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Doctor insights on: What Happens When The Pericardium Of The Heart Is Removed

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How does the pericardium improve the efficiency of the heart?

How does the pericardium improve the efficiency of the heart?

By not interfering: A healthy pericardium is a very flexible, thin tissue that is "just there." it generally serves little purpose, other than to allow the chambers of the heart to expand outwards in a normal fashion, without resistance, as they fill with blood. If pericardium becomes inflamed, thickened or hardened, the heart loses this outward mobility, and pressure rises greatly as the heart tries to fill. ...Read more

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To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more


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What is the benefits of having the heart enclosed in a sac that has pericardium?

What is the benefits of having the heart enclosed in a sac that has pericardium?

Many: The pericardium isolates the heart from surrounding organs, prevents the heart from over expanding when blood volume increases, limits heart motion, and keeps a small amount of fluid around the heart that severs as a lubricant which reduces friction with surrounding tissue as the heart beats. ...Read more

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I had a Echocardiogram. I had a heart attack when I was 31. I am now 57 next month. My test showed rheumatic d/o mitral tricuspid valve pericardium mass. Can't get into a cardiologist for another month. Not sure if I should worry or not. Thanks?

I had a Echocardiogram. I had a heart attack when I was 31. I am now 57 next month. My test showed rheumatic d/o mitral tricuspid valve pericardium mass. Can't get into a cardiologist for another month. Not sure if I should worry or not. Thanks?

Unfortunately the: Description you have given of the ECHO findings makes no sense at all. If you are not having symptoms it is probably OK to wait until you can see the cardiologist. If you are having problems or symptoms then I would suggest a consultation sooner or go to an ER. ...Read more

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How long does the heart beat after removed from body?

How long does the heart beat after removed from body?

Automaticity: The heart will beat unattached to the body for 10 hours. ...Read more

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I have block in heart at multiple place. My Dr suggested the blocks can't be removed under surgery. What are other possible ways. I have done angiogra?

I have block in heart at multiple place. My Dr suggested the blocks can't be removed under surgery. What are other possible ways. I have done angiogra?

Blockages: That is true, surgery does not remove the blockages that are there, it provides a bypass route around the blockages, but if there are too many, or the artery is too small it can't be bypassed. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a person to die after his/her heart has been removed?

How long is it supposed to it take for a person to die after his/her heart has been removed?

Acardia: The aztecs had a lot of experience with it. Brain death probably is irreversible a minute after removal but it isn't likely exact. ...Read more

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Heart rate very low during intense excise and tired?

Heart rate very low during intense excise and tired?

Heart rhythm problem: This could be a problem in your heart's electrical system or a side effect of medications. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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If a pt has 1 stent in their heart, can it be removed, or replaced with one of those new dissolving ones? Or is a metal stent permanent? Thank you.

If a pt has 1 stent in their heart, can it be removed, or replaced with one of those new dissolving ones? Or is a metal stent permanent? Thank you.

Metal=permanent: Metal stents are permanent. Your arterial walls eventually grow around the stent and incorporate it into the artery. There is no removing it. ...Read more

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I need to get my gallbladder removed, but I have a PFO heart conditon. Will it be okay?

I need to get my gallbladder removed, but I have a PFO heart conditon. Will it be okay?

Yes: You should be ok for surgery. I would see your cardiologist before surgery and be sure to notify the anesthesiologist about your condition prior to surgery so that they can monitor your heart closely during and after surgery. ...Read more

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Hello my 8 year old daughter was foind to have a vegitation on her heart and had it removed last monday. All her bloods are showing no signs of infwct?

That's good: It's great that the vegetation was removed and she has negative cultures. Does she have congenital heart disease or any central lines reaching the heart? If not the ask the doctor why she had a vegetation/infectious endocarditis in the first place. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long after heart surgery are stitches removed?

How long after heart surgery are stitches removed?

Variable: Many of us use subcutiular absorbable, non removable sutures.
Skin stitches and staples may be removed at 7-10 days depending on the tissue and its appearance,
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Should I get the cyst under my right arm closet to my heart removed? I've had one removed in the past.

Should I get the cyst under my right arm closet to my heart removed? I've had one removed in the past.

If it hurts: The term cyst can mean a few different things in this case, so I am assuming this is a sebaceous cyst in the skin. If the bump is red, painful, getting bigger or bothering you in any way it should be removed. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder removed 6 month ago keep getting really bad heart burn why what can I do?

Had gallbladder removed 6 month ago keep getting really bad heart burn why what can I do?

Began after surgery?: While it could be related to your surgery, more likely its just heartburn. Have you tried any meds? Response? If you get good relief from anti-acid medications it may just be reflux, gastritis etc. Have you seen your surgeon? There are a few studies he/she could do to rule-out a problem and then move forward with treating your heartburn. Or see your primary. ...Read more

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I take diclofenac quite often (I have dysmenorrhea), but now in reading that uk has removed it from its markets because of its effects on heart?

I take diclofenac quite often (I have dysmenorrhea), but now in reading that uk has removed it from its markets because of its effects on heart?

OK for you: At age 27, your concerns about ischemic heart risks from NSAID medications, unless you happen to have very high risk for heart attack - not to worry. NSAIDs should be used cautiously or avoided if one has high likelihood for ischemic cardiac events (over age 50, diabetes, prior ischemic cardiac event, tobacco use, high cholesterol, strong family history etc.). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I had GB removed & now have a clicking sound in heartbeat when I lean forward & elevated heart rate upon standing. Dr. did nothing. 2nd opinion pls?

I had GB removed & now have a clicking sound in heartbeat when I lean forward & elevated heart rate upon standing. Dr. did nothing. 2nd opinion pls?

Does not sounds like: These symptoms are related to your operation. Have an internist or cardiologist (not the surgeon) take a look at your heart. ...Read more

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Has there been any reports of heart attacks or strokes from using the vivelle (estradiol) dot patch? I had a hystroecomy 5 years ago I had everything removed.

Has there been any reports of heart attacks or strokes from using the vivelle (estradiol) dot patch? I had a hystroecomy 5 years ago I had everything removed.

ERT: All Estrogens can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke slightly even vivelle (estradiol) dot, which is an estrodial patch. However, that risk is primarily in the first three months of use and for most patients is only a slight risk. That risk comes back in patients who constantly start and stop their estrogen therapy. If you've been on it more than 3 months I wouldn't worry much unless you smoke. ...Read more

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I had lap band surgically removed wed 5/15/13. Today when I stand up my heart rate goes from 70 to 110+ ears ringing & get unclear head feeling?

I had lap band surgically removed wed 5/15/13. Today when I stand up my heart rate goes from 70 to 110+ ears ringing & get unclear head feeling?

Dehydrated: Large rise in heart rate upon standing is your heart attempting to compensate for the low blood pressure caused by the change in position. This is also known as "orthostatic hypotension." that unclear feeling is what you get before you pass out, known as pre-syncope. Your should probably call the surgeon that did your recent operation and ask if he wants you to go to E.R. Or just to hydrate up. ...Read more

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Is cycleing good excise for your heart back lungs and stomach muscles?

Is cycleing good excise for your heart back lungs and stomach muscles?

Yes: Especially your heart and leg muscles, but a good cyclist is also exercising abdominal and back and arm muscles. The main thing is that your exercising--good job! ...Read more

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If a woman needs a heart transplant, will she have to get her breast removed?

If a woman needs a heart transplant, will she have to get her breast removed?

No: An incision is made at the sternum, between the breasts. The ribs are then spread with the breasts moving with the ribs. No breast tissue would be removed. ...Read more

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Feeling panicky and having heart rate speed up and slow down while feeling dizzy, had appendix removed 1 week ago?

Go back to ER: You may have surgery related problems, like intra abdominal infection etc call your surgeon and go to er, they will do sets to find out the cause of your problem, . ...Read more

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Last few days i'Ve had heart burn and indigestion, however I already had by gull bladder removed what else could it be?

Last few days i'Ve had heart burn and indigestion, however I already had by gull bladder removed what else could it be?

GERD: It may be reflux, inflammation of your esophagus or stomach. Occasionally there are stones that escape and cause problems. You may have a hiatal hernia. Check in with doctor for further care. All the best. ...Read more

Pericardium (Definition)

The thin tissue layer forming a sack around the heart ...Read more