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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

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


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If I have heart disease, should I be concerned if I experience tingling hands and feet during and after exercise?

If I have heart disease, should I be concerned if I experience tingling hands and feet during and after exercise?

Yes: That may be a sign of vascular insufficiency, arterial blockages, or coronary spasm. You should have that evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Can hand foot and mouth affect a 80yrs old with heart disease?

Can hand foot and mouth affect a 80yrs old with heart disease?

Confusing question: Certainly, if someone has gone 80 years and never had this virus they could become infected by it. It would likely cause abdominal cramps and a rash like many such viruses do that have no pattern named after them. Chances are, they had it as a kid and don't remember it, and there is no one is around that might. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any connection between lumps in the hand and heart disease?

Please let me know if there is any connection between lumps in the hand and heart disease?

Not usually: Except for janeway lesions (http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/janeway_lesion) - which is indicative of infective endocarditis (and these are very rare!), there's no association. ...Read more

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I am 30 years old and I have been experiencing swelling in my hands, chest discomfort, and body aches. Could this be signs of heart disease?

I am 30 years old and I have been experiencing swelling in my hands, chest discomfort, and body aches. Could this be signs of heart disease?

No: Heart disease does not cause swelling of the hands. More likely you have fluid retention related to hormonal influences. Body aches are a common complaint and non-specific. If they respond to Ibuprofen or naproxen, no further evaluation is indicated. Otherwise, a rheumatological diagnosis should be pursued. Best wishes, Elizabeth. ...Read more

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18 yrs old female has gingivitis. Getting deep cleaning and was handed a packet called "Periodontal Disease".Scared. Will I get heart disease?!

18 yrs old female has gingivitis. Getting deep cleaning and was handed a packet called "Periodontal Disease".Scared. Will I get heart disease?!

No: If you now begin to take care of your teeth and gums, you will not get heart disease from this episode. Pay attention to daily mouth hygeine and you will protect your heart as well. ...Read more

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Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? I'm 22 with bouts of shortness of breath I wshould I be concerned that I got heart disease this early? I'm not obese im thin and don't smoke but exposed to 2nd hand smoke

Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? I'm 22 with bouts of shortness of breath I wshould I be concerned that I got heart disease this early? I'm not obese im thin and don't smoke but exposed to 2nd hand smoke

High anxiety level: Anxiety may manifest itself in many different ways. High anxiety level may mimic the symptoms of a heart attack and/or respiratory condition. Sometimes also, physical conditions may trigger anxiety. Get first reassured on your physical health by having a physical exam and lab work-up done by your general practitioner to rule out any medical condition before seeing any therapist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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My nails have always been dark pink/red and a little purple at the base. In any situation. Should I be concerned? I fear heart disease. I m 19

My nails have always been dark pink/red and a little purple at the base. In any situation. Should I be concerned? I fear heart disease. I m 19

Hard to tell: It is very hard to tell without photos. Even with photos would be guessing. You need to provide more data. Would want to know if you have high hemoglobin, extra heart sounds, fixed s2 (racepinephrine). cold be cyanotic heart diseae or could be nothing. ...Read more

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Every morning when I wake up my feet are blotchy. It goes away after an hour. I am 33 and pretty healthy, but have a family history of heart disease.

Every morning when I wake up my feet are blotchy. It goes away after an hour. I am 33 and pretty healthy, but have a family history of heart disease.

See below: It is not clear what you mean by blotchy, however, if that is the only symptom, it is not a cause for concern. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What would cause excessive swelling in the feet who has heart disease and diabetes? Had triple bypass over 10 yrs ago & then stints

What would cause excessive swelling in the feet who has heart disease and diabetes? Had triple bypass over 10 yrs ago & then stints

2 things most likely: Hi. The condition you describe is volume overload, and in the patient you describe, either congestive heart failure and/or advanced kidney disease would be the most likely cause (s). That person should see his/her doctor for help with easing pump function and diuresis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Crp level of 7.3 does it mean infection or could it be something else like heart disease? Had infection on foot but heart disease runs in family.

Crp level of 7.3 does it mean infection or could it be something else like heart disease? Had infection on foot but heart disease runs in family.

Nonspecific marker: CRP is a nonspecific marker of inflammation. It is increased in all inflammatory disease states including cad. In the absence of another inflammatory condition CAD ought o be a consideration. A high CRP predicts a higher risk for cv events. ...Read more

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A 7 year old child has heart disease... Symptoms of as below :- (nail color turns blue high speed heart beats if he walks for a long way or play?

A 7 year old child has heart disease... Symptoms of as below :- (nail color turns blue high speed heart beats if he walks for a long way or play?

More Info Please: I am not certain what your question is, but I share your concern about your child. Cyanotic (i.e. Turning blue") heart disease can be serious and requires very close monitoring with often complex case. Please discuss these issues with the child's pediatric cardiologist as soon as possible. And please write back with more information so we can be of further assistance. ...Read more

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7mo with purple hands, legs, and feet. She is very white. Yesterday she was at the doctor and heart and lungs were fine. Is this due to cold weather?

7mo with purple hands, legs, and feet. She is very white. Yesterday she was at the doctor and heart and lungs were fine. Is this due to cold weather?

Workup/Mgt: I would advise checking your daughter's temperature. Babies can lose body heat quickly. Keep her head warm and she should have one more layer of clothing than older children. Since she is on albuterol and has had constipation, a screening test for CF should be confirmed to rule out CF.
Her pulse oximetry or oxygen saturation should be checked on arms and legs. If she has any distress, ED visit. ...Read more

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Hello, I've recently been experiencing right side numbness and weakness; weak hand grip and a bit of tingling. Also chest pains, I was referred to a cardiologist and awaiting tests. I'm only 18, high risk of diabetes, heart disease, & hypertension in my f

Hello, I've recently been experiencing right side numbness and weakness; weak hand grip and a bit of tingling. Also chest pains, I was referred to a cardiologist and awaiting tests. I'm only 18, high risk of diabetes, heart disease, & hypertension in my f

It is unlikely that: The cardiologist will be able to explain your multiple symptoms but he/she will be able to exclude a cardiac etiology for your chest pain. Then you will need to be evaluated for your other complaints. A neurologist evaluation would seem reasonable to exclude multiple sclerosis as a possibility. ...Read more

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What is the leading/main cause of heart disease in the U.S.?

What is the leading/main cause of heart disease in the U.S.?

Bad Habits: The majority of heart disease is a result of poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, possibly poor stress management & smoking or tobacco. In addition, genetics plays a role, as well as under treated hypertension, diabetes, and high bad cholesterol. Uncontrollable risk factors for heart disease include age (older), and gender (male). See PCP for risk factor screening and treatment. ...Read more

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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

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

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How many people in the U.S. die every year from heart disease?

How many people in the U.S. die every year from heart disease?

Heart Disease: Approximately 611, 105. See: http://www. Cdc. Gov/nchs/fastats/deaths. Htm ...Read more

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Does vitamin d really help heart disease? Does it protect your arteries

Does vitamin d really help heart disease? Does it protect your arteries

We don't really know: There is a lot of controversy among experts whether Vitamin D supplementation is really beneficial. In fact, the US Preventive Services Task Force very recently released new guidelines recommending against screening for Vitamin D deficiency because there is not enough good scientific evidence that taking Vitamin D is beneficial, except for prevention of falls in the elderly. ...Read more

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Why do people get heart disease?

Why do people get heart disease?

Interactions: Heart disease is often the result of environmental interactions and genetic predispositions. Some forms of heart diease are genetic, like some valvular abnormalities. Some are environmental, like exposure to toxins. Most are the result of some genetic predisposition or liklihood of developing a pathology and exposure in the environment that allows that predisposition to become manifest. ...Read more

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What people can get heart disease?

What people can get heart disease?

Heart Disease: Everybody...
Risk factors include genetics, untreated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, as well age and gender. ...Read more

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Can aptt test can clear heart disease?

No: No test can clear a disease and it is unlikely that one test completely rule out a disease. ...Read more

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What does structural heart disease mean?

What does structural heart disease mean?

Structural ht dz: The heart has 'structure', muscle, connective tissue, valves and other tissue. Structural heart disease means a problem with part of the heart's structure. ...Read more

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What can you do if you get heart disease?

Heart disease: There are many kinds of heart disease. You consult with your doctor and discuss what treatment is appropriate for the problem you have and how it can aaffect your life. ...Read more

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How common do heart disease occur in 20s?

How common do heart disease occur in 20s?

About 5%: To the best of my knowledge, it is around 5% or so. Congenital heart diseases is found more and more these days because children born with such are getting treated and survive into adulthood and reproducing!
if you have a strong family history, check with your doc regularly. ...Read more