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Maternal Hypertension Later In Life
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
Not possible: PKU is not a disease you can get.It is based on mistakes in the genes where the protein cannot be metabolized properly.Your body gets 2 copies of the gene, if one is defective, the other can do the work, but if you are born with 2 defective genes you have the problem at birth.Once you start consuming protein, your metabolism can't process the phenylalanine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: PKU is a genetic disease that you are born with. Newborn screening helps to diagnose this disease and guides the treatment. Having it diagnosed later in life leads to more problems. A special diet low in phenylalanine is the treatment. During pregnancy it is particularly important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
34wk gestation, severe brain damage with only the brainstem active. Life expectancy? Quality of life?
Defer to Local Docs: I am very saddened to hear of this tragedy. Your question does not clarify if this is the mother or the infant with this traumatic situation. But, regardless, this situation is very severe and i would defer to the team caring for the patient on the ground in person. ...Read more
How does childhood obesity affect the chances of someone developing hypertension later on in life?
Had eclampsia in 1st preg, hypertension in 2nd which led to foetal death at 29wks. Now diagnosed with essential hypertension. Pregnant now. Help?
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Can smoking during pregnancy cause mental illness and physical health complications later in a child's life?
Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?
Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more
Can woman who donates a kidney live normal life? What care must she take?risk in pregnancy? Is there lowered life expectancy? risk of kidney failure?
Depends: Most of us need one well-functioning kidney to live normally. However, one needs to think seriously before deciding to become a living donor. After all, it is a major surgery (mortality rate 2-3 in 10,000) and it requires general anesthesia. Recent studies have shown that former donors do have slightly higher chance of pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pre-eclampsia). ...Read more
Possibly: 2 vessel umbelical cord is interestingly related to renal abnormalities. one of the causes of persistant hypertension at an early age is involved with the renin angiotensin mechanism related to the vascular supply and integrety of the kidney ...Read more
No one fixed answer: The real risk depends on other comorbid conditions such as the state of coronary and peripheral vessels , the condition of the cardiovascular system , the presense of diabetes and lipid levels . Also how compliant the patient is with thier medications and folow up with neurlogist pcp and cardiologist. ...Read more
OB hypertension: Hypertension in pregnancy can lead "pre-eclampsia" as it is one of the components which also include a syndrome of elevated blood platelets, pedal edema, and decreased kidney filtration etc. You will need to be examined more frequently by your OB md during this pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on weight.: If you lose the weight you gain during a pregnancy, having had gestational diabetes, your risk of diabetes later in life goes back down to your baseline risk (based on family history and other factors). If you keep the extra weight you may have gained during your pregnancy, your subsequent risk of diabetes may be as high as 60%! ...Read more
What is life expectancy for male in early 60s who is afflicted with end stage renal disease, diabetes, and chf?
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