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Are there any serious heart conditions that an EKG cannot detect?

Are there any serious heart conditions that an EKG cannot detect?

Yes: Ekg may not detect paroxysmal arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease even an acute coronary event call non st elevation myocardial infarction. Also can't detect congenital heart disease. Ekg is not diagnostic in most cases. Findings have to be confirm by other test. Like 2d echocardiogram, stress test, cardiac cath., blood test, etc. ...Read more

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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I have frequent minor palpitations. No serious heart conditions tho. Is amitriptyline at a low dose safe for me? I've read it causes arrhythmia.

I have frequent minor palpitations. No serious heart conditions tho. Is amitriptyline at a low dose safe for me? I've read it causes arrhythmia.

Depends on history: Amitriptyline is more likely to cause serious palpitations in those over age 60, with a history of heart disease or arrhythmias, and usually at higher doses. Accordingly it's hard to say in your case without knowing more of your medical history. ...Read more

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Are heart conditions hereditary?

Are heart conditions hereditary?

Yes: Some are hereditary. The hereditary issues are usually the more common valvular defects like mitral regurgitation or bifid aorta. ...Read more

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Can most heart conditions be treated these days?

Can most heart conditions be treated these days?

Heart: Yes, medically and or surgically with patient cooperation. ...Read more

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Does the army accept people with heart conditions?

Does the army accept people with heart conditions?

Which condition?: See: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/heart.htm

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What are the most common type of heart conditions?

What are the most common type of heart conditions?

Atrial fibrillation: Arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation is most common. Congestive heart failure is the most common admission to hte hospital heart attacks are the #1 killer. ...Read more

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What are the most common children heart conditions?

What are the most common children heart conditions?

Congenital/acquired: The most common congenital heart defect is vsd (ventricular septal defect), whereas the most frequent acquired heart disease is kawasaki disease which outnumbered rheumatic heart disease in us. ...Read more

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What are some heart conditions that start with a t?

What are some heart conditions that start with a t?

Crossword puzzle?: Tachycardia, Takayasu's arteritis, Tamponade, Thoracic aortic aneurysm, Thromboangiitis obliterans, Thrombosis (coronary), Torsades de pointes, Total anomalous pulmonary return, TIA, Transplantation (cardiac), Transposition of the Great Arteries, Tricuspid valve disease, Trifasicular block, Truncus arteriosus, Troponin elevation, T wave inversion, -- that's all I can think of!! ...Read more

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How young do people get or develop heart conditions?

How young do people get or develop heart conditions?

Birth: Most heart disease in young patients is what we call "congenital". This means that the heart disease was present at birth and often has a genetic origin. A heart defect present at birth may not create symptoms until later in life. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are big macs bad for people with heart conditions?

Can you tell me are big macs bad for people with heart conditions?

Big mac: Big macs are probably not the best food for anyone. An occasional one is probably ok for most folks. There are better food choices however. ...Read more

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How is it possible for young people get or develop heart conditions?

How is it possible for young people get or develop heart conditions?

Heart: The answer depends on the underlying condition of the heart, eg congenital heart disease, rheumatic fever, viral conditions affecting the heart, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any heart conditions that young athletes can develop from exercise?

Are there any heart conditions that young athletes can develop from exercise?

See answer: Regular exercise is good for your heart but extended vigorous exercise performed during a marathon raises cardiac risk by seven-fold. There is evidence that Long-distance running also leads to high levels of inflammation that may trigger cardiac events and cause heart muscle damage. Short bursts of high intensity running, such as in playing basketball or soccer may be the best aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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I need to know something on childhood heart conditions? What are best centers?

I need to know something on childhood heart conditions? What are best centers?

Need more info: I need a bit more information. What type of heart condition? There are a lot of great centers for pediatric cardiology, but knowing the type of problem is vital to helping you find the best place. Also, knowing where you are will help us pick the best place in your general area. ...Read more

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What type of heart conditions only show up during exsercise but not at any other time?

What type of heart conditions only show up during exsercise but not at any other time?

Yes but often early: There are many heart conditions which will show up only during exercise or exertion. Often this is an early sign. Our bodies have a lot of reserve. So when we are at rest or at only moderate levels of activity there are no symptoms. As the heart get sicker the signs show up earlier. Some examples include blocked arteries, blocked or leaking valves, a hole in the heart (often congenital). ...Read more

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What does your age have to do with certain Heart Conditions ? Where does inheredited heart conditions get treated ?

What does your age have to do with certain Heart Conditions ?
Where does inheredited heart conditions get treated ?

Complex: Pls rephrase your q to get more specific answer. Generally, as we grow older our risk for developing artery disease and valvular disease goes up. That is in turn dependent upon other factors like lifestyle, obesity, genetics etc. Think of it like plumbing and electric circuits in your house - everything wears and tears as they age. It's more or less the same. Just more complex. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have seizures because of heart conditions?

Could you potentially have seizures because of heart conditions?

Yes, but it's rare: The only particularly common way for this to happen is if you have a heart rhythm that causes loss of blood flow to the brain. This then can trigger a seizure or seizure-like activity. ...Read more

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Which types of heart conditions cause angina pain?

Which types of heart conditions cause angina pain?

Several: Angina is chest, jaw, arm, back or shoulder pain that comes from the heart due to lack of proper blood flow to heart muscle. The classic cause of angina is coronary disease, this is typically cholesterol blockage of the arteries of the heart. Another cause is "syndrome x" which is spasm in the small vessels of the heart. Prinzmetal angina is caused my spasm (pinching) of larger heart arteries. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Heart Conditions (Definition)

Heart conditions are abnormalities or diseases of the heart. Some are congenital (birth defects), while ...Read more