it beats 70-80 times a minute for life. You may have upset energy balance and would benefit from vitamin therapy. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look at some of the older posts. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more