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What Are The Layers Of The Heart
Left ventricle: It is usually the left ventricle that enlarges (hypertrophies) in athletes. This is the main pumping chamber of the heart. Other areas can enlarge depending on the condition causing it. If concerned, get it checked out. You may need an EKG and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). ...Read more
The Inner One: Blood vessels run from the outside of the heart to the inside, so the area that gets hit first is what we call "endocardium" - it's the layer of heart muscle on the inside of the heart chambers. That said, that's only where the damage starts. Depending on the severity of the heart attack, it can involve the entire thickness of the heart wall. ...Read more
Outer layer: The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it. ...Read more
Conduction: The conduction system is in the myocardium, the middle layer of the heart muscle ...Read more
Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more
What can cause chest and upper back pain I've had it for over a week now and it's a lot worse at night when I'm layer down, worried of heart problems?
Osteoporosis: Chest and upper back pain can occur with fracture of a thoracic vertebra and consequent pinching of a nerve supplying the upper back and anterior ribs of the chest. See your doctor, have an x-ray of your thoracic spine, and if this is negative let your doctor consider other causes. Heart problems do not manifest as pain in your upper back, or with lying down. Your esophagus can do this. ...Read more
The heart is a pump.: Two pumps, really. One to the lungs, one to the whole body. The pump squeezes the blood. Valves make sure it goes the right direction. The energy of the heart squeezing turns into the energy of the blood moving. ...Read more
Extra sound: In > 3 decades of listening to kids at all ages I find it common to hear a murmur at some point on most. Murmur just means the extra noise beyond the lub dup of the heart beat. It refers to the sound made by blood flowing. It can be of no importance or a sign of a problem. Most of those causing kid problems are picked up at birth or within the 1st yr. A brand new murmur may mean a status change ...Read more
Fast heart rate: When someone's heart rate is fast (more than 100 beats per minute), it can feel like heart fluttering. It can have different causes from very benign, no needing treatment to life threatening. The term 'atrial flutter' describes an abnormally fast rhythm where the electricity in the upper chamber of the heart goes round and round a large circle. ...Read more
Not enough info.: Are you at rest or exerting yourself? How rapid is your heart rate? Do you have symptoms corresponding to this- chest pain, palpitations, etc.? How is your health in general? Are you taking medications that could impact heart rate? Is this something that is occurring acutely or a chronic condition? Don't have enough info to tell you. ...Read more
An Age Old Question: The topic of many poems, sonnets, and songs, to which there is no easy answer. Try to occupy your life with the good things-friends, activities, and other healthy endeavors. A broken heart heals in time. ...Read more
See your doctor: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. If you sleep on your stomach you could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. Get checked out just to make sure. ...Read more
Not really: The heart muscle contracts rhythmically, which is how it pumps; you can consider these spasms, I suppose, but a true uncontrolled spasm would be fairly instant death due to loss of blood supply. The coronary arteries can have spasms that will manifest as chest pain, aka prinzmetal angina. ...Read more
Hard to know: Poking sensation in heart does not sound worrisome for heart disease especially in 35 yo female. Benign nature would be supported by lack of exertional symptoms and negative family hx of structural disease. Would be worthwhile to have ekg and a good listen to ensure nothing is amiss, but at end of day, this sounds to be more musculoskeletal or perhaps esophageal. ...Read more
Time and prayer: I am sorry for your hurt. It is generally helpful to talk to a friend or trusted family member. Please remember that it will get better and you need to keep busy. It would be good to participate in your family's holiday activities. Prayer is more helpful than is usually realized. Wishing you a speedy recovery, a happy new year and happiness always! ...Read more
It depends: It depends on your actions and how you choose to cope. Please seek medical help if you have any thoughts of hurting yourself. A broken heart by itself won't kill you; the human body is amazingly resilient in healing. Allow time to your heal your wounds. Don't engage in behaviors like excessive alcohol use, smoking or risky behaviors, which can lead to unintended future health problems. Stay strong! ...Read more
Broken heart: There is an entity called takusabo that can cause the heart to become very weak temporarily due to excess acute stress. It can cause lethal arrythmias. Also, when we are stressed our blood gets sticky and we are at increased chance of a heart attack. These things are rare. ...Read more
Heart: In young people if there are no symptoms then we would assume their heart is working properly. If someone has a family history of death at younger age then they should review with their family doctor. ...Read more
Your question is incomplete. How does "what" affect the heart?
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Yes: As a fetus, the heart allows blood to flow back and forth between the two bottom chambers of the heart. Generally, a wall forms that separates these two bottom chambers, which is called the ventricular septum. A VSD occurs when the ventricular septum doesn't grow completely enough to separate the two bottom chambers. ...Read more
Not sure: Your heart will grow as long as your body growths through the puberty and then will stop. Its size is roughly that of your fist. However, there are health conditions that will cause your heart to expand, but that's nothing to take loosely. It weakens your heart and predisposes you to complications. The larger the worse and it some point it will give just as a stretched gum gives when overstretched. ...Read more
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