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Doctor insights on: What Happens When Some Of The Heart Muscle Dies

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Coronary ischemia effects? Do a few heart muscle cells die each time you have angina?

Coronary ischemia effects? Do a few heart muscle cells die each time you have angina?

Not necessarily: Angina is a symptom of chest discomfort. Heart cells die only when the blood supply to the heart is stopped for at least 20 minutes. Angina may occur with no stoppage of blood to the heart, or it may occur in the presence of a damaging heart attack, known as myocardial infarction. ...Read more

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I went to the cardiologist today and was told I have a thickening of the heart muscle. Tell me straight how dangerous is this?

I went to the cardiologist today and was told I have a thickening of the heart muscle. Tell me straight how dangerous is this?

Depends: The greater the degree of thickness the worse the prognosis. More importantly the thickening of the heart indicates poor blood pressure controll over a long period of time.The longer this goes on the worse the pronosis. Pts can develope heart failure and arrythmias. Strict blood pressure controll is essential (130/80 or less). ...Read more

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What type of exercise is best for the heart muscle?

What type of exercise is best for the heart muscle?

Aerobic: The aha recommends 150 minutes / week of moderate aerobic activity spread over 4-6 days for optimal cardiovascular health. ...Read more

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How can I check how much of my heart muscle is dead?

How can I check how much of my heart muscle is dead?

See below: An echo or nuclear gated scan can determine this easily. If there is a question of hibernation, a thallium stress test or PET scan is indicated. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between myofascial problems to heart muscle problems?

Is there a relation between myofascial problems to heart muscle problems?

Not: That I am aware of, but generally this says your body i upet about something & it may also be upset about other things that could afect your risk for heardening of the arteries, diabets, or high blood pressure. Look around to see what you may be doing to cause this. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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What is the condition where the heart muscle have become clogged with fatty substances?

What is the condition where the heart muscle have become clogged with fatty substances?

Fat heart: There is a lipoid infiltration of the heart muscle that is rare but you probably refer to arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis which are diseases associated with fatty infiltration of blood vessels including the heart's blood vessels. ...Read more

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Had a heart cath. Told i had a thickened heart muscle. How serious? Can i reduce thickness?

Had a heart cath. Told i had a thickened heart muscle.  How serious? Can i reduce thickness?

Yes: Heart cath does not diagnose a thickened heart muscle. An echocardiogram or ultrasound does, unless it is a more serious condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The more common condition is LVH or hypertrophy of the heart which is caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Reversing the blood pressure can reverse some of the LVH particularly with ace inhibitors. ...Read more

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I didn't get help for my mi until 36 hrs after onset of symtons. Is the considerable damage done to heart muscle reversable ?

I didn't get help for my mi until 36 hrs after onset of symtons. Is the considerable damage done to heart muscle reversable ?

Echo: An echo can answer this question, which the cardiologist will order to determine the damage to the heart muscle. It all depends on your age, risk factors, such as smoking history, high cholesterol, diabetes, and what artery was involved, time is only one factor in the story. ...Read more