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Is Pectus Excavatum Going To Affect My Heart Over Time
If severe: In severe pectus deformity, pediatric patients experience excersise intolerance, lack of stamina because of dyspnea, sometimes chest pains, mitral valve prolapse, experience palpitations and recurrent respiratory tract disease. Therefore if the pectus deformity is so mild that did not get repaired early in life, chances of cardiac problems are less. ...Read more
I sufffer from pectus excavatum and have a tachicardy (caused by (anxiety), can i do exercise without being at risk of heart failure?
Cardiac conditions: need to be evaluated by a cardiologist in person prior to any exercise. If you are cleared for exercise consider getting a personal trainer at a gym to create a personalized plan for you. Exercise can help w/anxiety. See www.relaxationresponse.org Peace and good health. . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing: Pectus excavatum is a condition characterized by overgrowth of the cartilage of the chest wall causing a depression of the breastbone (sternum). This can press on the heart causing a murmur. Surgical fixation is usually not needed unless there are severe symptoms, usually shortness of breath or exercise intolerance. ...Read more
Doubtful: I couldn't locate a controlled study on long-term effects if surgery is not done. In most cases the condition is cosmetic, and there were no reported deaths. Severe pectus excavatum does decrease lung and cardiac function, however, basically through compression and smaller volumes. A pediatric surgeon would be able to give you a better idea of the future after checking the individual patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Pectus excavatum is a sunken sternum caused by abnormal growth backwards of your costal cartilages, which connect your ribs to the sternum. This can get worse to varying degress over time, but usually slows down once your growth (in height) slows down. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im going in for the nuss procedure on my pectus excavatum in 2 months time and am curious to how long it takes until the pain goes away?
It depends: It really depends on how stiff your chest wall is. This usually correlates with age, the older you are, the more painful it will be. You will be in-hospital after repair for 4-5 days receiving iv pain medications. Typically, most patients are taking narcotics for 2 weeks after repair, and then any discomfort can be controlled with ibuprofen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was told I have pectus excavatum. Will that affect my health later on in life, and affect my social life?
Depends on you: A pectus excavatum can cause cardiac or pulmonary issues if it is deep enough to cause significant pressure or displacement of the heart or lungs. This usually presents in childhood or adolescence. How it affects your social life is more related to your self image or self confidence. ...Read more
I have pectus excavatum, but without any simptoms. Will it affect my pregnency when i decide to have children?
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