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What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

A bundle!: Size, shape, function ( how well the muscle squeezes) and valve structure and leakage. Can also get info about pressures. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine your heart rate? What does it indicate about your health?

How do doctors determine your heart rate? What does it indicate about your health?

Heart rate: We feel the pulse and count how many pulses a minute. That is equivalent to the heart rate. Too fast something's wrong, too slow something might be wrong. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if your mitral valve in your heart is closing?

Could you tell me what happens if your mitral valve in your heart is closing?

Mitral stenosis: Mitral stenosis forces pulmonary vein pressure up and causes pulmonary edema to form and right heart pressure to increase. Atrial arrhythmia s may occur. Right heart failure may happen and progress. ...Read more

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What does the heart have to do with your brething?

What does the heart have to do with your brething?

Many things: Congestive heart failure leads to back up of fluid in lungs and difficulty breathing. Sometimes congenital heart disease causes too much blood delivered to lungs and again respiratory problem. If diffuse lung disease heart has difficulty pumping blood to lungs for oxygenation which can result in heart failure. If blockage of heart delivering blood to lungs, blood not oxygenated and cyanosis. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means when you can hear your heart beating?

Please explain what it means when you can hear your heart beating?

Usually nothing: This isn't usually a cause for concern. Some people can normally hear their heart beating in their own ears. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is ECG enough to tell that your heart is healthy?

Can you tell me is ECG enough to tell that your heart is healthy?

Limited utility: The electrocardiogram is only a small part of a cardiac evaluation. For specific questions, such as the heart's electrical rhythm, the ECG is reliable. For other questions, it can have errors in both ways. In other words, the ECG can be abnormal when the heart is normal or the ECG can be normal when the heart is abnormal. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you dream your performing heart surgery on yourself?

What exactly does it mean if you dream your performing heart surgery on yourself?

Nothing: It is interesting but unlikely to be possible as we know it. Movies? Family history? Recent education, shows and some new knowledge may have left an interest and dreaming. ...Read more

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What is blood work tell you about your kidneys?

What is blood work tell you about your kidneys?

Labs and kidneys: A full blood work up can give an idea of your estimated GFR and which is derived from your BUN and creatinine levels. If you have advanced chronic kidney disease (ckd) you will find an elevation of bun, creatinine, parathyroid hormone and phosphorous levels. You may also find a low calcium and hemoglobin levels. If these are found, see a nephrologist for further work up. ...Read more

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Docs! Please tell me what happens if your left ventricle of your heart is getting strained?

Docs! Please tell me what happens if your left ventricle of your heart is getting strained?

Left Ventricle: When the left ventricle is pressure overloaded the muscle hypertrophies(overgrows)and this causes the fibers to get less nutrient from the vessels and gradually demand outruns supply and the muscle malfunctions. With volume load the fibers get overstretched and eventually lose contractility. There are also mixed forms of the two kinds of load. ...Read more

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Can an echo see pulmonary hypertension? If not, what does and what are the symptoms? Thank you in advance

Can an echo see pulmonary hypertension? If not, what does and what are the symptoms? Thank you in advance

Yes: Yes Echo cardiogram can show that there is evidence of Pulmonary Hypertension as the right ventricular pressure is elevated To confirm and measure the pressure you will need right heart catheterisation ...Read more

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Please answer! what would be a heart defect that would have to do your ventricles?

Ventricles: It could mean a small hole between the two ventricles or large hole, or it could be a smaller then normal left ventricle. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about a leaking heart valve?

What can you tell me about a leaking heart valve?

Be more specific: the heart is pump. the valves make sure the blood only goes forward. leaky heart valves make the heart work harder than it needs to. this can sometimes be a real problem. consult a physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when your t wave changes are nonspecific on an ekg?

Can you tell me what it mean when your t wave changes are nonspecific on an ekg?

Not satisfying: I know my answer won't be satisfying to you, but "non-specific st-t wave changes" mean exactly what they sound like. The ekg has changes that are abnormal but are non-specific, ie they don't diagnose anything. For example, sometimes you don't feel good. You can't describe what's wrong - something is wrong but the problem is "non-specific". You just don't feel normal. ...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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How to tell if your heart is working right.

How to tell if your heart is working right.

Bascially two tests: For your heart are electrocardiogram (ekg) and echocardiogram. The first tests the electrical conduction of your heart, the latter tests the mechanical function of your heart. Ask your doctor, but neither test is necessary at your age if you are not having symptoms. ...Read more

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Do doctors check your heart regular checkups like how do they know if something is wrong can explain how they check your heart thank you doctor?

Do doctors check your heart regular checkups like how do they know if something is wrong  can explain how they check your heart thank you doctor?

Symptoms, exam, test: A good doctor should talk to you about how you feel. If you have symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, palpitations, light headedness, or chest pain, they should examine you to gain additional data. Experience and clinical acumen can the help them pick the appropriate tests to make a diagnosis. If no symptoms, and exam is normal, your heart is most likely fine. ...Read more

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I need to know what exactly does a heart tap mean?

I need to know what exactly does a heart tap mean?

Pericardiocentesis: Draining fluid or blood from around the heart with the use of a needle. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about congenital heart disease and pacemakers?

What can you tell me about congenital heart disease and pacemakers?

See below: There are different types of congenital heart disease, some require complex surgeries to be corrected. Only a minority of patients with congenital heart disease need a pacemaker as there are only a few that can be associated with an increase in heart block. Also, there are patients who are born with congenital heart block. These patients eventually require a pacemaker. ...Read more

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