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How can pericarditis lead to a cardiac tamponade?

Fluid accumulation: Serous or bloody fluid accumulates in response to the irritation -itis! it only takes a small amount to fill the pericardial sac and compress the heart-tamponade. ...Read more

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Dr. Russell Merritt
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Cardiac Tamponade (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much fluid in the sac that surrounds their heart. As the sac gets tighter and full of liquid, the heart has less room to expand, so the heart contains less and less blood to pump out, thus causing inadequate ...Read more


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How a pneumothorax can cause heart to shift?

How a pneumothorax can cause heart to shift?

Closed space: The chest cavity is a closed space so if there is a puncture in the lung, air escapes through the lining of the lung into the surrounding chest cavity. Since it can't escape, the pressure increases pushing everything to the other side of the chest, including the heart. Decompression with a needle or tube is then necessary to relieve the pressure and allow the heart to shift back into place. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how propofol may cause heart dysfunction leading to cardiac arrest?

Can you tell me how propofol may cause heart dysfunction leading to cardiac arrest?

Anesthesia: Propofol is an anesthesia. It goes to the brain, and depresses the breathing center. This causes hypoxia to all tissues including the heart. The hypoxia also causes acidosis from anaerobic respiration, and vasodilatation and drop in bp. This all lead to hypoxia of tissues including heart muscles, and eventual death of tissues. ...Read more

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Can pericardial effusion lead to myocardial infarction or other serious consequence?

Can pericardial effusion lead to myocardial infarction or other serious consequence?

It can: If it is very large it can lead to tamponade, which can be fatal if the fluid is not removed. ...Read more

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What can lead to coronary heart disease?

What can lead to coronary heart disease?

Lots of things: Among the more preventable causes of heart disease are smoking, being overweight, type 2 diabetes, poor exercise and eating habits, high cholesterol and excessive alcohol intake. If you have a family history of heart disease then you need to be especially careful to manage these risk factors. The american heart association has some great resources at www.Heart.Org. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

Can you tell me how heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

Resistance: Lungs are low resistance organs with failure of the heart to pump or fill the lungs are exposed to increased pressure which in time injures them ...Read more

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How often does diet lead to a heart attack or stroke?

How often does diet lead to a heart attack or stroke?

Very often.: In western industrialized societies, diet is possibly the most important risk factor for developing coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease (affecting the brain circulation). ...Read more

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How can heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

How can heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

Yes: poorly optimized HF therapy, or long standing valvular heart disease can lead to pulmonary hypertension and damage to the lung blood vessels. ...Read more

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How long can a person be in cardiac arrest and ressurect?

How long can a person be in cardiac arrest and ressurect?

Survival rate : Of people that receive initial emergency treatment by ambulance is less than 5%, with 15% returning to spontaneous circulation. With defibrillation within 3-5mins the survival can increase to 30%. Survival depend on the cause of the arrest, circumstances, age. Every minute without oxygen to the organs, specially the brain, decrease the recovery without permanent damage. ...Read more

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Can heartburn lead to a heart attack?

Can heartburn lead to a heart attack?

No : Heartburn does not cause heart attacks. However, both can cause chest pain. If you have new or worsening chest pain, go to the er immediately. It may just be heartburn but you don't know for sure until heart attack is ruled out. Heartburn is easily treatable, not permanent or life-threatening, and reversible. Heart attacks are none of those. ...Read more

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How can CHF lead to pulmonary edema?

How can CHF lead to pulmonary edema?

Back up of fluiud: In CHF the heart either can't pump blood/fluid forward or is unable to relax to allow blood/fluid to fill the chambers. These are known as systolic and diastolic heart failure. The fluid in turn will back up into the lungs as the heart & lung are connected. When the fluid overcomes the ability of the lungs to pump it the condition is known as pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pulmonary edema to worsen and lead to heart failure?

How long does it take for pulmonary edema to worsen and lead to heart failure?

Backwards: Pulmonary edema doesn't cause heart failure, it is one symptom of heart failure (although other things can cause pulmonary edema as well). ...Read more

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Does scar tissue developed after heart attack can lead to heart failure?

Does scar tissue developed after heart attack can lead to heart failure?

Yes: The area that is scarred does not work and help in the pumping and the heart gets weaker. The scarred tissue also impedes the contraction and makes the pumping even weaker, and it does not conduct electrical current like the normal muscles. The weaker heart, puts out less blood that goes in the heart, hence, the heart failure. ...Read more

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How high would your heart rate have to be to cause cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac arrest?

How high would your heart rate have to be to cause cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac arrest?

Depends...: There are heart rhythmn disorders that do not begin with an elevated heart rate. Not all cardiac arrhythmias are due to an elevated heart rate. There are rhythmn disorders that have a normal heart rate or even a slow heart rate. A normal or slow heart rate does not rule put an arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What can be done to improve heart function after a mi resulting in a ventricular aneurism?

What can be done to improve heart function after a mi resulting in a ventricular aneurism?

Stabilize: Do all the good choices no smoking good diet careful exercize monitor bp, cholesterol etf echo followup, of the ventricular aneurysm, some need surgery. ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur lead to a heart attack or any other serious condition?

Can a heart murmur lead to a heart attack or any other serious condition?

Heart murmur: depends on the type of murmur, often murmurs are benign. get to the doctor for a 2-D echo ...Read more

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Can you have heart failure without a myocardial infarction?

Can you have heart failure without a myocardial infarction?

The quick answer is : Yes. Heart failure refers to the inability of the heart to pump properly and thus resulting in accumulation of fluid in the lung. This is called systolic heart failure. There is also diastolic or right sided heart failure and those symptoms are a bit different. Myocardial infarction refers to poor blood supply to the heart resulting in the death of heart tissue. This could result in heart failure. ...Read more

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition in which you experience an inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place ...Read more


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more