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My mother has aortic aneurysm. What should I tell her?

My mother has aortic aneurysm. What should I tell her?

Specialist referral: She needs to be seen by a specialist (typically a vascular surgeon) who can evaluate the anerysm and determine a need for treatment versus repeat imaging in the future. As importantly, you and any other family members need to be checked as there is a genetic component to aortic aneurysms (which means you or your siblings are also at risk). ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more


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My sister has heart failure. What should I tell her?

My sister has heart failure. What should I tell her?

Cause and drugs: She needs to know what caused her heart failure first, then there are medications that can help in alevating her symptoms. ...Read more

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My mother has pigeon-chest. What should I tell her?

My mother has pigeon-chest. What should I tell her?

Stay call: This a congenital deformity. Pt needs to keep active, avoid fumes & smoking (as everybody should), postural exercises. Be check by a pmr or orthopedic doctor to reviewed any other problem & if any severe problem & check a pulmonasry function to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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My father has cerebellar hemorrhage. What should I tell him?

My father has cerebellar hemorrhage. What should I tell him?

Control BP: Cerebellar hemorrhage may result in permanent deficits but often also may not. The most frequent cause is uncontrolled hypertension. If your dad is doing ok after the initial event, i would recomend he get his BP under control and maintain other cardiotonic therapies such as diet exercize statins as appropriate ...Read more

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My mother has coronary artery disease. What should I tell her?

My mother has coronary artery disease. What should I tell her?

Good options: Eat healthy, exercise regularly per doctor's direction, quit smoking, take medications needed to treat angina, cholesterol and blood pressure and aspirin. Your cardiologist may recommend a stent or bypass surgery based upon severity of the disease. Reassure your mother that a lot can be done to treat her condition. ...Read more

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My mother has bleeding in brain. What should I tell her?

My mother has bleeding in brain. What should I tell her?

Close monitoring: Any bleeding in the brain is extremely serious and potentially life threatening. She needs close monitoring and vigilant followup with a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What should my mom do if she has been diagnosed with a 9mm cerebral berry aneurysm?

What should my mom do if she has been diagnosed with a 9mm cerebral berry aneurysm?

See specialist: Without further information it will be difficult to give a specific recommendation. She will probably be best served by seeing a neurosurgeon who specializes in aneurysm treatment (either by surgery or via endovascular treatment through the groin) to discuss the issues and the options and come to a decision. Factors to consider are the location of the aneurysm, family history, age and preferences. ...Read more

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My mother has chickenpox. What should I tell her?

My mother has chickenpox. What should I tell her?

Chicken pox: Chicken pox is a self-limited infection. However, in patients outside of childhood the symptoms can be much more severe with complications not usually seen in children. Since chicken pox is not a very common disease (most of us have either had the disease or have been vaccinated) i would make sure the diagnosis is certain. You really should have someone have a look at her. ...Read more

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How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made mommy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if mommy is away trying to get better. Let her ask when ready but repeat often. ...Read more

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My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

"ask your doctor": Is your father in the hospital? What part of the body has compartment syndrome? Can your father ask his doctor? Can you be with your father and ask questions? Ask the doctor what it means, and ask your father what he wants to know. ...Read more

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My father has baker's cyst. What should I tell him?

My father has baker's cyst. What should I tell him?

Baker's Cyst: A baker's cyst or popliteal cyst occurs behind the knee joint. It may remain swollen or it may vary. A cyst is a fluid filled cavity which usually communicates with the knee joint. Often the cause of the cyst is a torn meniscus. I often tell patients that draining the cyst would be analagous to cutting a weed. You have to find the source of the cyst. An MRI is used to help locate the source. ...Read more

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My brother has brain tumor. What should I tell him?

My brother has brain tumor. What should I tell him?

Brain tumor: Tell him that you are completely there for him no matter what happens. Then help him obtain as much information about brain tumors, the different types, the different treatments and outcomes, as you can. Since you are clearly good at using the internet, you should be able to get all the information you need there. This will enable him to have informed conversations with his doctors about treatment. ...Read more

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My mother has leg claudication. What should I tell her?

My mother has leg claudication. What should I tell her?

Vascular evaluation: Claudication is a sign of decreased blood flow to a leg. It does not put her at immediate risk of losing her leg, but should be assessed by a vascular surgeon. If it is mild/moderate, it can be treated with medications, exercise, and not smoking. If it is more severe, she may be a candidate for endovascular (minimally invasive) or open surgical intervention. ...Read more

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My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

Don't Worry: Bronchitis is infalmation of the large bronchi (breathing tubes) of our upper part of our airway. Most are caused by a virus in pediatrics but can be caused by a bacteria in some. It causes you to cough. Those caused by a virus will go away in time without madication. Asthma is a type of bronchitis too. ...Read more

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My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...Read more

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My mother has bronchogenic carcinoma. What should I tell her?

My mother has bronchogenic carcinoma. What should I tell her?

She has options: Discuss with her oncologist the extent of her lung cancer and the type and stage. The oncologist will tell you the options available to your mom for her condition and age. Depending on stage and what she is a candidate for, she will have options of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy available. Though sometimes the disease can be far advanced and cause symptoms, there are options. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

Pediatric cardiologi: you should take her to a pediatric cardiologist. Did your pediatrician say what kind of a murmur it is? A lot of children, at some point, have an innocent murmur, which is transient and benign. If it is pathologic, you should be referred to the specialist, be well! ...Read more

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My mother has a kidney problem. Now she says her doctor told her weeks ago she has calciphylaxis. What will that do to her?

My mother has a kidney problem. Now she says her doctor told her weeks ago she has calciphylaxis. What will that do to her?

?biopsy: Make sure diagnosis is really confirmed. Calciphylaxis is a serious disorder that causes calcium deposition in vessels that can occur throughout the body and can cause skin lesions that become painful ischemic/necrotic ulcers; it can cause death. Calciphylaxis typically occurs in people with end stage renal disease on dialysis, recent kidney transplant patients and primary hyperparathryoidism. ...Read more

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My sister has bleeding during pregnancy. What should I tell her?

My sister has bleeding during pregnancy. What should I tell her?

Bleeding: There are many causes why one bleeds in pregnancy, some of them could be life threatening. The only safer advice is to have her see a physician immediately. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more