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Nuclear Stress test
How many times is it safe to have this test done? Two days ago they did it on me for the 5th time so I am...More
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Reply: I was diagnosed with a heart murmur and it was a s...
Hi: A heart murmur is simply a turbulent sound, which may/can come and go throughout life, and...More
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If you have no symptoms why was a stress test run? How long where you able to exercise? Was there any changes...More
Posted by billh99
Reply: worried about my heart due to drug use,
Hi: "I haven't touched any drug whatsoever in over a year and a half." Kudos on that. "I have...More
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Reply: Skinny but fat stomach
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Reply: Mitral regurgitation
The part about the 'enlarged heart' bothers me. I would either get a repeat echo within 3-6 months or a...More
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Reply: Amplatzer Device for VSD
How old are you? Do you have any symptoms? Is your left or right ventricular size or function abnormal? If...More
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Reply: cardio-pulmonary challenges in runner
Your heart rate is not surprising as a runner. The 'hole in the heart' is a relative finding as about 1/3...More
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Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk
"Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers...More
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Reply: Extreme Exhaustion
They blew me off. And now my co-pay insurance ran out. Thanks for the responses.More
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Experimental drug LCZ696 for treating heart failur...
An experimental heart failure drug developed by Novartis shows potential to become a blockbuster drug....More
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Experimental drug LCZ696 for treating heart failur...
An experimental heart failure drug developed by Novartis shows potential to become a blockbuster drug....More
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Reply: Chest pain 3 years all test normal
Hi: Keep pursuing this particular individualized health/medical matter until you are 100%...More
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Reply: Heart failure at 32...
Hi: "my ejection fraction was between 10-20%" Some individuals who have a low (moderate) or a really...More
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Reply: Chest Pain
Hi: Medical rule of thumb, report ANY bothersome, concerning, troublesome, worrisome, worsening or...More
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Reply: Heart PVC'S with Panic Disorder and OCD......
Hi: "I have lost 65 lbs and am now a healthy weight" Kudos on the weight loss. "I always noted...More
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Reply: Pain
Hi: "Should I go to er?" Hard to tell on the Net, and not because your electrocardiogram (ECG) and...More
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Reply: My 97 year old father is now in Hospice
Hi: "He has only 10 % heart function." The % factor - Heart function Some individuals who have a...More
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Reply: Stenting or Surgery ?
Hi: "However, they are divided in opinions on whether to do a surgery or more stenting." L@@K back...More
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Presyncopal episodes in gym/stage
Im a 64 y/o man, competitive bodybuilder of over 10 years. Not dabbling in it as it were but am at the top of...More
Posted by yakabebe
Reply: Nuclear stress test result meaning
I had an angiogram done and I was told I am fine. This is another case of false positive from nuclear stress...More
Posted by joeyn_2014
Reply: CHF
When standing the heart needs to pump with enough force to not only allow the blood to flow to the feet (and...More
Posted by billh99
Reply: Left Ventricular Non-Compaction (LVNC) question
Hi: ......"and that its a FORM of heart failure. This bothers me so much that I never knew and im...More
Posted by cardiostarusa1
Reply: Hospitalizations, deaths for heart disease fall
The decline in heart disease deaths in the USA since 1970 has fascinated me. I have studied this trend and...More
Posted by bobby75703
Reply: congenital heart disease ventricular septal defect
Hi: "is there any treatment" General info VSD Treatment (Excerpts) Many times observation is...More
Posted by cardiostarusa1
Reply: Heart and weight issues
Bill said it well. On the weight issue I can't speak for others, but for myself I find eliminating bread...More
Posted by bobby75703
High-intensity workouts safe for heart transplant ...
Excerpts: Vigorous exercise appears to be safe and beneficial for heart transplant patients, according...More
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Reply: Palpitations and Burping?
Hi I'm having all the same symptoms, belching and frequent desire to belch after eating, but most concerning...More
Posted by max74
Reply: Potassium Levels
Have the test for Potassium done over. A high number of errors in reporting potassium is a problem with many...More
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Reply: Difficulty in breathing at night, 2 years after by...
Hi: "Yesterday he is complaining about the difficulty in breathing at night" He should see/consult...More
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