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Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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What does rheumatic heart disease mean?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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What does rheumatic heart disease mean?

Heart valve problem: Rheumatic heart disease is when antibodies (originally produced against untreated strep infections) attack heart proteins, which usually causes problems with the heart valves, like mitral regurgitation. It can also predispose you for other bacteria growing on the heart valves, so people with rheumatic heart disease must get antibiotics before receiving any dental surgery. ...Read more

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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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What does congenital heart disease mean?

What does congenital heart disease mean?

Defect at birth.: Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth.It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births. ...Read more

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What does structural heart disease mean?

What does structural heart disease mean?

Structural ht dz: The heart has 'structure', muscle, connective tissue, valves and other tissue. Structural heart disease means a problem with part of the heart's structure. ...Read more

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What is rheumatic heart disease?

What is rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic: Rheumatic fever causes rheumatic heart disease. It usually is characterized by thickened mitral and or aortic valves along with other things ...Read more

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Does angina mean you have heart disease?

Does angina mean you have heart disease?

In most cases: Angina generally refers to pain resulting from insufficient blood or oxygen supply to the heart muscle. This can result from an obstruction to blood flow, increased demand for oxygen because of a overworking heart or insufficient blood (anemia). In most cases angina in the true sense, does indicate underlying heart disease. ...Read more

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How exactly does progeria cause heart disease?

How exactly does progeria cause heart disease?

Abnormal metabolism: The accelerated aging syndrome known as progeria truly accelerates the patients aging and illness profile.Their metabolism is marked by the same abnormalities in cholesterol and fat metabolism in childhood as that seen in adult stroke and heart attack victims.Most succumb to complications of coronary heart disease as early as their teens. ...Read more

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What does Lyme disease attack?

What does Lyme disease attack?

Many areas: If left untreated it can effect several areas including the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, skin, muscles and joints. ...Read more

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What does degenerative heart disease mean.... im googling it but it wont tell me, keeps refering to conjestive heart disease?

What does degenerative heart disease mean.... im googling it but it wont tell me, keeps refering to conjestive heart disease?

Generic term: Degenerative heart disease refers to all the changes that occur with aging in contrast to (for example) due to infection, trauma, auto-immune diseases, cancer, etc. It can take many forms, but 2 common manifestations are aortic sclerosis and mitral annular calcification. There are many others. ...Read more

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What is heart valve disease exactly?

What is heart valve disease exactly?

There are many kinds: Heart valves are structures in the heart that open to let blood pass and then close, for example between beats, to keep blood moving in the right direction. There are many kinds of valve disease, including calcified, narrow or leaky valves. These problems are mostly mild and don't cause problems, but can cause chest pain, breathing trouble, or heart failure, and may need to be treated or fixed. ...Read more

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What symptoms indicate heart disease?

What symptoms indicate heart disease?

Heart symptoms: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20034056

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What does " sinus disease" mean?

What does " sinus disease" mean?

Paranasal Sinuses: The paranasal sinuses, or simply - sinuses - are cavities within the bones of your skull that lighten the skull and allow air and sound to resonate. The sinuses also naturally function to clean particles and filter air. Sinus disease indicates an abnormality in these normal/natural processes. Most commonly, there can be an anatomical or structural blockage, allergy, inflammation... ...Read more

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What could mitral valve disease; nonrheumatic mean?

What could mitral valve disease; nonrheumatic mean?

Rheumatic heart dise: It means there is a mitral valve problem but it isn't likely do to rheumatic fever. If you haven't had rheumatic fever, you can't have rheumatic heart disease. ...Read more

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What does heart inlargement mean?

Enlargement: There are normal measurements for chamber sizes and wall thicknesses of the heart. Enlargement means that either or both are increased out of the normal range. ...Read more

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What does coronary heart disease do to the body?

What does coronary heart disease do to the body?

Causes heart attack: It blocks the coronary arteries leading to chest pain or heart attack. If you get a heart attack it can damage the muscle causing heart failure with shortness of breath and swelling of the feet. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with congenital heart disease always have?

Vary: This very much depends upon what type of congenital heart disease a patient has and how it behaves it that particular individual. The same form of congenital heart disease such can produce minimal or no symptoms in one patient and can produce symptoms of heart failure in another. ...Read more

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My ef is 25%, what does this mean? Can you tell me what do you mean by dilated cardiomyopathy due to rheumatic valvular heart disease? Thanks.

My ef is 25%, what does this mean? Can you tell me what do you mean by dilated cardiomyopathy due to rheumatic valvular heart disease?  Thanks.

Cardiology: Ejection fraction is the percentage of blood in the left ventricle that is removed with each contraction. 65% is considered normal. 25 is a low number and implies a weakness of the left ventricle that is usually referred to as a cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy is when the wall thins out and the ventricle gets large like a thin ballon. It can be caused by many conditions. ...Read more

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Rheumatic heart disease, what does this involve and how is it treated?

Rheumatic heart disease, what does this involve and how is it treated?

Serious: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop as a complication of inadequately treated strep throat. It can damage the heart valves and the heart muscle. It is treated with bed rest, antibiotics, aspirin, and, rarely, steroids. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rheumatic-fever/ds00250. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have regurgitation of the heart valve?

What does it mean to have regurgitation of the heart valve?

Backward flow: Heart valves, like those in your car, are meant to have blood flow in one direction, and prevent backward flow. If the valve does not close fully when it should, blood can flow backwards. This is called regurgitation. ...Read more

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Dr. John Dent
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Rheumatic Heart Disease (Definition)

Rheumatic heart disease is a condition where a bacterial infection with Streptococcus leads to damage to the ...Read more