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How does the vagus nerve relate to heart disease?

How does the vagus nerve relate to heart disease?

Brake on the heart: The vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) is the "brake" on the heart. When it is activated it slows down the heart. In heart disease, it can be either helpful or part of the problem, depending on the particular disease process at work. If it's over-active, it can force the heart to beat to slowly. If it isn't working, it can let the heart beat to fast. ...Read more

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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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Hi doctor can you tell me Abilify (aripiprazole) medicine with 15mg can use or can't use for the heart disease nerve ?

Hi doctor       can you tell me Abilify (aripiprazole) medicine with 15mg can use or can't use for the heart disease nerve ?

Abilify (aripiprazole)?: Abilify (aripiprazole) is antipsychotic medication and used for psychosis , sever depression that is not responding to antidepressant. Alone and bad, u should not use it without u doctor recommendation. ...Read more

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Shooting pain in left arm for 2 days. No chest pain. What could this be, other than a pinched nerve? Could it be sign of heart disease?

Shooting pain in left arm for 2 days. No chest pain. What could this be, other than a pinched nerve? Could it be sign of heart disease?

Not likely heart: Shooting pain is most often associated with a nerve problem, as you suggested. It is rare to find heart problems in your age group, and shooting pains rarely reflect heart disease in any patient group. So a cardiac cause is most unlikely. ...Read more

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How do catecholamine levels relate to heart disease?

How do catecholamine levels relate to heart disease?

Many ways: Catecholamines (Adrenaline) can increase blood pressure, or act directly on the hearts nervous system to cause palpitations/raise heart rate. Artificial catecholamines mimic exercise/stress and can increase the demands on the heart. Thus, caution must be taken in someone who has heart disease. Exercise can prevent heart disease, but may need primary doctor evaluation before starting program. ...Read more

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How does alcoholism relate to heart disease?

How does alcoholism relate to heart disease?

Myocardiopathy: Weakens heart muscle but also effects multiple systems which also indirectly adversely effects the heart. ...Read more

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How common is heart disease among women?

How common is heart disease among women?

Heart disease/ Women: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and also a leading cause of disability in women. Heart disease kills more women than cancer. It is extremely important to have regular checkups and see your physician concerning preventing heart disease and other diseases. ...Read more

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Can kids get heart disease from fried foods?

Can kids get heart disease from fried foods?

Yes: The earliest signs of coronary artery disease have been seen in young people, at autopsy, killed in car accidents or on the battlefield. Although symptoms may not occur until later in life, the disease begins in young people. It is important to develop healthy habits early in life. ...Read more

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Who can tell me what can heart disease lead to?

Who can tell me what can heart disease lead to?

Death and disability: Heart disease, untreated, is the leading cause of death and disability in the us. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more