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Where do I find more information on cardiac output and pre-eclampsia?

Where do I find more information on cardiac output and pre-eclampsia?

Google it: I'm an internist, but from what I remember from med school, where I delivered 30 babies in 30 days at umdnj (1970), the cardiac output peaks at 7 months, and decreases thereafter. Pre-eclampsia is an abormal preg state where the mother develops severe high blood pressure and edema. Needs aggressive treatment, including lots of rest. But look for an obstetrician answer. ...Read more

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Cardiac electrophysiology -- can anyone give me more information please?

Cardiac electrophysiology -- can anyone give me more information please?

EP: Cardiac electrophysiology is a branch of cardiology that deals with the electrical activity of the heart. They treat rhythm disturbances and arrhythmias and devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. ...Read more

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Where can I find more information on cardiac output and preeclampsia?

Where can I find more information on cardiac output and preeclampsia?

Medical library: Go to any medical library and borrow any obstetrics text and you'll learn all about it. Here's an article but it won't be easy to find the full text: http://ukpmc. Ac.Uk/abstract/med/2234714/reload=0;jsessionid=y6m4owajvxj4pdotq4pi.6. ...Read more

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What information can be revealed by a cardiac catheterization?

What information can be revealed by a cardiac catheterization?

Pressures: In addition to coronary anatomy and evaluation of the valves and the heart muscle, cardiac catheterization allows measurements to be obtained inside the heart chambers to determine how well the heart pumps and fills, as well as the blood pressure in the lungs. More advanced evaluation may include an intracoronary (inside the blood vessel) ultrasound to see and measure blockages (plaques). ...Read more

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Where can I get informaiton about my son who was born with only a single coronary artery?

Where can I get informaiton about my son who was born with only a single coronary artery?

See below: This condition is quite rare, but not life-threatening at the moment. There are no surgeries to fix the problem, unless one talks about cardiac bypass grafting. This option is not one that needs to be done at this stage. Your son will need to be watched as he grows up. Talk to your cardiologist about your options as he goes forward. ...Read more

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Where could someone find out more information about coronary heart disease?

Where could someone find out more information about coronary heart disease?

AHA & NIH: I recommend www. Heart. Org and http://health. Nih. Gov/. There are many good websites. ...Read more

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How commom is the widow maker heart attack?

How commom is the widow maker heart attack?

There are only: Limited data available to answer your question. Some studies indicate about a 53% incidence of atherosclerotic involvement of the Left main or Left anterior descending arteries. If the patient is symptomatic and treated, the MI would be avoided. If not then a widow maker MI might occur. The former occurs much more frequently than the latter so I would say by my experience it is not common. ...Read more

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Why is the LAD artery referred to as the widow maker?

Why is the LAD artery referred to as the widow maker?

LAD: The left anterior descending artery supplies the major portion of the left ventricle. Sudden death is thought to occur more frequently from occlusion of this vessel than any other single vessel occlusion; thus some people term it as you mentioned. ...Read more

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I hear some other paramedics talk about widow maker mi, can you explain what that is please?

Refers to LAD Artery: The "widow-maker" artery is the left anterior descending artery of the heart. It serves the left ventricle. A major blockage or occlusion of this artery can be devastating and result in sudden death or at least a very serious myocardial infarction (mi), hence the nickname! Thank you for what you do. Paramedics have saved my life before; I have enormous respect for you. Carry on. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Widow-maker heart diseace with 72% blockage in right side of neck, what are the odds of him getting better?

Widow-maker heart diseace with 72% blockage in right side of neck, what are the odds of him getting better?

Excellent: The "widow-maker" is a high grade blockage in the left anterior descending coronary artery. It can be treated with angioplasty and stenting (usual) or by-pass surgery (if necessary). Carotid disease requires no treatment unless symptomatic or very severe - then can be handled with endarterectomy (usual) or stenting (hi risk). Get your cholesterol and BP down and if you smoke, don't! ...Read more

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I have high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol. Am I at risk for widow maker heart attack daily? Could it happen at anytime due to this risk.?

Yes, but.....: It sounds like you have a family history of heart disease and are genetically programmed to make a unhealthy balance of cholesterols in your blood. This puts you at higher risk of a heart attack. If you google framingham. Org, you can enter your cholesterol and other simple information and get your 3-5 year heart attack risk. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My brother has heart diseace called widow maker, he has had 4 way by-pass, and now his right side of neck is 72% blocked, what are his odds of getting be?

Treat cholesterol: Sounds like he is getting widespread "hardening of the arteries" from cholesterol or trigyceride disease. This should be aggressively treated with appropriate medication and diet. Existing deposits can be stabilized, and studies have even shown regression in the most severe cases when treated properly. Discontinue tobacco, if used. ...Read more

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At 38 had a widow maker they say only 40% of my heart is working have family history of heart problems high bp and ch am over weight no wind help????

At 38 had a widow maker they say only 40% of my heart is working have family history of heart problems high bp and ch am over weight no wind help????

Need cardiologist!: We need to get you in with a cardiologist ASAP! We can help in a prime visit to get a referral set up. Water, walking and fruits and veggie diet necessary to maximize your quality of life. Work with your cardiologist to tailor your behavior change regimen to your disability level. Best of luck and thanks for reaching out. ...Read more

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I just got 4 stents put into the artery they call the widow maker. What are the odds I have other heart attack. Doctors say I'm ill clear right now?

CAD: If you have enough CAD at age 38 years to require stenting, then you need lifelong attention to your condition. This would include diet, exercise, medications and monitoring your condition. You should certainly have nothing to do with tobacco which can exacerbate CAD. You should have a conversation with your cardiologist to discuss what you need to do for your future. ...Read more

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What is cardiac insufficiency?

What is cardiac insufficiency?

Vague: This is a vague term which is not typical nomenclature. I assume its referring to a pt with a weak heart called a cardiomyopathy. The pumping function is impaired and thus " insufficient " to meet the bodies needs. Pts like this are prone to episode of cogestive heart failure. ...Read more

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If I did got bit by a black widow, what would happen?

If I did got bit by a black widow, what would happen?

Black widow: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor.
If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. Although death from a bite is not common – it. ...Read more

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I think I was bitten by a black widow. What should I do?

I think I was bitten by a black widow. What should I do?

Medical evaluation.: Please seek medical care as you may need a tetanus shot or you could need assistance for complications from the bite. Symptoms can include localized pain, muscle cramps & weakness. In some situations there can be more serious reactions. ...Read more

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What's cardiac output?

What's cardiac output?

Heart pump volume: The cardiac output is the volume of blood per minute pumped by the heart. Cardiac output is equal to heart rate multiplied by stroke volume (the volume of blood ejected with each heartbeat). ...Read more

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What is cardiac rehab?

What is cardiac rehab?

A heart program: It is a medically supervised program for patients after cardiac surgery or angioplasty that has been shown to increase survival and improve strength and confidence. Make sure you ask your doctor about this if you recently had cardiac surgery or procedures! ...Read more

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What is cardiac pacing?

Maintains heart rate: The normal heart rate is roughly between 60 to 100 beats per minute. For some, there is difficulty in maintaining adequate heart rates for a variety of reasons. In these patients especially the symptomatic ones, a cardiac pacemaker may have to be implanted. ...Read more

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Cardiac circulation is?

Cardiac circulation is?

Blood flow: Cardiac circulation refers to the blood flow supplying the heart. ...Read more

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What is cardiac arythmia?

What is cardiac arythmia?

Abnormal heart beat: There are many kinds of arrhythmias. They can be short or long lasting. Some arrhythmias, if sustained, can affect how the heart pumps blood or can predispose to forming blood clots in the heart. If you think you have an arrhythmia, consult a physician. ...Read more

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What is cardiac rehab like?

What is cardiac rehab like?

Exercise/education: Cardiac rehab is a supervised exercise program of gradually increasing intensity. Patients who have had a heart attack, coronary angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery are encouraged to enroll in these programs. Most insurances cover these programs because of their ability to speed recovery and decrease recurrent disease. ...Read more

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What is a cardiac catheter?

What is a cardiac catheter?

Specialized IV: Cardiac catheters are specially shaped ivs that are guided using wires are are capable of injecting contrast or meaduring pressures in the heart or heart arteries. ...Read more

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Why a ESR in cardiac work up?

Why a ESR in cardiac work up?

Esr: An ESR measures general inflammation and can be raised in many conditions. It is raised in pericarditis and vascular inflammation. That may be why it was included in your work up. ...Read more

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What is sudden cardiac death?

What is sudden cardiac death?

Arrhythmia: Scd typically refers to a sudden loss of effective contraction of the heart muscle and implies a life-threatening arrhythmia. Usually this is VT or vf. It occurs primarily in patients with a damaged heart (cardiomyopathy, postmi) where there is scar tissue that alters normal electrical conduction. It can also occur in patients w nl hearts (brugada syndrome, arvd, long qt) which are rare. ...Read more

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Can you define cardiac output?

Can you define cardiac output?

Cardiac output: Stroke volume times heart rate equals cardiac output. Stroke volume relates to myocardial contractility, vascular resistance, vascular volume, anemia and metabolic state. There are subcomponents to all of these. ...Read more

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Why is cardiac rehab important?

Why is cardiac rehab important?

To improve outcomes: Exercize is a mandatory component of overall cardiovascular wellness. ...Read more

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What exactly is a cardiac diet?

What exactly is a cardiac diet?

Healthy Heart Plus: Healthy whole body; lots of fruits and veggies. Whole grains, nuts, beans. Fish. Less animal products (dairy, eggs, fatty meat. Choose lean meat like chicken, turkey). Less highly processed food. Watch salt. Limit caffeine. ...Read more

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What causes cardiac arrythmias?

What causes cardiac arrythmias?

Multiple: Causes include ischemic heart disease, heart attacks, problems with conduction system, a dilated heart, infections, and drugs to name a few. Treatment depends on the type of rhythm and the rate and symptoms. ...Read more

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What influences cardiac output?

What influences cardiac output?

Multiple things: Cardiac output is the product of heart rate in stroke volume. Thus, an increase in heart rate results in an increase in cardiac output. Stroke volume can be affected by changes in preload, afterload, and contractility (strength of contraction). Preload is "priming the pump". Afterload is the resistance to ejection during systole (contraction). ...Read more

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How is cardiac output calculated?

How is cardiac output calculated?

Indirectly: Indirectly, by equating the right cardiac output with the left cardiac output and putting a swan ganz catheter into the pulmonary artery. Or calculating the difference between the arteriol and venous oxygen content; this is called the fick formula. ...Read more

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What causes sudden cardiac death?

Sudden cardiac death: Is usually an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation with sudden inability of the heart to pump that can occur with or without a sudden clot of a coronary artery. ...Read more

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Can the black widow bite kill me?

Occurs rarely: It is rare for a healthy person to die from a black widow spider bite. An infant, elderly person or someone who already is struggling w a serious illness is more likely to have a poor prognosis. Ou can call the national poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 if you are bitten. Here is an excellent nih article: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002858.Htm. ...Read more

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Is cardiac output the same as ef%?

Is cardiac output the same as ef%?

Related but not the: Same. Co is a mathematical calculation of the amount of blood pump by the left ventricle of your heart in one minute (stroke volume x hr). The ejection fraction is a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving your left ventricle every time contract. Can be measure by 2d echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, nuclear scan, mri. Hope it help. ...Read more

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What is involved in cardiac rehab?

What is involved in cardiac rehab?

Supervised &: Monitored exercise program with highly trained professionals. ...Read more

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What is an average cardiac output?

What is an average cardiac output?

5 L per minute: The average cardiac output is somewhere around 5 l per minute. Cardiac output varies with the size of the patient (larger patients have larger cardiac output). Cardiac output is increased in conditions such as fever, anemia, or pregnancy. ...Read more

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What could increase cardiac output?

Cardiac output: Basically an increase in demand for oxygen by the body. This may be physiological (exercise) or pathological (sepsis - infection - fever) or increased metabolism (hyper active thyroid gland - hyperthyroidism) or abnormal conducts (shunting of blood). ...Read more