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Is A Heart Murmur Still A Big Deal For Joining The Military
Depends: Heart murmur is not synonymous with a heart problem. A heart murmur is a sort of "squirting" sound that can be heard when listening to the heart with a stethoscope. Some of these "squirting" sounds are simply the sound of blood being "squirted" out of the heart (innocent murmurs) but they may also be the result of an abnormality of your heart. You should have yourself checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A heart murmur is a sound heard by a stethoscope made by the vibration of blood flow. It can be a normal finding in young healthy people, or can represent abnormal leakage (regurgitation) of a valve, valve narrowing (stenosis), or a congenital condition such as an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, ...Read more
A heart murmur...: ....Is an extra sound the heart makes, nothing more. Sometimes it means something is wrong (like a hole), and other times it does not. Children may have meaningless, "benign" heart murmurs with fever, dehydration, or at different ages. A hole in the heart is one of many possible causes of a murmur. It might be a tiny hole that closes on it's own, or it might be one that needs to be fixed. ...Read more
Why would a surgeon cancel your surgery because a heart murmur? What are the risk of being put under with a heart murmur in a 24yr old?
Death in Surgery: Because the number one complication in surgery is unexpected cardiac events. Your surgeon will need to know the extent of your history and get a sense for them and the surgery team how to get you safely through your surgery. ...Read more
I have heard there is a bit of a struggle between cardiologists and nephrologists; something about the heart vs. The kidneys. Any insights for why?
Too wet or too dry?: A weak heart (CHF) would like the cirulation to be "dry" i.e. Less fluid overload, in order to function better. The weak kidneys (chronic kidney disease or acute kidney injury) slows down if the circulation is dry. There is usually a happy medium between the two systems that both cardiologists and nephrologists are looking for. Also, some cardiac medicines slow down kidneys raising some debates. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I just had heart catheterization done n it shows a PDA moderate to latge with a very small posterolateral system. Help..What is the system thing?
Cardiology jargon: In describing the coronary artery anatomy, we use the term "system" to describe an artery and its associated small branches. The PDA is most commonly from the right coronary artery (rca). The rca may also supply a posterolateral (pl) system (then called a rpl), or a pl system may come off the left sided artery, the circumflex artery (then called the lpl). ...Read more
I had a heart stent put in feb 2011. No family history of heart problems. An avid runner. A vegetation for 26 yrs. I run a lot is this ok?
Yes: You are fine to continue your exercises. ...Read more
Is preparing and running full marathon once a year harmful for the heart. Asking because we saw a death in a local marathon.
Am kinda like in a cross road now, of either been a "physical therapy " or "physician assistant ". My question now is what would be a more rewarding career out of this two in term of employment, salary, and the educational aspect, I know they are two rewa
Totally different: Both very rewarding, but different. PT will be patient tx ,teaching,administration. PA will be same, but many different specialties to choose from. You must talk with people doing each, try to "shadow" them at workplace. Visit the schools as prospective student, and to see what the teaching is about. Check online for salary and job availability and satisfaction with job. Check need for masters/PhD ...Read more
I have a friend in the hospital with over 130 mmhg CO2 for the most part is incohearent but is concious. would a blood transfusion make a difference?
Orthopedic is there a way to corrrect a shorter leg and leg is turned outside from a knee dislocation at a very young age for this 22 y/o male...Any doctors that does this type of surgery just like a vet who turned the kitty legs because it was backwards?
THERE : There are answers to both problems. If all is intact above the tibial plateau (if you are talking about the same leg), a leg lengthening can be done up to a certain degree, and a derotation osteotomy can also be done. Gaining lenght is more limited than derotation. Both have limits and risks. If done at the same time more so. It can be done and it depends why you want it done. For function ok, cosmetic reasons no. Remember there is no problem so bad in orthopedics that it can't be made worse by surgery! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Groupon offers a ebct heart and lung scan for $57. Is it a necessary procedure or is it a scam. I've never had have heart disease, but my family has.
Heart scan: Ebct(electron beam ct scan) is an easy and fast test that can detect calcium deposits in your coronary arteries. The lung scan can detect lung nodules or masses. Ctscans do expose you to radiation, but there are defiinite benefits to early detection of coronary disease in people at risk (ie. Diabetes, smokers, strong family history of heart attacks). If it's a legit facility that's a great price! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Skip beats: How do you know it stopped? Were u wearing a monitor? If you just felt a skip and a pause that was probably a skip beat colled premature contraction the beat that follows feels stronger like a thump if you continue to feel it you should have a holster monitor placed to demonstrate what is happening at night. ...Read more
Is it possible for a aortic valve fragment to enter the bloodstream and settle in a hand? My father suffered from a staph infection (mssa) which became so out of control that he needed an emergency aortic and mitral valve replacement as well as a maze pro
That : That is a lot for someone to go through and it is remarkable that he survived such a severe infection! there are a number of things that can happen, the least likely of which is a piece of valve ending up in the hand. With severe endocarditis (infection in the heart), clots and clumps of bacteria can be thrown from the heart into the major vessels. From there the vessels get smaller and smaller and pieces can lodge in any of these. Some of them will dissolve and others can create scars or secondary infections. Depending on the valve used, it may be more or less fragile. Metal valves are unlikely to have particles break off, but i suppose it would be possible for a pig or cow valve to have a fragment. However, this is still very unlikely and it is more likely that a clump of bacteria, called a vegetation, escaped from the heart. Also, is the nodule even related to the endocarditis? There are any number of small nodules that occur in the hand. If this is causing symptoms, such as pain or numbness, or is increasing in size, it may need to be removed. It is best to have it looked at by a hand surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will having a heart condition, totally corrected as a child, disquailify me from joining the army now?
Specifics?: Check the following site to determine if your specific condition is disqualifying: http://www.Military.Com/join-armed-forces/disqualifiers-medical-conditions.Html. ...Read more
Is it legal and/or ethical for a doctor's office to have a wall of political propaganda in the waiting room?
It's legal: I agree. Unless the doctor works for the va/goverment office, it's legal for him/her to decorate whatever he wants in his own medical facility. That being said, it's unprofessional and could make patients uneasy. Politics and religion can evoke very strong feeling in people and it's best to leave those outside a medical office. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I have a friend that after having heart surgery twice because of a pericarditis, is at the ICU on life support. Do people recorver from life support?
Blue newborn!: Tga is a very severe cardiovascular anomaly because it can cause very low oxygen concentration in the blood going to the coronaries and carotids and prove lethal if untreated promptly and expertly. If a ventricular septal defect is present, the newborn can be more stable and interventions can be more planned and less emergent. Fetal life is ok - trouble starts as soon as the cord is clamped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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