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Dr. Irv Loh
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Heart Problems (Overview)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart vessels including heart attacks.


Dr. Irv Loh
491 doctors shared insights

Heart Problems (Overview)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart vessels including heart attacks.


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Does a heart flutter mean heart problems?

Does a heart flutter mean heart problems?

Not necessarily: Fluttering in the chest, depending on one's sensitivity, may reflect some irregularity in the heart rhythm. Those may be normal for any given person, but indeed may be a harbinger of something more serious. Discussing this with your doctor will allow your doctor to get some tests (ecg, holter or event monitor, possibly an echocardiogram and/or stress test, and blood work) to sort this out. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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My grandmother was on a vent after weakening from congestive heart failure..Why treat breathing if heart problem?

My grandmother was on a vent after weakening from congestive heart failure..Why treat breathing if heart problem?

Resting the heart: Breathing involves a lot energy and muscle work; if your heart is not strong enough to perform the work that is involved in breathing then you try to rest the heart by having a machine breathe for you. ...Read more

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Can you have marfan's syndrome and not have any heart problems?

Can you have marfan's syndrome and not have any heart problems?

Yes, but be careful!: Marfan syndrome can lead to very dangerous enlargement of the aorta (aneurysm) and leaky heart valves. Patients with marfan need regular followup with a cardiologist! ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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I am trying to figure out if I have a serious maybe fatal if not treated heart problem? Hello, I am 19 years of age. I have been having these heart pains for awhile and remember having my first one at 9 years old. I was alone though and just cried. They o

I am trying to figure out if I have a serious maybe fatal if not treated heart problem? Hello, I am 19 years of age. I have been having these heart pains for awhile and remember having my first one at 9 years old. I was alone though and just cried. They o

The : The most important thing you left out in your post is if you have seen a doctor for this problem. If not you must do so immediately. Chest pain in any age group is worrisome. You could be dealing with something such as asthma or more seriously a heart condition. Regardless you need a complete history, physical, ekg, and cxr. I hope you find answers soon. ...Read more

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Is eecp treatment good for patients with heart problems? Please advise!

Is eecp treatment good for patients with heart problems? Please advise!

EECP: EECP is a treatment which can be tried in patients with coronary artery disease which is unresponsive to the more effective treatments like medication and bypass/angioplasty. There is some evidence it may help some patients with congestive heart failure but again there are more effective treatments so it isn't something one goes to early in treatment. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Dad age 76.Admitted w/ swelling legs & kidneys operating at 2.36%.History of heart problems. What can this mean going forward in symptoms/treatments?

Dad age 76.Admitted w/ swelling  legs & kidneys operating at 2.36%.History of heart problems. What can this mean going forward in symptoms/treatments?

Depends : The swelling could be from decompensated heart failure with decreased blood flow subsequently to the kidneys (causing cardiorenal syndrome) in which the kidneys will improve slightly when the heart failure is appropriately treated and compensated. The swelling could also be kidney related if the heart disease is chronic. If this is the cause it depends if this kidney injury is acute and reversible. ...Read more

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