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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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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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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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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