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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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What is the significance of a narrowed heart valve?

What is the significance of a narrowed heart valve?

Stenosis : Blood will have trouble going between heart chambers and great vessels. Depending on the chronicity and the degree of stenosis, bad damage can happen to your lung circulation and your heart chambers. Consequences can be catastrophic. Heart attacks, syncope, heart failure, arrhthmias, sudden death. Common causes are uncontrol htn, congenital bicuspid aortic valve, infections/iv street drugs etc. ...Read more

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What is myocardioitis and will it cause narrowing of a heart valve?

What is myocardioitis and will it cause narrowing of a heart valve?

Heart inflamation: Myocarditits is inflammation of the heart muscle. It is usually caused by viruses or antibodies made to viruses/bacteria. It can have variable consequences from nothing to heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

Endocarditis: The most common type of inflamed heart valve is due to infection, known as endocarditis. This is a life-threatening condition caused by germs, especially bacteria that attack heart valves causing holes, growths, thickening and scarring. This can lead to leaky valves. People with valve disease (except mild mitral valve prolapse without thickening or regurgitation) are at increased risk. ...Read more

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Could a vegitation of the heart be cancer?

Could a vegitation of the heart be cancer?

Yes, unlikely: Vegetations in the heart are rarely cancer. The clinical situation is important regarding infection vs other causes. How the diagnosis was made and the scenario are most important. ...Read more

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What could be the symptoms of clogged arteries in the heart?

What could be the symptoms of clogged arteries in the heart?

Frequently: Chest pain / angina. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, arm or jaw pain, diaphoresis. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a coronary steal? Which are the symtoms? A coronary fistula could produce that? Betablockers worse the situation? Thanks

What is a coronary steal? Which are the symtoms? A coronary fistula could produce that? Betablockers worse the situation? Thanks

Abnormal flow : The abnormality takes blood flow from the desired circulation area. Subclavian steal, coronary steal etc. An arteriovenous communication-fistula does that. If severe enough the distal, circulation- heart in your example can show ischemia. Symptom angina! ...Read more

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What is the significance of a heart valve tendon?

Heart strings: Cord like tendons that connect the papillary muscle to the tricuspid and mitral valve. By relaxing during atrial systole blood pass to the ventricle and contracting during ventricular systole and preventing the prolapse of the valves. ...Read more

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What is the significance of a sticky heart valve?

What is the significance of a sticky heart valve?

Valve: The valve opens to allow flow out of the heart to the body. If it doesn't open properly we call this stenosis. It has to close properly to keep blood flowing in a forward direction. If it doesn't we call this insufficiency. Either or both abnormalities can exist in the valve. Severe stenosis results in decreased cardiac output eventually as does severe insufficiency. ...Read more

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Why does fibrosis of the left ventricular posterior wall ( like in cases of muscular dist. )cause a murmur? Where is the murmur coming from?

Why does fibrosis of the left ventricular posterior wall ( like in cases of muscular dist. )cause a murmur? Where is the murmur coming from?

Murmurs from valves: Murmurs are heard when listening to the heart, and are caused by turbulent blood flow through the heart valves. The timing, type and location of the murmur can be used to identify which valve is involved. To further define the problem, an echocardiogram is used to see the blood flow in real time. Fibrosis of the ventricular wall does not cause a murmur, unless it effects the valves. ...Read more

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There is prominence of the ascending thoracic aorta. There is a left retrocardiac opacity which could be partial atelectasis. Meaning? Is this bad?

There is prominence of the ascending thoracic aorta. There is a left retrocardiac opacity which could be partial atelectasis. Meaning?  Is this bad?

Recommendation : This findings should be discussed with your doctor who knows your clinical symptoms. Otherwise it is not professional, and just guessing. My guess is that not looking bad. ...Read more

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What does dr mean by : Evidence of moderate diffuse disease of the mid and distal LAD, which appears to be a NARROW vessel? In a Heart Cath report. Thank you.

What does dr mean by : Evidence of moderate diffuse disease of the mid and distal LAD, which appears to be a NARROW vessel? In a Heart Cath report. Thank you.

36 yo?: It means your main coronary artery is filled with cholesterol to the point that the artery is narrowing. This is a main artery of the heart that feeds the heart if it is blocked off you have a heart attack. Now you need to know the percentage of blockage for this will determine if you need a stent or not? I any event you need to live a healthy lifestyle eat well and once cleared by cardiology get ...Read more

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What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

Many things : It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord. ...Read more

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What is the heart valve in back of the heart called?

What is the heart valve in back of the heart called?

Mitral valve: The mitral valve is the most posterior and also the most leftward of the four heart valves. http://www.vhlab.umn.edu/atlas/anatutorial/anatutorial5.shtml. ...Read more

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What is the significance of a distressed heart valve?

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Not a commonly: Used expression...Does the valve leak or is it steno tic & what is the severity of such condition. ...Read more

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Can having aorta valve stenosis cause a lot of gas is there a connection?

Can having aorta valve stenosis cause a lot of gas is there a connection?

No: There is no connection. But having a lot of gas is something that you should look into with your doctor. It could be related to the food that you eat- either because you cannot digest it properly (like beans, certain vegetables, dairy, etc.) or because you have a food sensitivity (like gluten/wheat or dairy). You can try eliminating some of these foods to see if your symptoms improve. ...Read more

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