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Do Varicose Veins Imply Poor Circulation And Possible Increase In Risk Of Heart Disease
No: Varicose veins are due to incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. It does not reflect on your heart. When you stand for long periods of time, gravity assists in pooling of the blood in the lower extremities. The same happens when sitting for long periods of time since blood flow back to the heart is impeded by the pressure on the back of your legs. ...Read more
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
Not really: Beta blockers are important medications for people with heart disease because the may help prevent another 'heart attack'. In addition, they slow the pulse, which allows the heart muscle to spend a little more time resting (which is good for the heart) and the heart muscle does get more blood. They lower blood pressure also, which may improve circulation slightly. ...Read more
All organs need O2: There are many types of congenital heart disease, so it is not possible to answer your specific question. Poor heart muscle function may cause back up of fluid in the lungs or congestive heart failure. Heart disease causing low oxygen will affect brain and kidney functioning, low exercise tolerance, and peripherally, poor circulation in extremities makes wounds heal slowly and loss of sensation ...Read more
Does "patent and unremarkable" mean I have zero heart disease? This is how my blood vessels were described in an MRI following a stroke. The MRI was with both contrast and no contrast. I'm recovering well, but i'd like to know if "patent and unremarkable
? wrong test: Are you sure you had a cardiac MRI for stroke workup? Mri of brain will not give you any information about cardiac blood vessels. Your report implies that your brain vasculature is normal, not your heart. Even a routine cardiac MRI would not give that information. ...Read more
Probably not: As dr. Hoepfner said, having varicose veins really doesn't equate with having bad circulation. When we talk about circulation, we are almost always referring to arterial flow and not venous. Fortunately, even abnormal venous flow rarely has any meaningful effect on your overall circulation and your shouldn't have to worry about it, as long as you don't have arterial disease too. ...Read more
My age is 27 and I have a pain under my left armpit for 5 yaers now I can feel a strong vein under it tests have ruled out heart. Diseases?
Get further testing: Make sure no lymph nodes, arms not swollen, no pulsating vessel. If not probably benign. ...Read more
Read on the net that pycnogenol is helpful for controlling sugar, high BP, heart and vericose veins and some more. Is it safe for anyone to use. Thanks?
Doubtful: There is no clinical evidence that substantiate these claims ...Read more
Vericose veins /spider veins on ankles feet and legs. Seem to have came on quickly. Can this be heart related?
No it is not:
Spider vein are relate to varicose vein, which caused by a valve problem in the vein, not heart problem.
because vein problem can cause edema in the leg, and some heart problem can cause edema sometime people can confuse the similarity with cause effect issue.
spider vein could be treated by injection like sclerotherapy, or laser therapy.
same time controlling the varicose vein is important. ...Read more
Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels and and increase in risk of heart disease?
Raise LDL, Heart dz.: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more
Does milk increase risk of heart disease? I have heard conflicting studies, which some say the satfat in milk causes h.D, and others sayingno connection
Sadly there is: A lot of controversial opinions at the internet. A theory developed early 1960 -1980's linking milk homogenization and production of an enzyme call xanthine oxidase with an increase in coronary artery disease. Subsequent prospective epideomological studies have failed to showed that direct effect. In my opinion drink your milk but if you are worry change to soy milk. Exercise and eat healthy. ...Read more
I recently had a CBC and my EO count came back as 7.7% (High). How concerned should I be? Does this increase my risk of heart disease?
Eosinophils: Eosinophils which are found to be elevated on a CBC are most commonly due to allergies and parasitic infections. Other less common causes also exist but these do not generally increase the risk of heart disease. This elevation on your blood test is best interpreted along with physical symptoms you may have. ...Read more
Does gluten sensitivity increase risk of heart disease? I read that it does in a study, but it makes little sense to me, considering g.S is intestinal
Unlikely: CAD is not part of celiac disease. Celiac disease has manifestations that are outside the GI tract. Those include herpes-like rashes (dermatitis herpetiformis), some endocrine and even brain abnormalities. The most important antibody for celiac disease, IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase, anti ttg) is also present in type I diabetes and both diseases may occur together. ...Read more
Heard lack of sleep increases risk of heart disease and cancer. Any meds or vitamins that cancel that effect? More sleep not optional I have a young son
Can taking an aspirin a day reduce the risk of heart disease but increase the risk of other disorders?
What's my risk of heart disease after a hysterectomy? My doctor recommended a hysterectomy and hormone replacement therapy, but I've read it can increase my risk of heart disease. I already have some risk factors. Does a hysterectomy make my chances of de
See below please:
Oral contraception with conventional oestrogen/progestogen preparations produces raised levels of clotting factors and increased platelet aggregation which could lead to increase the chance of blood clots.
Oral contraception with progestogen alone does not appear to cause similar clotting and platelet changes. ...Read more
Yes, esp if a smoker:
Please look up the name of the drug you might take. Common and serious side effects of many oral contraceptives can be found here:
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginformation. Html
(full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py). ...Read more
If diagnosed with pericardritis, should I limit activity and does this put me at any increased risk for heart disease?
Yes: First you need to get your pericarditis treated and in remission before you worry about limiting activity causing worse heart outcomes long term. The treatment for pericarditis includes cessation of all exercise (as it revvs up your adrenergic system) and is counterproductive to treating pericarditis. Only normal acitivies of daily living allowed till pericardial pain in remission, otherwise ...Read more
If I become a vegetarian will that lower my cholesterol and increase my chances of not having heart disease like my mom and grandmom?
Vegetarians do have lower cholesterol & a much lower risk of heart disease, though the lower risk is not necessarily due to lower cholesterol! The real cause of heart disease is inflammation & a vegetarian diet is less inflammatory. There are many other health benefits to a vegetarian diet as well. See
http://www. Vegetariantimes. Com/article/why-go-veg-learn-about-becoming-a-vegetarian/. ...Read more
I don't have any problems with the structure of my heart or heart disease nor do I take stimulants. What could be causing my increase in pvcs? :/
Arrhythmia: You may not have any heart structural problems but you may have a problem with the nerves supplying your heart muscle. This is a different issue. If this has not been evaluated, it needs to be. Also, have problems like thyroid dysfunction been ruled out? If no, they need to. For the evaluation of the heart conductive system, event monitoring is used. Talk to your primary care doc or cardiologist. ...Read more
My ovarian cyst grew half cm. I am postmenopausal. If surgery will I need both ovaries out. Increase in heart disease and kybf ca if ovaries removed?
Analyse risk/benefit: Best take family, talk with your gyn surgeon. The risk of leaving a growing ovarian mass/cyst in place is, could be cancer. Okay to ask about the blood tests and other risk factors. If your surgeon is recommending surgery it is likely to get a pathology exam of the mass and make sure it's not cancer. There will be surgical risk, and the analysis to benefit is important for your decision. Be well. ...Read more
What does wheezing means to a patient with ischemic heart disease. What does it signifies. Cough is also there. Should I increase the dose of diuretic.
Wheeze: Wheeze can be due to fluid in the lungs or an asthmatic condition. Either way see your doc. ...Read more
I am a 90 yr old retired dentist with heart disease. I am having trouble with dizzines even though the dosage was cut to 25mg. If I stop taking it, my fibrillation and heart rate increase a lot.
What are we:
"talking about", Sir. If it is LOPRESSOR (metoprolol tartrate) ask your Cardiologist to suggest another beta-blocker!! There are quite a few with VARYING side effects and I bet there is one for you!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
People who have a poor diet and are inactive are at risk of developing conornary heart disease, is this true?
Does taking birth control pills increase the odds i'll get heart disease? I am 38 years old and have taken birth control pills regularly for the past six years. Is it true that taking the pill means I have a greater chance of getting heart disease? .
The research suggests that women with risk factors for heart disease are at a higher risk of developing it when on the pill. These risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, family history of blood clots, stroke, and heart disease.
The research also indicates that birth control pills with a lower dose of estrogen poses a smaller risk.
If you are healthy with none of the above risk factors, you should feel confident in regards to your risk of heart disease. If you are concerned or have further questions please consult your doctor. ...Read more
I just found out I have a poor heart recovery rate. I'm a fit 18 year old female. What gives? My grandpa had heart disease, does that mean I might too?
Relax: Studies that have looked at heart rate recovery after exercise typically did not include 18-year-olds. The studies were in older adults. Cardiac conditioning with cardio exercises usually improves cardiac recovery. ...Read more
Yes & No, changes LDL:
Recent studies suggest fish oil capsules may not reduce risk of heart disease, but getting fish oil from eating fish does seem to prevent heart disease! See http://www. Cnn. Com/2012/09/11/health/health-fish-oil
re: ldl, fish oil may raise it a bit but also changes LDL from small to large particles, making the LDL less dangerous.
See http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/qaa400434/is-fish-oil-bad-for-ldl. Html. ...Read more
Is the heart disease (cad) risk for a 20 y/o significantly increased by lack of exercise and unhealthy diet when there are no other risk factors?
Does having hyperthyroidism increase the chance of heart disease with father having two heart attacks and my brother having one at 41yrs?
You have a: Higher risk of a heart attack because of genetics and smoking. I don't know if you have any other risk factors. Treated hyperthyroidism won't increase your risk. Most important factor is controlling your heart rate and blood pressure. In the precense of increase BP and hr, an unbalanced o2 delivery:demand may increase risk of heart attack in the precense of stablish cad. See your physician. ...Read more
Does taking a calcium supplements increase heart disease risk? Does it damage arteries? Confused...thought Ca was good for us.
Increases risk but..: Some very large studies have recently found increased risk of heart attack in men & women & increased risk of death from heart disease in men taking calcium suups. It is thought that calcium supps can increase calcium deposits in the arteries. However, calcium helps with osteoporosis & taking vit k with calcium should prevent this problem. See <a href="http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/779420" ...Read more
Increased palpitations and heart flutters general chest discomfort (no heart disease + normal echo) medication or un noticed subconscious anxiety?
Adrenaline surges...: Likely due to low blood sugars, can cause palpitations, anxiety attacks and other symptoms. Have your doctor check you for the Insulin resistance syndrome, eat frequent small meals, with a low glycemic index to avoid these. Check glycemicindex. Com for a list of the glycemic index of various foods. ...Read more
Artery hardening.: The arterial walls start to thicken and harden in response to elevated blood pressures. This is part of the process that leads to atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. High blood pressure is considered one of the primary risk factors for coronary heart disease. Blood pressure is the force. Years of high blood pressure can damage your arteries, causing them to harden and narrow. ...Read more
A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more