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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.


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Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

See above: Diet sodas have multiple issues, but as far as the heart is concerned the issue is their caffeine, please refer to my earlier answer regarding caffeine and the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Irv Loh
507 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 secondhand 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, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are 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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Kidney collapsed caused high blood pressure and heart problems is it true and what is the cure. He is 62 yrs old?

Kidney collapsed caused high blood pressure and heart problems is it true and what is the cure. He is 62 yrs old?

Hard to say: High blood pressure can cause heart problems and kidney failure. Kidney failure can cause high blood pressure and in turn causes heart problems. Several medications are available to control blood pressure and to help with heart problems. ...Read more

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What're ways and foods I can eat to prevent my risk of future heart problems?

What're ways and foods I can eat to prevent my risk of future heart problems?

Heart problems: Ideally healthy diet should start from an early age. Avoiding fats, cholesterol containing foods, cutting down on red meat, using more of white meat, plenty of vegetables and fruits, avoiding fried foods, and eating a balanced regulated calorie diet. Also alcohol in moderation, (red wine), no smoking no street drugs. Good luck! live long! ...Read more

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How come slim people have heart problems--drugs, tobacco, anorexia?

How come slim people have heart problems--drugs, tobacco, anorexia?

Slim people: Slim people does not mean always healthy. They can also be affected with atherosclerosis leading to heart problems. More so when they smoke and use drugs as well. ...Read more

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Can I take the pill if I have heart problems?

Can I take the pill if I have heart problems?

Birth control pill: Can possibly increase risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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What are some lifestyle decisions I should make to avoid heart problems?

What are some lifestyle decisions I should make to avoid heart problems?

Know: Your blood pressure and cholesterol, and seek consultation if either elevated.
Eat a diet low in saturated fats, high in fiber, with generous amounts of fruit and vegetables. Do aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Do not smoke! ...Read more

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Hi o wanted to ask you i want to start intterval training but its real hard last time i did it my heart rate went to 200 BPM will i get heart problems?

Hi o wanted to ask you i want to start intterval training but its real hard last time i did it my heart rate went to 200 BPM will i get heart problems?

Unlikely: It is unlikely to develop heart problems from exercising. A standard maximum heart rate can be roughly estimated by the formula 220-(age). In you case, your maximum heart rate would be 220-22=198. If you start to feel dizzy or lightened while you exercise, you should slow down. Also, if your heart rate doesn't slow down when you stop exercising, you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some genetic heart problems?

What are some genetic heart problems?

Many: The most troublesome that are inherited in mendelian fashion are the channelopathies (long qt, brugada, others) that can cause sudden death without warning. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (common) is dominant, friedreich's ataxia (less common) a sherman's paradox dominant, there are a host of risk genes for atherosclerosis, and hundred of rare genetic syndrome that can include heart malformation. ...Read more

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Can you inherit congenital heart problems from your grandfather?

Can you inherit congenital heart problems from your grandfather?

Hard to predict: The frequency of a congenital heart defect of any kind is 1/2 to 1% of all live births. The information involved is located on many different genes, so direct inheritance is rare.A parent has only a 4% risk of passing chd of any type to their child, while two parents with some form of chd twice the risk.Genetic counseling can define your specific risks and identify conditions where this may be more. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my family (especially the males) has a history of heart problems. does this put me more at risk?

What do you suggest if my family (especially the males) has a history of heart problems. does this put me more at risk?

Yes: You're at risk. I suggest you develop or continue the healthiest lifestyle you can: no smoking, ideal body weight, daily exercise, Mediterranean Diet, good BP control. After you institute the above, get your cholesterol checked - if it's outrageous, consider prophylactic statin treatment. Start low dose aspirin 10 years younger than your youngest relative with heart disease. Get regular checkups. ...Read more

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What are some common heart problems?

What are some common heart problems?

Heart Disease: Common heart problems include coronary artery disease (heart attacks), CHF (failing heart), valvular problems (aortic and mitral disease for the most part), and cardiac arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation and palpitations/syncope). ...Read more

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Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

See above: Diet sodas have multiple issues, but as far as the heart is concerned the issue is their caffeine, please refer to my earlier answer regarding caffeine and the heart. ...Read more

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Can a 23yo female have heart problems?

Can a 23yo female have heart problems?

Sure...: That is a very nonspecific question. Newborns can have heart problems and every age thereafter. Certain issues such as coronary artery disease and heart attacks are less likely at 23 years of age then when older. There are a variety of "heart problems", if want a more specific answer then this I would suggest you ask again with more details or see your doctor if you are concerned about yourself ...Read more

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What are some signs of heart problems?

What are some signs of heart problems?

None to many: Heart disease may exist silently for decades and still be lethal. Symptoms are for the lucky ones that then have an opportunity to sort them out before catastrophe. Common symptoms may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations, but need to know that women may have somewhat different symptoms. Risk factor assessment/management and judicious testing may help. ...Read more

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Can taking acid lead to heart problems?

Can taking acid lead to heart problems?

Why take acid?: Our diet to some extent contain acidic substances. That to my knowledge does not have any effect on the heart. ...Read more

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What are some non-serious heart problems?

What are some non-serious heart problems?

See doctor: It's always better to be safer than sorry, if you think you have a heart problem. Thus, it's best to see your doctor for a thorough history and physical exam, along with appropriate testing, to make sure you're not having a serious heart problem. With that said, most healthy people will experience, occasional skipped (premature) beats, that are very rarely serious. ...Read more