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Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...Read more


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Does diphtheria have a high mortality rate?

Does diphtheria have a high mortality rate?

Toxic strains 3-23%: Diphtheria has more & less toxic strains with impact based on toxicity. In unprotected areas the case fatality rate during epidemics in the 90's was 3-23%. See aap/red book/28ed/diphtheria. ...Read more

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I have a low heart rate but i'm overweight? A low heart rate is better than a high heart rate right?

I have a low heart rate but i'm overweight? A low heart rate is better than a high heart rate right?

Not necessarily: It depends on how low the heart rate is and whether the heart rhythm is normal or abnormal. A high resting heart rate is more indicative of heart disease or other types of medical problems than a low resting heart rate so long as the low heart rate is not too low. ...Read more

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Why does open lung biopsy have a high mortality rate?

Why does open lung biopsy have a high mortality rate?

It does not really: The biopsy itself is not the problem -- but the underlying disease. If it has compromised the ability of the lung to function, then opening the lung and chest for a biopsy is risky. ...Read more

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At what point does a high heart rate during exercise become dangerous? Would an extremely high heart rate of 250-270bpm be considered dangerous?

At what point does a high heart rate during exercise become dangerous? Would an extremely high heart rate of 250-270bpm be considered dangerous?

Maximum: Maximum predicted heart rate is calculated as 220-age. For a 22 year old the maximum heart rate is therefore 198 bpm. If your heart rate reaches 250-270 during exercise, it would be best to get evaluated. ...Read more

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Was has a better chance mortality rate cornary heart disease or cancer?

Was has a better chance mortality rate cornary heart disease or cancer?

Depends: Cancer and heart disease are the two leading causes of mortality in the developed world. But your question is rather vague because it depends on the type of cancer, extent at time of diagnosis etc and the same for heart disease..category, treatment options etc etc ...Read more

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Should someone with a high resting heart rate also have a relatively higher target heart rate when working out?

Should someone with a high resting heart rate also have a relatively higher target heart rate when working out?

Not Necessarily: The two aren't directly correlated. The best thing to do is to test your specific maximum heart rate using a treadmill. The old formula for what we'd estimate a max hr to be is 220-age for a man, 210-age for a woman. There's a new, better formula which is much more complex. ...Read more

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Is there a high mortality rate for streptococcal infections?

Is there a high mortality rate for streptococcal infections?

Fortunately Low: Luckily as common as strep is, the mortality is very rare. Although there can be serious complications such as rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Why does the U.S. have such a high infant mortality rate?

Why does the U.S. have such a high infant mortality rate?

High premature birth: Approximately 2/3 of infants dying within 12 months of birth die within a month from birth(neonatal death). 30-40% of neonatal deaths are directly related with prematurity/low birth weight and complications thereof. ...Read more

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How might you have high blood pressure but a low heart rate?

How might you have high blood pressure but a low heart rate?

They aren't: necessarily related, blood pressure can be from constricted vessels even if heart output low, and they can be controlled by different blood chemicals ...Read more

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When does an elevated heart rate become dangerous? How high or long?

When does an elevated heart rate become dangerous? How high or long?

High heart rate: Mostly it depends on symptoms associated with the heart rate, so if the rate is 120 beats per minute and the patient has shortness of breath or chest pain associated with it, then it is too high. However, if you are active and exercise regularly then your heart can tolerate a higher heart rate for a longer period of time. ...Read more

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I HAVE A HIGH SED RATE OF 174?

You question is???: You have not asked a question. The test measures the presence of inflammation. You give no specific history and I have no knowledge of other tests ordered and their results so I cannot offer you any specifics. Discuss the result with the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Is a low pulse rate with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly woman?

Is a low pulse rate with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly woman?

Depends.: Low pulse rate associated with symptoms or below 50 without meds probably requires some investigation. The degree of BP elevation determines how "dangerous" it is. In elderly patients it is often reasonable to accept higher baseline bp's rather than to push medications. If i can get a BP down to 140/90 range without side effects in an 80 year old I am generally pleased. ...Read more

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What does a fast heart rate indicate in a fetus?

What does a fast heart rate indicate in a fetus?

Depends.: If the fetal heart rate remains above 160 beats per minute for over 10 minutes, then fetal tachycardia is diagnosed (unless the pregnancy is in the first trimester). This can be due to maternal fever, or fetal hyperthyroidism, cardiac defect, circulatory compromise, excessive fetal activity (benign, transient), or fetal tachyarrhythmia (atrial flutter, fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia). ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have high oxygen saturation but a low heart rate?

What does it mean if I have high oxygen saturation but a low heart rate?

See below: It means that the hemoglobin in your blood is receiving enough oxygen from your lungs to be fully loaded with oxygen molecules. Additionally, your heart, for whatever reason, is beating slowly. Often, slow heart rate is a sign of health, particularly in your age group (37). ...Read more

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What is a considered a dangerously high heart rate?

What is a considered a dangerously high heart rate?

Heart rate: Normally heart rate responds to exercise or physiologic demand levels. Usually we don't see it go over 180-200 even with high levels of exercise. This level while tolerated by 'normals' may be dangerous in patients with heart disease or other forms of disease. In other words, one number doesn't fit all. ...Read more

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What does low baseline for fetal heart rate indicate?

Low baseline FHR: Low fetal baseline heart rates are usually diagnosed when the rate drops below 120 beats per minute consistently and stays there. sometimes it is temporary, and sometimes it represents a fetal oxygenation problem. Ask your OB MD, who knows your care, what it exactly means in your case. ...Read more

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Low blood pressure and low heart rate in runners. Am I at risk for an abnormal arrhythmia setting in?

Low blood pressure and low heart rate in runners. Am I at risk for an abnormal arrhythmia setting in?

No: Very well conditioned athletes typically have low resting heart rates and low normal blood pressure that are a result of their excellent physical shape and not because of underlying heart disease. Now, if you are feeling faint, dizzy, light headed, weak or unwell in any other way seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a person with congestive heart failure to have a heart rate of 122?

Is it normal for a person with congestive heart failure to have a heart rate of 122?

Incomplete therapy: In congestive heart failure, there is activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is a contributor to tachycardia. The reflexes that lead to this are complex. Simplistically, though, this is a sign that you need additional therapy. Outcomes are best in people who are on beta-blockers, typically Carvedilol or metoprolol, which have the additional affect of slowing heart rate. ...Read more

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Generally, does a person with hypotension have a slower heart rate as compared to one who has hypertension?

Generally, does a person with hypotension have a slower heart rate as compared to one who has hypertension?

Yes: This is because hypotension is caused by overdrive in fhe parasympathetic and hyper by the sympathetic. This nervous system is the automatic (autonomic) system controlled by the lower brain below conscious level. It is used to enable us to adapt to environmental changes e.g. Heat, cold, etc. It is easily disturbed by poor diet. ...Read more

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Mortality (Definition)

Mortality is being susceptible to death. The mortality rate is the frequency at which people ...Read more