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How does a cardiologist evaluate heart murmurs?

How does a cardiologist evaluate heart murmurs?

Look, listen, feel.: Good cards will look, listen and feel chest, neck and peripheral pulses. They will likely have you perform maneuvers such as squat, hand grip or breath hold. If necessary they may obtain cardiac echo which delineates valves, chambers and function of the heart. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. What is congenital heart disease?

Need expert advice. What is congenital heart disease?

Present at birth: Congenital heart disease and the term congenital heart defect are used interchangeably. Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart and/or the large blood vessels in the chest that are present at birth. There are dozens of different defects. Some have no real implication and some can have life-threatening consequences requiring multiple surgeries starting early in life. ...Read more

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What heart conditions require a heart transplant?

What  heart conditions require a heart transplant?

Usually Failure: The condition most commonly leading to heart transplantation is congestive heart failure. In the us, the most common cause of congestive heart failure is of course, coronary artery disease. However, other causes of cardiomyopathy (weakness of the muscle of the heart) such as viral or post-partum cardiomyopathy, etc. Can lead to it as well. ...Read more

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Can echocardiogram determine heart problems?

Can echocardiogram determine heart problems?

Depends : An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It looks at the valves, flow of blood ,and heart muscle function/strength/ and thickness. Having said that, it's the test of choice as there is no exposure to radiation to look for structural heart disease, if any. A resting echocardiogram is a pain less, benign abs often reveals quite a lot of information. ...Read more

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What specialty performs a cardiac echocardiogram?

What specialty performs a cardiac echocardiogram?

Cardiology: Cardiology will perform the majority of echocardiograms. If there is assessments of your vessels (carotid, aorta, veins) This may be done by vascular surgery cardiology, or radiology depending upon the referrer and local resources. In the setting pediatrics, it may be performed by a pediatric cardiologist or someone who specializes in fetal imaging. ...Read more

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Does cardiac MRI rule out structural heart disease better than an Echo?

Does cardiac MRI rule out structural heart disease better than an Echo?

MRI vs Echo: Both studies adequately image for structural heart disease. Having said that, there are differences and echo is usually done before one goes to an MRI unless there is something specifically imaged better by MRI that is being evaluated. ...Read more

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What patients get coronary heart disease?

What patients get coronary heart disease?

Many: Many different risk factors can lead to cad-some changeable, others not. Examples you can do something about include: smoking/tobacco, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol (& related) abnormalities, lack of exercise, obesity. Risks you can't change: family history, genetics, gender. Many people can get it-even those who don't "look" like they should, so get regular, thorough, proactive evals. ...Read more

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Can you he a cardiac surgeon and a heart transplant surgeon?

Can you he a cardiac surgeon and a heart transplant surgeon?

Yes: All heart transplant surgeons are cardiac surgeons. Not all cardiac surgeons practice heart transplants. ...Read more

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Hollow chest cavity , racing heart rate, murmur. Related?

Hollow chest cavity , racing heart rate, murmur. Related?

Maybe: Pectus excavatum is more common in folks with marfan-like illness, who in turn are more likely to have "barlow" degenerative mitral valve disease which in turn predisposes a person to supraventricular tachycardia. Your physician may give you an rx, but ask also about getting into really good aerobic shape to manage the svt -- generally this works great and may keep you off meds. ...Read more

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Does an echo rule out heart failure?

Yes: The 2d echocardiogram will give you an excellent assessment of the structural and functional status of the heart. Evaluate valvular function, ventricular function and pulmonary pressures. A possible exception may be the case of end stage renal failure and volume overload. ...Read more

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Rheumatic heart disease, could this cause you to have heart murmurs?

Rheumatic heart disease, could this cause you to have heart murmurs?

Yes: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart, most commonly the heart valves. Early cardiac findings of acute rheumatic fever include mitral insufficiency and aortic insufficiency. Long-term consequences of rheumatic heart disease include the development mitral stenosis and/or aortic stenosis. The tricuspid and pulmonary valves can also be affected. ...Read more

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How are heart transplant surgeon and heart surgeon different?

How are heart transplant surgeon and heart surgeon different?

Training: Cardiothoracic surgeons are trained the surgery of the heart, lungs, and congenital defects. Cardiac transplant surgeons have this level of training, and in addition, are specifically trained in cardiac and lung transplantation. ...Read more

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Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure. - In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggestive of heart failure ...Read more

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Can I have parakeets with a leaky heart valve and irregular heart beat ?

Can I have parakeets with a leaky heart valve and irregular heart beat ?

Zoonotic disease : Transmitted to human from animals and viceversa. Birds can transmit diseases to human. Two risk factors that i can think. If you are inmunocompromise from a disease like aids or from drugs. And if you have a congenital heart disease repair or history of endocarditis. Few cases of chlamydia psittaci causing valvular heart disease in the past. Proper hygiene important. Consult cardiology. ...Read more