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Doctor insights on: Heart Affected Pericarditis

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Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

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

Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition where the pericardium (two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surround ...Read more


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Difference in shortness of breath with heart valve disease and coronary heart disease?

Difference in shortness of breath with heart valve disease and coronary heart disease?

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 more

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Which layer of heart is affected in heart attack ?

Which layer of heart is affected in heart attack ?

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 more

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Can heart ultrasound show heart damage?

Can heart ultrasound show heart damage?

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 more

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What heart valve affects the lungs?

What heart valve affects the lungs?

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 more

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Will atherosclerosis of the femoral artery affect heart beat and ekg?

Will atherosclerosis of the femoral artery affect heart beat and  ekg?

No: Ekgs measure the electrical activity of the heart. Palpitations ( irregular heartbeats) are also a function of the electrical activity in the heart. Neither of these will be affected by having atherosclerosis in the femoral artery of the leg. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary heart disease be seen on echocardiogram?

Can pulmonary heart disease be seen on echocardiogram?

Indicator: Echo can estimate elevated blood pressure in the pulmonary system. If there is a large blood clot in the lung, you may see an effect on the right sided heart chambers. ...Read more

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Which heart diseases leads to valvular heart disease?

Which heart diseases leads to valvular heart disease?

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 more

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How can coronary heart disease affect the respiration system?

How can  coronary heart disease affect the respiration system?

May not: However, with symptoms of angina chest pressure and pain, people may not breathe deeply. With clots on the right heart from myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism can occur. With acute left heart attack, congestion and heart failure will compromise oxygenation .And more. ...Read more

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Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Google it: Rf: smoking, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history etc. Symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations etc. You really will get much more on the internet than i can give you in this box, this is a huge topic! ...Read more

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How are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease different?

How are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease different?

CHF: Is typically caused by a weakened heart muscle or one that "relaxes" poorly whereas CAD is caused by cholesterol plaques in coronary arteries. Frequently CAD is present with chf. ...Read more

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How might coronary heart disease affect the heart muscle and the circulatory system?

How might coronary heart disease affect the heart muscle and the circulatory system?

Directly: The coronary arteries and their branches carry the blood and oxygen to the heart muscle cells. Poor flow, low oxygen, cells die- equals heart attack. If enough muscle dies, then heart failure, cardiac arrest, no circulation, and death. ...Read more

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Can chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

Can  chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

CPR: Depends how hard the compressions are. Usually this is done on an emergency basis when there is no pulse (no beating heart) and the benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Pectoris atherosclerosis congestive heart failure coronary artery disease dilate hypertension myocardial angina pectoris, what are these?

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

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Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exercise and always addressing the root cause of the problem. ...Read more

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What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

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

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Why can Rheumatism affect heart valves?

Why can Rheumatism affect heart valves?

Yes: This article will help clarify: http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/heart-disease/ra-and-your-heart.php

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Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Outer layer: The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for pericarditis (inflamatory heart)?

What's the treatment for pericarditis (inflamatory heart)?

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

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Can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

Can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

No: The heart will collapse though if the inflammation will cause enough fluid accumulation over a short period of time. ...Read more

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What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

Poor heart pumping: Pericarditis, by preventing the heart from moving properly, may result in worsening heart failure. This can be corrected by relieving fluid accumulation or, in some cases, by opening or removing the pericardium. ...Read more

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Is constrictive pericarditis always visiible on a heart echo?

Is constrictive pericarditis always visiible on a heart echo?

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 more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

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 more

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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

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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

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What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

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 more

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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

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

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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

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

Seek Help: You are too young to have a heart attack although not knowing your complete history along with family history, I would recommend seeing a cardiologist regarding your concerns. ...Read more

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Chronic pericarditis. Have worse pain and nausea after eating. Have read that this can be normal for pericarditis? Why, how does eating affect heart?

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

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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?

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

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Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Yes: There are some other causes as well. Bacterial tuberculosis renal failure heart and lung diseases not all viral attacks are followed by pericarditis, but some are. ...Read more

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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