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Can dystonia affect muscles such as the heart or diaphragm, or other organs?

Can dystonia affect muscles such as the heart or diaphragm, or other organs?

No.: Dystonias manifest as abnormal posturing, pain, cramps, or smacking. They do not directly affect the heart or diaphragm. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Been waking up with chest pain and sob that subsides in a few hours. Sometimes my heart beats very fast n a painful pulling sensation in diaphragm.Y?

Been waking up with chest pain and sob that subsides in a few hours. Sometimes my heart beats very fast n a  painful pulling sensation in diaphragm.Y?

Depends: Abdominal and chest pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor if you indeed have these symptoms. If severe perhaps an evaluation at the emergency room will provide the best answers. Good luck ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel your resting heart beat just below your diaphragm?

Is it normal to feel your resting heart beat just below your diaphragm?

Yes: This represents pulsation from the abdominal aorta especially in thinner patients. If concerned about possible enlargement then talk to your physician. ...Read more

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I have congenital heart disease with a paralyzed diaphragm it is hard for me to breathe is there any exercise that could help me breathe better?

I have congenital heart disease with a paralyzed diaphragm it is hard for me to breathe is there any exercise that could help me breathe better?

Diaphragm pacing YES: There is such a thing as diaphragm pacing that you could ask about and is great in situations such as you're describing. ...Read more

Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more


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Dystonia (Definition)

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more