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What causes hypotension when someone has malaria?

What causes hypotension when someone has malaria?

Many things: Malaria is a viral illness and cause fevers, during fevers there is vasodilitation which causes hypotension. Also as the virus attacks the body and the body attacks the virus many free radicals and chemical reactions take place many of which cause the body's blood vessels to dilate and cause hypotension. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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What happens when someone has encephalitis?

What happens when someone has encephalitis?

Encephalitis : Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain typically caused by a viral infection. Signs and symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, weakness, trouble walking, confusion or agitation, seizures, coma, and paralysis. Treatment is supportive and depends upon the cause and course of illness. Outcome varies. ...Read more

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What causes euphoria when someone is drunk?

What causes euphoria when someone is drunk?

Multimodal.: Some people get dysphoric. Alcohol is disinhibiting. Euphoria maybe related to various receptors and neurochemicals--GABA, serotonin, dopamine, or all of the above. ...Read more

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What phenomenon causes a patient to develop hypertensive tachycardia & tachypnea when told he must have surgery?

What phenomenon causes a patient to develop hypertensive tachycardia & tachypnea when told he must have surgery?

Anxiety: Many people will get anxiety or nervous when they were told the need for surgery. When anxious, there will be increase in sympathetic nervous system discharge. Which in tu;rn causes release of Adrenalin like activities in the body and cause hypertensive tachycardia, tachypnea etc. ...Read more

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What happens if other types bite what happen is anyone can cause dengue fever?

What happens if other types bite what happen is anyone can cause dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: Not sure what you are asking here. Dengue Fever is due to a virus that is transmitted by several types of Aedes mosquitoes. Most commonly it is transmitted by A. Aegypti. ...Read more

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What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

Several reasons.: This is a question for your pmd. A few possibilities are congestive heart failure or terminal pneumonia. If the patient is terminal depending on your philosophy of life, either nothing is done or a specific diagnosis needs to be made and appropriate medical treatment needs to be established. ...Read more

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What happens if someone who has lupus catches aids? Is that a fatal combination?

What happens if someone who has lupus catches aids?  Is that a fatal combination?

Lupus and HIV AIDS: No, it's not fatal. Life itself is always fatal, as far as we know, except for hela cells. Having lupus and HIV infection together may shorten a person's life, but neither condition is rapidly fatal, nor is the combination. It depends on how severe the lupus is, to a degree, and how virile or rapidly mutating the HIV strain of virus is. But there are many known cases of people having both. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when someone is diagnosed with congestive heart failure?

Could you tell me what happens when someone is diagnosed with congestive heart failure?

CHF: The cause of the CHF has to be determined and then a treatment plan developed, initiated and followed, adjusted as necessary. The patient needs to be educated and participate actively in their program for the best results. ...Read more

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What can happen when someone has ankylosing spondilitis and affects the heart?

What can happen when someone has ankylosing spondilitis and affects the heart?

Most common probs...: Two different problems can cause issues for the patient. 1. Cardiac conduction defects leading to a/v node block. 2. Aortic vavle disease leading to insufficency. Some patients may experience pericarditis, but this is unusual. I see very little valvular disease, and occasional conduction defects. Don't fret! ...Read more

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What happens to the heart when a person has anorexia nervosa?

What happens to the heart when a person has anorexia nervosa?

Risk: The heart is at risk of potentially severe problems, like arrythmias (for different causes: electrolytes imbalances, anatomic changes, etc) always depending on the degree/stage of the disease, personal medical/family history and genetic factors. In short, anorexia nervosa is no good for the heart. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to person whose bad cholesterol is 248?

Could you tell me what happens to person whose bad cholesterol is 248?

Risk of heart attack: A bad (ldl) cholesterol of 248 is too high. It is probably genetic in origin. It can lead to early atherosclerosis (blocked arteries) and to heart attack, angina, stroke or peripheral arterial disease. The risk of these would be increased if there was also smoking, high blood pressure, low good (HDL) cholesterol, diabetes or a family history. Treatment is easy, safe and effective with statin drugs. ...Read more

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What does it means when someone in his diagnosis have obs sepsis?

What does it means when someone in his diagnosis have obs sepsis?

Please see below: Its unclear that what do you mean by obs sepsis. But, the sepsis is a term we use to indicate for possible infection with vital sign abnormalities. Vital signs are temperature may be > 38 c or 20, heart rate> 90 and white cell count >12000 or. ...Read more

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If a person has hypertension what causes increased peripheral resistance?

If a person has hypertension what causes increased peripheral resistance?

See below: Increased peripheral resisistance is due to defective relaxaion of the vasculature ie the blood vessels. ...Read more

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What can cause someone cough up blood? Is that serious?

What can cause someone cough up blood? Is that serious?

Frank blood is: serious. Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema,pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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What happens to a person who has lead poisoning?

What happens to a person who has lead poisoning?

Wide spectrum: Lead poisoning may have no symptoms at all to seizures, coma and death if severe exposure. The vast majority of youngsters who have elevated levels have no symptoms until they show mild learning disabilities,the "slow" kid in the class. This can be prevented by early screening and intervention if levels elevated. We screen every child in our office between 9 & 12 months and again from 18-24 months ...Read more

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What happens if someone who has lupus gets hiv?

What happens if someone who has lupus gets hiv?

It depends: Some people with severe lupus require strong immunosuppressive drugs and this can cause the HIV to become worse. Other lupus patients with mild disease who only need mild medicines, like plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) do not have any impact on their hiv. It is strongly recommended if you have lupus and are concerned about HIV that you get tested and, if positive, see a rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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What causes a person to sweat when they have ventricular fibrillation?

What causes a person to sweat when they have ventricular fibrillation?

Vfib: Ventricular fibrillation causes the heart to not contract, blood flow to the body ceases and the patient will die if normal or contractile rhythm isn't returned. Sweating is a response to low blood pressure. When blood pressure drops with atrial fibrillation patients may have sweating. Ventricular fibrillation long enough to cause perceived sweating unlikely unless reversed to better rhythm. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone has respiratory failure?

What does it mean when someone has respiratory failure?

Two types: The lung does two things, it provides oxygen and eliminates co2. If either fails then that is respiratory failure, and the causes can be many; (pneumonia, severe asthma attack, severe emphysema, heart failure, muscular weakness, lung injusry from fire, drugs, inhalation injry etc., ). Respiratory failure can also be acute or chronic. ...Read more

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When someone has pressure from a brain tumor, is that what usually causes the headache?

When someone has pressure from a brain tumor, is that what usually causes the headache?

Yes/may be: There are many causes for having headaches. The main causes are probelms related to structures outside the head or inside it. Outside structures can be muscle tension, or vascular problems(like migraine). Inside the head include tumors of the brain or vascular problems like aneurysms. Only a good doctor can separate one cause from another. So find one and trust him/her and quit worrying... ...Read more

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Can someone tell me what it means when one have recurring dream of tsunamis?

Dream analysis: Dreams are best interpreted by the dreamer who has a better understanding of the context within their life. I don't trust reading a book that tells you what different dream scenarios mean. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Low Blood Pressure (Definition)

Also called hypotension, this occurs when blood pressure during and after each heartbeat is much lower than usual. This means the heart, brain, and other parts of the body do ...Read more