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What Medications Do You Treat Left Ventricular Failure
No where : Lv failure (I assume you mean reduced pumping power) does not result in any specific ECG findings. In fact, the ECG can look completely normal! On the other hand, in many patients, a whole range of abnormalities can be seen, including evidence of prior heart attacks (myocardial infarctions), conduction system disease, thickening of the heart muscle (hypertrophy), etc. See your doctor. ...Read more
Sick muscle: The heart is supposed to pump out a certain amount with every heart beat, if that amount is too low, e.g. Low out put, the heart muscle is too weak to do its job(failure). ...Read more
I have diagnosed with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction. I am confused as to what blood pressure medication will best slow this condition.?
Beta-blockers/ACEI: Diastolic properties in the heart are improved by slowing heart rate (lengthens the time of diastolic filling and relaxing the muscle (to enhance compliance and improve dastolic filling). Beta-blockers like Carvedilol have shown benefit in this setting as ave acei/arb agents. Calcium blockers may also help nicely in this setting. If diastolic failure, gentle diuresis might help. ...Read more
What is the antiarrythmic drug of choice for paroxysmal Afib started before 1yr in 72yr male hypertensive with mild left ventricular hyper trophy?
A-fib drugs: There are options for treating atrial fibrillation. 1) Use beta blockers &/or calcium blockers to control the heart rate, but this does not prevent a-fib episodes. 2) Anti-arrhythmic drugs vary in effectiveness and side effects: amiodarone, sotalol, flecainide, and dofetilide are used. 3) An ablation procedure is another strategy. Get a consult on HealthTap to look at your particular case! ...Read more
Does left ventricular atrial fibrillation in te past wid medication hav a say on sex life. Does impotency n premature ejaculation result from it.
Diastolic failure: The mildest form is called an "abnormal relaxation pattern", or grade i diastolic dysfunction. On the mitral inflow doppler echocardiogram, there is reversal of the normal e/a ratio. This pattern may develop normally with age in some patients, and many grade i patients will not have any clinical signs or symptoms of heart failure. ...Read more
Echocardiogram: This is most commonly done with an echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the heart. It is also assessed when dye is injected into the heart at the time of a cardiac catheterization or by the injection of radioactive substances into the heart, which is commonly done as part of a stress test. ...Read more
Ejection fraction: The left ventricle exists to pump blood throughout the body. During each heartbeat, the ventricle pumps a certain fraction of the blood it receives. A well-preserved function means that the ventricle is maintaining its ability to pump blood efficiently throughout the cardiovascular system. During heart failure, the ventricle typically loses this ability. ...Read more
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76yr old grandmom was diagnosed with left ventricular dysfunction. Said her left side was functioning at 48%. What does this mean overall & what is next?
Heart failure: Left side (ventricle) of heart pumps blood to body. Ejection fraction is a means to determine efficiency of heart at pumping out blood. Normal is greater than 50%. So anything less is left ventricular dysfunction aka heart failure. Best to control blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. Stop smoking. Check out http://goo.gl/VqLaQW for medication regimen to optimize health. ...Read more
ECG: Left ventricular obstruction has no meaning on an ecg. Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction can cause the left ventricle to hypertrophy anatomically. The hypertrophy can be seen on ecg as the LVH pattern. One can not however read 'obstruction' on an ecg, it can be suspected but not diagnosed by ecg alone absent other information. ...Read more
Pharmacotherapy: Drug therapy of arrhythmias is individualized and there is a lot of overlap of medications used for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. When the heart function is otherwise normal, drug therapy is 'safer' than in patients with abnormal ventricular function. Having said that we often have to treat arrhythmias in patients with abnormal ventricular function. Discuss with your doctor for your specific ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with mild global left ventricular hypokinesia with no regional wakl motion abnormalities, does this mean I'm going to die?
No: It is a description of an echo finding of the motion of your heart. Have you had a heart attack or an infection or other heart trouble. Discuss with your Dr and a better more understandable number is to ask what your ER (ejection fraction) is but this will depend on your age and health state. ...Read more
Same use for LVAD. : However, it is the location of the pump that makes it abdominal or chest. ...Read more
No: Patent it if you come up with one. ...Read more
More info needed: That depends on many additional pieces of information, such as your body size, clinical history, other structural circumstances of the heart, past medical history, function of the heart. If you are aware that you lv cavity size is mildly enlarged, you have had cardiac imaging; I recommend discussing this with your cardiologist for an accurate answer. ...Read more
Ventricular atrophy: Left ventricular atrophy is a reduction in size of the left ventricle of the heart, the chamber of the heart responsible for pumping freshly oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. People with this condition can experience a number of health complications, and there are treatments available to arrest or reverse the atrophy. ...Read more
Device, propel blood: It is a device that propels blood thus taking over the function of the weak and failing left lower heart chamber. It is typically implanted in patients with severe class 4 heart failure who would otherwise have little mobility or not survive due to the failing heart. ...Read more
Booster pump: Instead of a totally artificial heart which replaces the entire heart, a lvad is a much smaller pump that boosts the pumping ability of the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber). This has many technical advantages over a totally artificial heart. ...Read more
Help the heart: Lvad — for end stage hf and bridging for heart transplant and at times as a last resort treatment for refractory hf treatment. ...Read more
There are many: potential causes of dizziness when a patient has a cardiomyopathy. Some from low BP, some from arrhythmia and may from the medications used to treat the cardiomyopathy. These are concerns that should be discussed with your health care provider who has your full medical history available. ...Read more
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