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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Hypertensive Heart Disease

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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Cardiologist diagnosed me with hypertensive heart disease. He said my children have a 40% chance of having it. Can I do anything to prevent it?

Cardiologist diagnosed me with hypertensive heart disease.  He said my children have a 40% chance of having it.  Can I do anything to prevent it?

Yes: So he is saying that when someone has HTN at a young age. It puts their children at higher same risk. Your children should be made aware of the risk, and they should eat healthy, exercise regularly and maintain a normal body weight....And no smoking. That will help reduce risk. ...Read more

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Can males take calcium supplements if they have hypertensive heart disease?

Can males take calcium supplements if they have hypertensive heart disease?

Controversial: There is not a consistent response to decrease BP in all hypertensive patients with increase dietary calcium. Supplement are not recommended. ...Read more

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Normal angiogram, echo showed hypertensive heart disease. Managing aggressively now. Should I also take aspirin?

Normal angiogram, echo showed hypertensive heart disease. Managing aggressively now. Should I also take aspirin?

ASA & MI prevention: Different groups have different thoughts re use of aspirin for prevention of first heart attack(MI)in people w/o cardiovascular disease(or equivalent).No doubt aspirin can prevent MI, but at increased risk of major bleeding events. USPSTF advises no aspirin for men younger than 45. ASA advised when MI risk for men 45-79 or stroke risk for women55-79 >GI bleed risk(3%-12% depending on age/gender. ...Read more

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Laying in bed, BP 129/91 pulse 101. Short of breath, chest pain. Have hypertensive heart disease. Should i take a nitro? Why is pulse so fast? It is usually in 70s. Why does this happen when relaxing?

Laying in bed, BP 129/91 pulse 101. Short of breath, chest pain. Have hypertensive heart disease. Should i take a nitro? Why is pulse so fast? It is usually in 70s. Why does this happen when relaxing?

I'd suggest for u: To go to an urgent care or er to be safe and get checked for irregular heart beat, thyroid condition, coronary artery disease, clot in the lungs etc. God bless u! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/pain-management/guide/whats-causing-my-chest-pain. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease?

What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease?

Autoantibodies: Rheumatic heart disease is one of the complications of an untreated strep infection.A month or more after the infection, the body has made antibodies that mistale the tissue of the heart for the germ they were designed to fight.Over time thease antibodies cause inflamation of the heart and can injure the valves. After the acute phase is past, you have a weaker heart with leaky valves and murmurs. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease in diagram form?

What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease in diagram form?

See picture: Try this. http://pictures.doccheck.com/en/photos/2/15631/pathophysiology-of-rheumatic-heart-disease/.

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Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Two diff diseases: These are two different diseases. Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other). ...Read more

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I am diabetic , hypertensive and have familial hyperlipidemia, what risk chance to get ischemic heart disease?

I am diabetic , hypertensive and have familial hyperlipidemia, what risk chance to get ischemic heart disease?

Higher risk: You have many risk factors for ischemic heart disease. Best thing you can do right now is to maintain healthy weight, loss weight if you are currently overweight or obese, do no smoke, take medications as prescribed to control the diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol problems. Exercise if you can once cleared by your physician. ...Read more

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What happens if thallium scan show normal blood flow than is it necessary to still have echocardiography to rule out heart disease in hypertensive patient?

What happens if thallium scan show normal blood flow than is it necessary to still have echocardiography to rule out heart disease in hypertensive patient?

Cardiac function: Thallium will only show if your heart muscle is getting appropriate blood flow. The echo will show how your heart is functioning and if the valves are working well ...Read more