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Mass Between Heart And Lungs
Mass: Close to heart is dangerous but could be benign like thymus or malignant, depends on what it is from. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
My girlfriend has a large cancerous mass sitting in her chest and its putting pressure on her heart and lungs. Any idea what type cancer this is?
You need to ask her: If this is your girlfriend and she's seriously sick, she's been informed of the nature of her cancer and if a diagnosis has not yet been made, it will be in a day or so, probably by needle biopsy. This is the era of patient privacy and you'll need to ask her what the diagnosis is. ...Read more
What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.
Extremely serious: Even in your brief description, you mention 2 worrisome features: size and proximity to the aorta. It's beyond the scope of this forum to speculate on his prognosis, but I think you're aware that your father is in trouble. Talk with his oncologist. There are several types of lung cancer and some are more sensitive to chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. ...Read more
My husband has had a bad aching sensation just slightly lateral to sternum, near nipple line level. His heart has been checked twice and it's not abnormal. Any ideas on the cause? Acid reflux? Tendon or ligament injury? Possible chest mass? Thank you!
I sometimes have sharp pain on left side between heart and lungs. I was born with a heat murmur. What are the symptoms for heart murmurs?
Sharp chest pain: Sharp pains usually indicate something other than cardiac pain. If you were born with a murmur, do you have a diagnosis? Just knowing you were born with a murmur does not allow me to advise you further. ...Read more
Diet & exercise: Attain and maintain normal weight. Follow a vegetarian or mediterranean diet. Exercise 30 minutes or more daily. Don't smoke. Wear your seatbelt. If you own a firearm, keep it locked. Get enough sleep. Keep a cheerful outlook. Stay involved in activities you enjoy and find meaningful. If you're so inclined, help others do the same. ...Read more
?: Since an accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of therapy, I would advise pursuing an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Many: There are multiple machines they can do this. For example the tandem heart, ecmo, and ventricular assist devices. ...Read more
Much: The stethoscope can hear the heart's rate, rhythm, and any abnormalities like rubs, clicks, extra beatsetc for the lung, it can hear clear breath sounds, diminished breath sounds, crackles, wheezing, rales, etc. The stethoscope is not perfect but its a great tool way to start an examination. ...Read more
Yes: Your heart keeps beating at all times. ...Read more
Ejection fraction: The 20% you read is called ejection fraction and it usually is the left side of the heart. If you imagine a tank getting 100, it puts out 20 of it each time. The next beat another 100 goes in and puts out 20. Now 160 is accommodated in there, it will overflow backward to the lungs and cause too much pressure there that fluid sweats out hence the CHF and pulmonary edema. Simple to look at it. ...Read more
Could you tell me what is the percentage of oxygen returned to the heart after it leaves the lungs?
Might it be possible that a a heart get temporarily weak if your lungs are not functioning and then recover?
Lung: If the blood is not adequately oxygenated because of lung disease, the heart could malfunction and recover with good oxygenation. ...Read more
I woke up and it felt like my heart was stuck. It felt like someone was stabbing my lungs. Slept on my left side. It really hurts?
Chest pain: At your age it is very unlikely to be heart related. However, more information is needed about the characteristic of the pain, location, associated modifier factors, and and so on to give you a possible cause. At your age, muscleskeletal pain is the most likely explanation but you should go a visit your physician if no improvement. ...Read more
Skin and bones!: Our skin and muscles offer protection to other internal organs! ...Read more
All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not function properly, usually lungs get congested, the valves on the right side (pulmonic and tricuspid) can affect the lungs usually if they are atretic (small) at birth, leading to underdevelopment of the lungs. ...Read more
Walking works: Any exercise is good. Do something you enjoy and you'll be more likely to do it! Walking is perfectly good exercise. Take earphones and your MP3 player or bring your best friend with you. Bicycling and swimming are excellent too. Yoga's good. Golf, tennis, basketball. Go for it! ...Read more
Nothing you can do: Just be there for him. It's scary and he'll appreciate knowing he's not going through it alone. ...Read more
Be there: Be there. Spend time with him. Let him know you with him through the process. Let him reminisce. Relate your positive childhood experiences. Good luck to him and to you! ...Read more
Checking: Well you should see a physician regularly and then he or she can check these organs, as well as others to make sure that you are well. ...Read more
No: This not terminal and is often treatable. The question is what is causing fluid on the lungs? This is usually a separate process from pericardial effusion. Echocardiography will provide important information about heart strength and valvular function. Treatment for pulmonary edema involves diuretics in addition to other potential medications. ...Read more
No, it does not: Heart is within a sac called the pericardium. Pericardium is in contact with the lungs. ...Read more
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