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Heart Affected Pericarditis
Continuum: Coronary disease develops from our lifestyle and as we age real blockage develops in some or all coronary vessels. One or more plaques disrupt and obstruct. If adequate collateral pathways exist may just vagus transient angina or pain. Angina is pain without damage. If not adequate flow, or collateral, acute myocardial infarction- heart attack occurs and that is "damage". Heart failure may follow. ...Read more
Cause: The symptoms will feel the same but the cause could be quite different. When the heart is not getting enough blood, it relaxes poorly after each heart beat. This can cause shortness of breath. In advanced stages, blocked heart arteries cause heart damage, pumping dysfunction, and heart failure. Valve disease can cause relaxation problems and heart damage as well despite normal circulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The Inner One: Blood vessels run from the outside of the heart to the inside, so the area that gets hit first is what we call "endocardium" - it's the layer of heart muscle on the inside of the heart chambers. That said, that's only where the damage starts. Depending on the severity of the heart attack, it can involve the entire thickness of the heart wall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only gross damage: A cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) will show the size and function of the heart chambers and valves as well as the great vessels entering and exiting the heart. While the echocardiogram will detect wall motion abnormalities it will not detect small areas of damage or plaque build up in the coronary arteries (heart disease). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not function properly, usually lungs get congested, the valves on the right side (pulmonic and tricuspid) can affect the lungs usually if they are atretic (small) at birth, leading to underdevelopment of the lungs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coronary disease/CAD: CAD can lead to weakened or poorly functioning heart muscle. The mitral valve is anchored to that muscle and will leak if CAD is severe enough. Rheumatic heart disease can lead to valve stenosis due to calcification, but has become less likely in the era of antibiotics. Also, being born with a bicuspid aortic valve (normally 3 cusps) can lead to calcification and narrowing at 50-60 years of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pectoris atherosclerosis congestive heart failure coronary artery disease dilate hypertension myocardial angina pectoris, what are these?
Cv words: These all refer to cardiovascular particulars. Pectoris = Chest. Atherosclerosis = vascular wall scarring from cholesterol deposit. Coronary artery disease = narrowing and atherosclerosis of heart arteries. Dilate = expand diameter. Hypertension = high blood pressure (within arterial network). Myocardial = heart. Angina pectoris = pain of chest from coronary artery disease, lack of oxygen to heart ...Read more
Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart. Some other diseases damage heart as well! viral, rheumatic, infections etc when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure. ...Read more
Anti-inflammatories: In the short term, anti-inflammatory medications such as indomethicin, prednisone, or even Aspirin may help. A search for a correctable cause is usually warranted. In some cases, fluid (if present) may be withdrawn from the pericardial sac for both diagnosis and relief of symptoms. It may be necessary to open or remove the pericardium in more severe cases. ...Read more
Difficult diagnosis: First a few definitions because this field is fraught with poor nomenclature: acute pericarditis is most often not diagnosed by echocardiography. Chronic pericarditis which can lead to constriction (also called constrictive pericarditis) can often be suspected on echo (something called ventricular interdependence). Cardiac mri, cardiac ct and cardiac catheterization can help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?
Different: Pericarditis is worse with deep breath/cough. It hurts to shake your chest like the slap of your foot on the pavement when walking. It's worse lying on your back & better sitting forward. Heart attack can mimic this because some heart attacks have associated pericarditis, but in general, they feel different: heart attack usually is a squeezing, tight central feeling without change for hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would my cardiologist have noticed pericarditis on my heart ultra sound ? I'm worried I may have that .
Doubtful: Not sure what worries about pericarditis, but it is a diagnosis usually made based on symptoms, exam (rub) and ECG. If you don't have typical symptoms, a rub and ECG findings, it is unlikely you have pericarditis. ...Read more
I have a history of pericarditis and every time i eat or drink something my heart rate goes up by about 30-40bpm hospital doesn't know whats wrong?
Get a second opinion: Pericarditis is a complex syndrome with many causes. If your local doctor does not have a solution then you should probably get a second opinion. ...Read more
What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?
Anatomy: Restriction and constriction both involve limitation to adequate filling of the heart when the heart is relaxing. In restriction, limitation is in the muscle of the heart. In construction, the limitation is in the pericardial sac which surrounds the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dx with pericarditis x 6 mo. Have chronic nausea. I looked it up and it is a symptom of pericarditis, but why would a heart issue cause nausea?
I have a friend that after having heart surgery twice because of a pericarditis, is at the ICU on life support. Do people recorver from life support?
Was having sever chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o
Definitely see a DR: This complaint requires a face to face visit to evaluate all aspects of your history and physical. As it turns out the best place to go is to an emergency room for history, physical, EKG and other tests if appropriate. Good luck. ...Read more
Was having severe chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o
Chronic pericarditis. Have worse pain and nausea after eating. Have read that this can be normal for pericarditis? Why, how does eating affect heart?
Shared nerves: The eating is not likely to actually affect your heart. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane or sac around the heart, rarely affecting the heart itself. In any event, there is a network of nerves known as the vagal trunk that provides nerve supply to the pericardium and also to the stomach and small intestine, so things that affect the digestive system may be felt in the chest. ...Read more
I had TB which got cured but my TB was close to heart and was recently diagnosed with pericarditis and doctor says surgery. Shld I have second opinion?
Always a good idea: Your are about to have a major surgery. The indication is not clear may have a tuberculoma or something getting a second opinion is wise ...Read more
Sudden sharp pain,behind breastbone,previously near lower left chest but since 2 days pain in upper right heart.pericarditis or musculoskeletal or MVP?
Purulent pericarditis & leaky valve i was treated for purulent pericarditis at age 7 now at 47 am told I have a leaky valve and some wall hardening.
Is there a correlation between the two?
I have been told that on a scale of 0-10 (10=heart attack----0=per
I may be pregnant but i've just gotten over viral pericarditis & i also have mobitz type 2 second degree av heart block, would this affect pregnancy?
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
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