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Doctor insights on: Rare Fatal Heart Diseases

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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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What are rare (ish) heart diseases that affect infants?

What are rare (ish) heart diseases that affect infants?

Congenital heart def: Congenital heart defect (CHD) or congenital heart anomaly is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels that is present at birth. Many types of heart defects exist, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern. Other defects, such as long QT syndrome, affect the heart's rhythm. ...Read more

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What are some common heart diseases?

What are some common heart diseases?

Heart disease: Broad categories, atherosclerotic, degenerative, congenital, hypertensive, valvar, infectious, toxic, inflammatory, neoplastic and some I'm likely overlooking. ...Read more

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What would you say are major causes of heart diseases?

What would you say are major causes of heart diseases?

Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Which type of heart diseases are there and can it be cured?

Which type of heart diseases are there and can it be cured?

Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What causes a stroke or heart diseases?

What causes a stroke or heart diseases?

Heart disease: Commonest cause is atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This is contributed to by high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking among other things. ...Read more

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I am wondering what heart diseases can you be born with?

I am wondering what heart diseases can you be born with?

Several: Congenital heart diseases are numerous.

Among the more common congenital heart conditions include atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, patent foramen ovale, and bicuspid aortic valve.
Others conditions may require surgery as an infant- some include tetralogy of fallot, pulmonic stenosis, or congenital transposition. There are others but there is a max response length. ...Read more

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What are the most common environmental causes of heart diseases?

What are the most common environmental causes of heart diseases?

Environmental heart: Environmental causes of heart disease are difficult to correlate accurately. Here's a link to an article that discusses the different evidence and may hopefully answer your question. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19119685 ...Read more

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What would you say are modern equipments for detecting and curing heart diseases?

What would you say are modern equipments for detecting and curing heart diseases?

Too broad: Your question is bit too broad - could you try to rephrase it giving us a better idea of what your concerns are, please? ...Read more

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What are some genetic heart diseases?

What are some genetic heart diseases?

Genetic heart dis.: Generally, there are primary genetic conditions affecting the electrical system, the structure of the heart (congenital anomalies), diseases of the arteries supplying blood to the heart, and conditions that result in heart failure (i.e. poor heart function). In addition, there are other genetic conditions that will secondarily affect the heart. There are specific types within each category. ...Read more

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What are common congenital heart diseases?

What are common congenital heart diseases?

Congenital defects: Some of the more frequent congenital heart defects include atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, and valvular stenosis or atresia. The most common complex heart defect is tetralogy of Fallot, which is a combination of four defects. ...Read more

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What are the common congenital heart diseases?

ASD and VSD: Atrial and ventricular septal defects are some of the most common. Mild problems with the valves are common too. In fact, small ventricular septal defects are, according to some studies, the most common congenital birth defect in all people. As always, consult with a cardiologist if you/someone you know is concerned about something. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of congenital heart diseases?

What are the symptoms of congenital heart diseases?

Many & none: There could be no symptoms. Other times shortness of breath, poor circulation, arrythmias or murmurs may be present. An echocardiogram is the best first test. ...Read more

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What cardiac markers are used to diagnose heart diseases?

What cardiac markers are used to diagnose heart diseases?

Cardiac markers: Many markers are surrogates for heart disease, meaning, that their combination with other symptoms and risk factors increase the chances that heart disease is present. These are things like cholesterol testing, CRP, homocystein levels. . . etc. Markers of actually heart damage include troponin types, CPK and CK-MB levels. BNP and pro BNP can help diagnose heart failure. d/w cardiologist. ...Read more

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Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

One~4%both~6-8: Chd is polygenic= influenced by multiple genes and not directly passed on. The type of the parents chd is not necessarily one seen in the offspring. ...Read more

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What types of heart diseases are there?

What types of heart diseases are there?

Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What are examples of terminal heart diseases?

What are examples of terminal heart diseases?

Heart disease: Any heart disease if its caused enough damage to seriously impair the supply of blood at adequate pressure to the body can be 'terminal'. Extensive myocardial infarction with resultant refractory congestive heart failure can be terminal, likewise dilated cardiomyopathy causing similar refractory congestive failure and multiorgan failure. The answer is more complicated than the above tho' ...Read more

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What age is heart diseases more common? Thanks

What age is heart diseases more common? Thanks

Depends: It depends on your sex, but in general as we get older the incidence of heart disease goes up. While at age 50, men have more heart disease than women, but age 65 women have caught up to men and surpassed them in incidence of disease. Of course, comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, family history, and smoking contribute a great deal and cause, in those who have them, premature disease. ...Read more

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What are the different types of heart diseases?

What are the different types of heart diseases?

Heart disease: This question is too general for an answer here. Please be more specific about what your question is and keep it from being so broad a question, so we can help. ...Read more

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What are common heart diseases for older women?

What are common heart diseases for older women?

Ischemic: Most common is ischemic heart disease which represents 85-90% of heart disease. Afte this would be atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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Which different types of heart diseases do they have?

Which different types of heart diseases do they have?

Vague term: Heart dz can refer to cad, valve dz, muscular dz, etc. Some times its inherited and other times its aquired. They may have more than one of these at a time ...Read more