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I was diagnosed with a ascending aortic aneurysm by my family doctor. Do I need to go see a heart doctor?

Yes. Ascending aortic aneurysms are treated once they reach 6cm in diameter. They are treated to prevent rupture. Typically they are monitored by ct angiograms once a year. A cardiothoracic surgeon is perfect to follow such a condition. Read more...
Likely yes. Ascending aa usually get eval by cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiologist. There is risk of rupture that increases with size and risk of involvement of aortic valve of heart and arteries supplying head and arms. Treatment options depend on your health and specifics of aneurysm. Blood pressure control and stopping tobacco use critical. I expect you will be getting referrals at some point in workup. Read more...

When to see a heart doctor.

Well care. I recommend seeing a pcp first unless you have specific cardiac symptoms. Bp, cholesterol and a general well care visit is a good place to start. Read more...

How to get cheap heart cardiology doctor fees?

Lol. Good question. There are some very reasonably priced screening tests. For example my clinic does lipid profiles for $10. Also we do coronary calcium screenings for $99 (best noninvasive screening test for CAD in men over 40 & women over 50) & don't forget healthtap :-) doesn't get any better than free, right? Read more...
Be Careful... ... What you ask for. Would you have confidence in a doctor who must lower his fees to attract patients? Read more...
Yes. Often, the cardiology consult is cheaper than a plumber visit. Additionally, the test fees can be negotiated with the physician in some instances. Read more...
Lower fees. A compassionate physician would lower his fees if ur situation is economically stressed. I treat lots hispanics w no insurance. What good is ur consult if can't afford it. Some docs never came from hard times as i did. Must we place money above the care of the people. Shame. Read more...
Fees. Paying 30-50dlls is reasonable. Even in Mexico that is what people pay when seeing a doctor. Read more...

Cardiology help please. 30, stressed, twinge in heart. Happens a lot. Doc mocks me?

Difficult to know. Although it is possible that you could have heart disease or lung disease, it is more likely that this is a less serious condition, such as chest wall muscle spasm, or anxiety disorder/panic disorder. Further evaluations by your doctor will allow you to find out what is really wrong. Read more...
Depends on your risk. There are 5 major risk factors for coronary artery disease. Your doctor will describe your chest pain is typical of angina or atypical. If you have no risk factors and your description is atypical, your risk of coronary disease is low. If you have multiple risk factors and your description is typical, you are at risk for heart attack or death. Read more...
Stress test. It is rare for 30-year-olds to have true coronary disease, and your description of the pain suggests it is simply stress and nothing more. It is worth seeing a cardiologist for a stress test to be sure, however. Although rare, true heart disease sometimes does occur in young people. Best not to assume. Read more...
Before mocking. You should have some basic tests. Laboratory tests to make sure electrolytes are balanced. A holter to rule out arrhythmias. A stress test and an echocardiogram to rule out other concerns. If these are normal, then mocking can be considered :). Read more...

Grandma uses a patch from the heart doctor. What kind of problem could be treated with a patch?

THE PATCH. Well, there are many meds that come in patches. Considering you are talking about grandma, i will have to assume she is getting a Nitroglycerin patch for her heart. Read more...

I was told I got a PFO what is it and when does it have to get closed or does it have to be closed. And is it bad what will the heart doctor do?

Small hole in heart. A PFO is a "patent foramen ovale." it is a hole that remained open in your heart when it should have closed after birth. Many times, it is harmless, but sometimes, it can cause serious heart and breathing problems. That should be looked at in detail, and one way can be with a test called a "bubble echo." i would see a heart specialist. Read more...
Hole in the heart. Pfo (patent foramen ovale) is a persistent hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Everyone has one when born but the hole stays open in about 25% of people. It only needs to be fixed (with a closure device inserted through a catheter in the vein) if there is evidence of clot(s) crossing from the r to l atrium (patients with TIA or stroke and a pfo). Read more...

I was told I have were a mild numbers of asystoles during my sleep test. What does this mean and should I see a heart doctor?

Maybe. I am going to assume these are really episodes in which the heart stopped for seconds, rather than some non-expert mistaking an "extrasystole" (irregular beat). Get the exact facts, then visit with your physician about the need for a cardiology referral. Read more...

I had 3 steroid shots in my back but didn't do any good, but my heart doctor told me that I shoudn't get another shot in my back.

Steroid shots. Your heart doctor gave you good advice. A new study published in July 2014 suggested that steroid shots may not offer much long-term benefit for patients with back pain from spinal stenosis. This raises concern for steroid shots for any type of back pain. More generally, if you have tried any therapy 3 times without relief, it is unlikely to work the 4th time. Read more...
Steroid shots. Your heart doctor gave you good advice. A new study published in July 2014 suggested that steroid shots may not offer much long-term benefit for patients with back pain from spinal stenosis. This raises concern for use of steroid shots for any type of back pain. More generally, if you have tried any therapy 3 times without relief, it is unlikely to work the 4th time. Read more...