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Doctor insights on: Serious Heart Conditions

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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?

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

Heart Conditions (Definition)

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