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Doctor insights on: Some Alcoholics Show A Weakening Of The Heart Muscle Called

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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EKG showed 'hardening' of heart muscle. Just had a SV Ischemia show on CT scan. Is this connected?Does Arrythmia cause the hardening?

EKG showed 'hardening' of heart muscle. Just had a SV Ischemia show on CT scan. Is this connected?Does Arrythmia cause the hardening?

Not sure : Not sure how an ECG can show hardening of heart muscle. It could show signs that may be related to previous damage of heart muscle. Damage of heart muscle can cause arrhythmia. Most arrhythmias, unless left uncontrolled for long periods of time do dot cause heart damage. ...Read more

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Can multiple system atrophy affect the heart muscle?

Can multiple system atrophy affect the heart muscle?

Unfortunately yes: As MSA progresses, every muscle in the body eventually gets affected by the degeneration of the autonomic nerves & other derangements which cannot be compensated for anymore by the "voluntary" nervous system. I have a patient who is likely going through his last stages & it is a relentless disease process for which he now refuses any & all interventions to help him with breathing or swallowing. ...Read more

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Is ventricular fibrillation a problem inside the heart muscle?

Is ventricular fibrillation a problem inside the heart muscle?

Electrical...: Ventricular fibrillation is an electrical problem that causes the heart to quiver so it cannot pump blood. Since there is no blood flow, the patient is clinically dead and the heart needs to be shocked, hopefully back into a normal rhythmn. ...Read more

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Will a high ejection fraction (72%) wear my heart muscle out prematurely?

Will a high ejection fraction (72%) wear my heart muscle out prematurely?

Depends.: A high EF is not in itself harmful. Certainly depends upon the underlying reason and your physiology at the time of the exam. Hard to explain here, but if there is no other anatomic abnormality this may have been a normal finding. You should discuss this with the provider who ordered your test. ...Read more

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What can cause high blood levels of myoglobin other than damage to skeletal muscle or heart muscle?

What can cause high blood levels of myoglobin other than damage to skeletal muscle or heart muscle?

Mostly Muscle Relate: but can have other indirect causes such a low potassium, Fever, with sepsis, trauma, blood clots to the lungs or in the vessels, certain drugs and snake bites to name a few. ...Read more

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I went to the cardiologist today and was told I have a thickening of the heart muscle. Tell me straight how dangerous is this?

I went to the cardiologist today and was told I have a thickening of the heart muscle. Tell me straight how dangerous is this?

Depends: The greater the degree of thickness the worse the prognosis. More importantly the thickening of the heart indicates poor blood pressure controll over a long period of time.The longer this goes on the worse the pronosis. Pts can develope heart failure and arrythmias. Strict blood pressure controll is essential (130/80 or less). ...Read more

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What type of exercise is best for the heart muscle?

What type of exercise is best for the heart muscle?

Aerobic: The aha recommends 150 minutes / week of moderate aerobic activity spread over 4-6 days for optimal cardiovascular health. ...Read more