Questions tagged [heart-disease]

Questions related to diseases involving the cardiovascular system - heart disease.

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Aspirin for prevention of heart attacks?

Aspirin is commonly given to patients with heart disease (angina or heart attack). It has been mentioned that it may also prevent heart attacks. Should normal healthy middle aged or older people also ...
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Should all persons with diabetes get statins?

Statins are cholesterol lowering agents that are given to almost all patients with past episode of heart attack, angina, angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery (CABG). Since persons with diabetes are ...
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Clot-busting drugs versus balloon angioplasty for heart attack patients reaching early in hospital

Which is better: thrombolysis (treatment with clot busting medication) or primary angioplasty (an invasive procedure for mechanical opening of the blocked artery)? Does it matter if the patient ...
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What heart conditions cause dizziness after/during exercise?

Lots of stuff causes dizziness after/during exercise. But if you Google "dizziness after exercise" you'll get 10,000 articles and lame blogs that are basically just copies of one another that all ...
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Should high triglyceride level in blood be treated to prevent heart disease?

My question is whether triglyceride levels in the 'high' range (200-500 mg/dl) are a risk factor for heart disease. There are different lipids in blood and high LDL cholesterol level in blood needs ...
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Difference between Eisenmenger syndrome and ventricular septal defect

What is the difference between Eisenmenger syndrome and ventricular septal defect? They are both related to a hole between the two ventricles, right?
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Who should take statins for prevention of heart disease and stroke?

Statins are very commonly used in patients with heart disease (angina, myocardial infarction or heart attack) and brain stroke to prevent recurrences and complications. Statins are one of the most ...
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Can all medicines be stopped after treatment by angioplasty?

Angioplasty (balloon dilatation of blocked arteries with or without stent placement) is often performed for heart diseases like angina. Does angioplasty means that person is fully cured? Do patients ...
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Is the heart disease risk arising from salt mediated entirely by blood pressure?

High salt intake appears to be well-established as a risk-factor for cardiovascular disease, usually cited as being due to its effect of increasing your blood pressure. I want to know if that's the ...
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Routine angioplasty after heart attack?

Angioplasty is a commonly performed procedure (with some risk) to open clogged arteries supplying blood to the heart. But is angioplasty always needed if a person has suffered a heart attack in the ...
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Acetaminophen after a heart attack [closed]

My grandmother was prescribed Dolo 325 (acetaminophen or paracetamol) after she had an episode of a silent heart attack. The dose is to be taken twice daily. Can anyone explain how this treatment ...
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Is the number of push-ups a person can do a good risk estimate for heart attacks?

According to this article below, people who can do more than 40 push-ups have lower risk of heart attack. Is this a valid claim? https://www.sciencealert.com/what-new-science-says-about-men-who-can-...
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Is olive leaf extract dangerous for low blood pressure?

I am 84 years old, with heart failure, diagnosed about 10 months ago, now successfully treated, and my naturally low blood pressure is kept at, or reduced to, a satisfactorily low level. I would not ...
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Surgery or angioplasty after angiography?

After angiography (done for episodes of anginal chest pains), how do doctors decide whether to go for angioplasty (balloon dilatation of blockages of arteries of heart) or surgery (coronary artery ...
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Coagulation problems in blue babies

What coagulation (blood clotting) problems may the patients with congenital cyanotic heart disease (blue babies) have and how are they treated?
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Beyond correlation, why is Frank's sign significant or not?

The Wikipedia lists Frank's sign as Frank's sign is a diagonal crease in the ear lobe extending from the tragus across the lobule to the rear edge of the auricle. The sign is named after Sanders T. ...
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If high cholesterol does not cause as atherosclerosis? Then what does?

I frequently come up with articles about the topic such as this one https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/study-says-theres-no-link-between-cholesterol-and-heart-disease/. Now, if there is no link ...
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What is the best cooking oil for a person with ischemic heart disease?

My grandmother has atherosclerosis and suffers from cardiovascular disease (ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease). The doctor recommended her not to eat butter or ghee. Which type of ...
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Why is the crescendo-decrescendo systolic murmur best heard at the cardiac base?

I'm writing a paper and came across a very specific question about heart sounds. Why is the crescendo-decrescendo systolic murmur best heard at the cardiac base? and why does it radiate to carotids? ...
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Max heart rate questions

Max Heart Rate How accurate really is the 220 -minus my age = max heart rate formula? I don't even come close no matter what I do. My max should be 187. Most blogs say I'm just not exercising hard ...
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Can Prediabetes cause coronary heart disease?

Is prediabetes a risk factor for coronary heart disease? In other words, can it cause angina, heart attacks and sudden death? Thanks for your answers.
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Avoiding acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary & cerebral edema

I have to fly to a town which is at high altitude. What precautions/drugs can I take to avoid acute mountain sickness or more life threatening accumulation of fluid in brain or lungs (high altitude ...
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Would it be fair to say heart disease, diabetes (II), and Alzheimer's disease are all the same health issue expressed different ways?

Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and I believe Alzheimer's as well, seem to all be the result of the body's plumbing being clogged up by fat and cholesterol deposits. Exercise, a diet low in artificial ...
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Is it worth testing regularly for oxidative stress?

I have read that oxidative stress is associated with neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, ageing, cancer, and diabetes. Popular health 'buzz' would suggest consuming antioxidant ...
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Is aggressive treatment needed in inferior wall type of heart attacks

Heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI) is broadly of 2 types: anterior wall and inferior wall, depending on the wall of heart involved. The anterior wall MI is far more dangerous, both in short ...
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How serious is the risk of second hand smoke?

I am a non-smoker but enjoy going to a smoke filled casino near me for about 4 hours once a week. I take breaks to go outside for a few minutes throughout. How much risk (heart disease, lung cancer, ...
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Can pectus excavatum increase the risk of cardio vascular disease?

With Pectus Excavatum the sternum is sunken inwards pushing organs slightly out of their normal position. My question is could this repositioning put additional pressure on the heart over time leading ...
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Eggs & heart health?

How does egg consumption impact atherosclerosis/cardiovascular disease risk? I'd especially welcome experimental studies.
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What is the most advanced non-invasive technology these days for identifying clogged arteries?

What is the most advanced non-invasive technology these days for identifying clogged arteries?
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Medicines as good as surgery or devices for which heart conditions?

For most heart disease, there are three kinds of treatments available: medicines devices (percutaneous interventions - usually performed via arteries and veins of upper thigh) and surgery e.g. ...
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Does sleeping in daytime actually kill?

My dad takes naps at daytime frequently. He asked me recently if sleeping at daytime actually kill you, since he had been reading medical articles that claim that taking naps increases chance of ...
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Do all very old people have heart failure?

A 95 year old will probably not be able to do hard exercise, such as running fast for one hour per day. The heart of such a person won't have the capacity to pump the required amount of blood through ...
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Is Myocarditis infectious?

How can Myocarditis spread from a person who has it? Is touching a person who died of Myocarditis dangerous?
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Aspirin / statin for preventing coronary heart disease in prediabetes?

If a person has prediabetes what are the risks of taking aspirin and/or statins to prevent risk of coronary heart disease (angina, heart attack, sudden death)?
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Difference between acyanotic and cyanotic

Recently I have been watching khan academy videos on acyanotic and cyanotic diseases. I know that acyanotic means not blue and cyanotic blue. Because I still can not understand the difference between ...
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Assessing the risk of heart attacks and similar conditions

What all factors predispose to risk of vascular plaque formation (atherosclerosis) which may lead to heart attack, unstable angina, need for coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty, heart failure, ...
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Why would one Carotid Artery be blocked but not the other

Why would one Carotid Artery be blocked but not the other. I know someone who has a 50% blockage on the left side, but minimal on the other ... why would this be?
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Do patients with angina have a high risk of dying?

Angina is a common form of heart disease. Is it a highly dangerous condition with high risk of death in short term? What is one year death rate in patients diagnosed with angina?
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Newer drugs useful for acute heart failure

Diuretics (drugs which increase urine output), morphine and oxygen are often used to treat patients who have to come to emergency ward with acute heart failure. But what are newer drugs useful for ...
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Afterload during Cardiac failure?

So one of the clinical signs of Cardiac insufficiency is a low blood pressure, and to treat cardiac insufficiency we try to decrease the Afterload. what I don't get is that the Afterload is defined as ...
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How is myocarditis diagnosed?

How is inflammation of the hearth muscle (myocarditis) diagnosed? What are typical symptoms? What is it commonly mixed up with? How do you differentiate reliably?
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When is angiography needed in stable angina patients?

Under which conditions is angiography needed in patients who have 'stable angina')? In other words, what are the 'indications' of angiography in such patients? The angiography is done with a view to ...
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When to phlebotomize in Eisenmenger syndrome?

Secondary erythrocytosis occurs in Eisenmenger syndrome as opposed to polycythaemia. Haemoglobin levels can be quite high and levels such as 22 g/L are common. Phlebotomy is commonly used to treat ...
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EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) therapy v/s Angioplasty and Bypass surgery

I have read some article about EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) therapy for the treatment of angina and some doctors even saying that it must be suggested as the first option and others doesn'...
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What natural supplements exist to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol?

The doctor told me to use Niacin or Red Yeast to reduce cholesterol. Examine.com, which seems to be pretty legit, seems to support using Garlic as a natural alternative. What supplements exist with ...
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Stress test or straight angiography for mild chest pain?

For persons who get mild chest pain, which could be angina, is it better to undergo a stress test first or straight go for angiography? Thanks for your comments and answers.
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Fainted history in both myself and my father. Can it be related?

I am a twenty five year old male, pretty fit, no known conditions. I fainted last night for a few seconds and although I will get it checked out, it has to wait for a week or two so I thought I'd get ...
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If you are told you're going to have a heart attack in one month, what can you do now to prevent it?

If an unhealthy individual were given this news, could they make enough life style changes in a single month to prevent an impending heart attack without medical intervention? What would be the first ...
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Treadmill test versus nuclear stress test for evaluation of angina

Which is better- treadmill test or nuclear stress test for evaluation of angina? Are there any factors that affect the choice of the test? Thanks for your responses.
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How is choice made between coronary angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery

Coronary angioplasty (PTCA or PCI with stenting) and coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) are 2 main methods to treat severe symptomatic coronary artery disease. Former is done through tiny ...