I had a c.t. scan to check on lung nodules that appeared a year ago. My scan showed an ectatic ascending aorta 3.4cm. I am under 40 with low blood pressure. Is this something to be just watch or do i need to see a cardiologist? They told me they would call me on Monday with more information. I guess I will have to wait until Monday, but I'm a little concerned after googling it!View Thread
I had my triple bypass operation just over 6 years ago. All went well and I still have no complaints. I have been a government/state (Tygerberg Hospital) in South Africa patient of one of our big training hospitals. From day after the operation I was put on two blood pressure medications (enalapril & atenolol). I was howerver discharged from the care of Tygerberg July 2014. I was told that the clinic must just keep on with medication as they have prescribed it to me. My blood pressure do go low at times e.g 145/70 (9 July 2014); 100/60 (3 Sept 2015) and 115/49 (1 April 2015) but Tygerberg was quite happy with it ... Now the local clinic doctor want to take the Atenolol tablets away and I am concerned about that .... What I am interested in is & want to find out is do you also use TWO types of blood pressure tablets at the same time and if so what brands and how long ago you've had your bypass operation. This is just a matter of interest. Many thanks for your responding to my message. Sincerely, Poppie OosthuizenView Thread
Hello. My now 4 year old had been followed by a paediatric cardiologist since he was 19 months. He was a premie, born 32 weeks by emerg csection, was intubated for 24 hours and cpap for 72 hours. Had several complications but was released at 6 weeks. He had several bouts of brochialitis and at 18 months was admitted for pneumonia. The peadiatric doctor finally noticed was I had been seeing periodically cynosis of the lips and nail beds at the hospital. He had his third echo then and was told he had a few signs of pulmonary hypertension. Slight Right valve enlargement and flattening of the septum. He had been followed and 4 echos later and now at 4 years old, his echos have not changed. Exact same. No pressure issues, no murmur, no hole, nothing else that would indicate pulmonary hypertension except for these two indicators. He has had signs of asthma, has been on flovent since he was one and gets sick often. When running or vigorous activity he does stop to catch his breath out gets tired. The respiratory specialist didn't believe he has chronic asthma. We have been referred to the pulmonary hypertension clinic at our local sick kids hospital and waiting to be seen. My question is, can this be something else? Are there any other reasons other than pulmonary hypertension that he has the flat septum and enlarged right ventricle? He is a normal 4 year old, does get sick often, pneumonia about 3 times confirmed and had cynosis blue lips and nail beds only when hes been really sick with high fever. What can we expect? Thank you for your helpView Thread
I have high pressure and take a BC pill along with a BP pill=Lostran 50/12.5 HCTZ. Since about nov 2014 I have had 1 leg stay bigger more swollen than the other-right leg.
I have had ultra sound of leg echo of heart, kidney, liver blood pressure test on legs, arms Have tried Lasix--didn't seem to help. Blood pressure 115/75.
Everything has come back normal. My primary doctor thinks its just where the blood doesn't flow good around. I can't remember what it's called now.
I haven't been referred to a cardiologist. It's really noticably on my legs and sometimes toward the ankle the skins will turn red.
I hurt my right ankle last summer and it took a long time to heal but I think this was actually happening before I was hurt. I have to be careful what kind of socks I wear. I have worn the support knee highs before a few summers ago but I don't remember if my legs were red at that time or just swollen.
Any suggestions or do I just need to deal with it?View Thread
A couple of nights ago, i was at work and I had a throbbing pain in my lower left back. I thought I might've pulled a muscle or something. But early the next morning, I woke up to stabbing pain from my back that is radiating to my chest. I was rushed to the ER and I told the doctor that the pain is similar to the pain and location of two yrs ago when I had pneumonia (lung infection). He listened to my chest and said I sound fine and it's my muscle. So he told me ibuprofen and massage will fix me up. Today is the second day and again, I woke up to extreme pain, I get chills and my left body feels weak. It hurts when I inhale and it feels like someone is clutching my heart. My back gets sharp pain when I change position and my chest hurts again. So is this normal symptoms for muscle strain?View Thread
Dr. Beckerman recently reviewed an article on Statins, and while it did mention some side effects, I feel it was silent on other issues that my call into question its nearly unchallenged use as a "silver bullet". First, studies show that cholesterol does NOT have a strong correlation with heart disease. In fact if you don't have another major risk factor (obesity, previous heart attack, family history), then statins have very little benefit. Second, statins don't "save lives", but merely prolong them - but how much. The very large Heart Protective Study (HPS) showed only 2% of the people on statins lived longer than those not on statins and they only lived an average of 6 months longer. And overall the mortality rate was the same, implying that statins may shorten some lives as much as they lengthen others. Also note that newer studies are showing that one of the best ways to lower cholesterol is NOT a low fat diet as once highly promoted by most doctors and the AHA, but instead a low carb diet (particularly reducing highly processed carbs like sugar and flour). Think of carbs like a time-released medicine. These medicines have warnings like "do not crush" - that is because crushing nullifies the time-released coatings and lets it all go into your bloodstream at once. Drug attics know this. So carbs are the same. If you process them (flour), then your system can quickly "mainline" them, causing your insulin to go crazy and causing your liver to release cholesterol. If you get all your carbs from whole foods (fruits, veggies) then the time-release protection remains in place and your system stays in balance. Think about it! Don't blindly take statins because your doctor thinks you are too lazy to improve you diet, exercise and lifestyle. Do the right thing as making those improvements will make you healthier in many more ways. Your 4 pillars of health are: A good diet, exercise, good sleep and stress reduction. Pretty simple.
Start some of your own research here . And see the HPS analysis here.
So, Dr B, I don't imagine you have time to read these posts, but if so, please let us know what you think and if the provided links are crazy or worth considering and how you would reply to them.View Thread
Is it a bad idea to do any form of exercise such as running if someone is diagnosed with mild pericardial...
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Is it a bad idea to do any form of exercise such as running if someone is diagnosed with mild pericardial effusion? I can't seem to find much information on this subject and would like to hear any opinions with explanation.View Thread
Hello. I'm a 23 year old male. I have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator since I suffer from Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia. I take sotalol to avoid heart arrhythmias. Four days ago, while I was seated after dinner, I felt dizzy, my head felt light and then I felt 4 thumps in my heart. These thumps were not palpitations, and my defibrillator did not give any shock. It happened again more 2 times that night. The two days after, after 18h00, with 1 hour intervals, I feel like my heart is lighter and a weird sensation that spreads around the heart. This sensations last 2 seconds. Today, again after dinner and while seated, I felt the same dizziness from 4 days ago, followed by the 4 heart thumps. At this point, I'm not sure if they are heart thumps, muscle twitching or something else, but is very near the heart. I went to the hospital before yesterday and everything was fine. I did an electrocardiography and blood tests. Troponin levels were fine. Blood sugar and pressure were also fine. Any clue of what this may be? Thanks!View Thread
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