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Doctor insights on: Left Heart Ventriculography

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I have a pain on my left side by my heart?

I have a pain on my left side by my heart?

See your doctor: Pains in the left side of your chest is signs of a heart attach, angina, costochondritis, and/or blockages in the arteries. You should seek medical attention, and if the pain worsen before your doctor can see you, go to your nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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With a vsd, why is the left heart overloaded?

With a vsd, why is the left heart overloaded?

Vsd: Too much blood going from left to right and therefore tooucb blood to the lungs which return to left side of the heart and leads to left ventricular dilation. .. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Right v left-sided heart failure?

Right v left-sided heart failure?

Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time. ...Read more

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What is left-sided heart failure from?

What is left-sided heart failure from?

Left ventricle: The left ventricle is dysfunctional either during systole (squeezing). Or diastole (relaxing) or both. In either case, forward flow of blood through the heart to the body is impaired. This leads to blood backing up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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What is hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

What is hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

A congenital defect: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs) is a specific type of congenital heart defect that consists of varying degrees of underdevelopment of the left-sided heart structures including the mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and aortic arch. Hlhs most likely has a genetic cause and occurs early during fetal development, however the genes involved have not yet been entirely elucidated. ...Read more

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What cuases hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

What cuases hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Multifactorial.: 2-6% recurrence risk with 1-2 prior affected siblings and up to 25% risk with rare familial autosomal recessive forms - both point to genetic underpinnings. The pathological changes center around severe aortic and mitral valve stenoses and hypoplasia/interruption of the aortic arch. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, what to do?

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, what to do?

Major defect: Limited options & generally fatal in 1st month w/o surgery. First must check for associated conditions: genetic, neurological, other conditions might preclude surgical intervention. Even in ideal candidate, options are generally transplant or staged palliation (series of 3 major surgeries in the first few years of life with a lifetime of care and potential procedures). It's a hard road. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is hypoplastic left heart syndrome cured?

How is hypoplastic left heart syndrome cured?

It cannot be cured: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs) is a congenital defect that occurs early during fetal development and it cannot be cured; babies are born with it. It is possible to treat hlhs with surgical and/or catheter-based therapies, but the anatomic defects cannot be reversed. There are newer fetal interventions under investigation that may improve the outcomes, but they also are not curative. ...Read more

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What is a left fascicular block in your heart?

What is a left fascicular block in your heart?

Left fascicular bloc: The hearts conduction system has a right bundle and a left bundle. The left 'bundle' has both anterior and posterior fascicles. When one or the other fascicles has conduction block, we call this fascicular block. The left anterior is the most common. This explanation is a bit of an oversimplification to fascilitate understanding. ...Read more

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What happens if someone has left heart failure?

What happens if someone has left heart failure?

Usually: This is a very complicated question, and we only have 400 characters, but it generally involves inadequate pumping function of the heart. This ultimately manifests with the buildup of fluid, usually in the lungs, belly and legs, and (in severe cases) decreases in blood pressure and the blood flow to vital organs like the kidneys. The whole process is called decompensation. ...Read more

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What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

Right heart failure: Right heart failure refers to weakness or stiffness involving the right ventricle or lower chamber as opposed to the left ventricle. This causes a unique constellation of symptoms including swelling in abdomen and legs, liver malfunction, weakness and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

Multiple: Physical examination, chest x-ray, bnp (brain natruretic peptide) are the tools used most of the time. In some cases, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization are required. ...Read more

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Danger in right to left heart shunting of blood?

Danger in right to left heart shunting of blood?

Shunt: R to l shunting moves deoxygenated blood into the systemic circulation so less oxygen gets delivered to the tissues. It also makes it possible for venous clots to get into the arterial system. This is not good. ...Read more

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What is hyproplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs)?

What is hyproplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs)?

Hypoplastic: The left side of the heart fails to develop. This devastating birth defect was once always fatal but now a series of complex surgeries often enable survival, if not good health. Some ethicists believe parents may refuse the surgery on behalf of the child; some do not, but our laws making heart transplantation difficult work badly for these children. I wish the family strength & good guidance. ...Read more

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Can you explain hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Can you explain hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Complex heart defect: 2-6% recurrence risk with 1-2 prior affected siblings and up to 25% risk with rare familial autosomal recessive forms - both point to genetic underpinnings for hlhs. The pathological changes center around severe aortic and mitral valve stenoses and hypoplasia/interruption of the aortic arch. ...Read more

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How is hypoplastic left heart syndrome diagnosed?

How is hypoplastic left heart syndrome diagnosed?

Ultrasound + cath: The DX is possible from a cardiac ultrasound & a cardiac cauterization. ...Read more

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What to do about hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

What to do about hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Major defect: Limited options & generally fatal in 1st month w/o surgery. First must check for associated conditions: genetic, neurological, other conditions might preclude surgical intervention. Even in ideal candidate, options are generally transplant or staged palliation (series of 3 major surgeries in the first few years of life with a lifetime of care and potential procedures). It's a hard road. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a hypoplastic left heart?

Do not survive: True hypoplastic left heart babies do not survive long enough to have symptoms (other than being cyanotic and very short of breath), they are usually diagnosed very quickly at birth and will have to have life-saving surgery within a few days of birth. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

Swelling: The left side of the heart pumps blood throughout your body. When it fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath with little exertion, swelling of the feet and legs, fluid build-up in the lungs, and difficulty sleeping flat due to shortness of breath. Medications and diet are important for this disease! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). ...Read more

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Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Congestive heart fai: CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. It affects the whole body and all its systems. ...Read more

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Why do I have left side chest pain around the heart?

Why do I have left side chest pain around the heart?

Not enough info: See a doctor. Who can even guess about the cause without asking more questions and examining you? Heart disease is always possible. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my upper left ribs by my heart. Why?

Chest pain: Chest wall pain in the rib cage can be sharp and aggravated by palpation or deep inspiration. Movements like chest expansion/contraction bring on the pain. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

Symptoms overlap: By symptoms alone sometimes its difficult. A thorough history and physical exam along with an echocardiogram usually goes along way to making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Shooting pains in left fist and heart problems related?

Shooting pains in left fist and heart problems related?

Possibly: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more