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Avatar_n_tn My mother was recently told that she had three (3) leaky valves. Two(2) "important ones", one(1)"not so important". This was the extent of what she knows about her condition. She has a history of heart disease and has had a double by-pass years ago, and has lived with a lot of angina attacks, which have gotten worse in recent months. Do the valves effect these attacks? What if anything can be done?
Avatar_f_tn an echocardiagram will usually san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan> pericarditis and myocarditis- after that a cardiologist may want to do a he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt cath to make sure the v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves and he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt muscles are working properly as well as look for clogged arteries- pericarditis and myocarditis can occur at the same time- if this is being suspected you need to be seen by a cardiologist before a rhuematologist. Wishing you all the best!
12182312_tn?1427687556 Heart catheterization where they thread a catheter (cath) through your leg up to your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt, then they inject die. They watch an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan> it flows through the arteries to see an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> they are. MRI can get this too.
Avatar_f_tn The coronary arteries are not the vessels which actually feed the heart with blood to be pumped through the v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves and through the body. Your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt would not receive any more blood into the chambers with the artery being opened up. Your heart may simply be working more efficiently and pumping more blood with each cycle. More likely the valves had problems before but wasn't discovered or the condition was very mild then. are the valves leaking mild/moderate or severe?
447939_tn?1235065543 Most of the time it is he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt disease, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> arteries, or possibly erratic beating of the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt which causes it. Sleep apnea also is a new major factor of heart problems, so watch out for that.
519122_tn?1211903614 That's where they put the gel on your chest and run the hand held gizmo over your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt area to see the v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves and chambers of your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt. They can make sure the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt size and valves are in good condition. I've had a heart murmur all my life (I'm old at 55), 2 of my three kids have heart murmurs but they're fine. Some heart murmurs are nothing more than a little bit of noise that's made when the heart pumps. It an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Doesan>n't always indicate a problem.
428185_tn?1203745389 as far as Bob goes, I've read many of his posts and he seems to have a pretty good handle on what he's talking about. I think he is refering to a type of he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt attack in which your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt either stops suddenly or goes into a type of V-tach from which there is no recovery unless you have help immediately. Both of these are dure to electrical problems with the heart and not usually due to CaD. I hope everything works out for you!
3242549_tn?1349201343 I read that that occurs with mitral valve prolapse. You probably already know it, but the mitral valve is one of the four he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves. Hope this helps. Good luck and Gos bless.
Avatar_m_tn but I understand that 1. The arteries are what get <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> with plaque. 2. The veins don’t get <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> up. Question #1. Is my understanding correct? When a vein is removed from your leg or arm to be used for the bypass grafts, it is then acting as arteries. Question #2. Can these vein parts then get clogged up if diet, exercise etc are not properly maintained?
698733_tn?1231930570 I'm 35yrs in good health, non smoker, no drugs, good diet and moderate exercise. My father in his late 60's had a he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt attack due to his he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves were very clogged up due to bad diet and smoking and boozing. This, I think has been the catalyst for my crippling phobia. I have now developed thing really annoying thing these days which is being scared to have a glass of wine as its makes my heart race (as alcohol) an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Doesan> anyway.
Avatar_n_tn My mom's doctors thought that she only had two v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves to replace and after the angiogram it san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan>ed three v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves and three main arteries <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span>. She only had days to live without surgery. Stop smoking, stop drinking and eat a healthy diet with very little salt. Reduce your fat and if you can stop eating red meat. Reduce your stress if possible. We have 12 people in our family with heart disease. We have been through this over and over.
Avatar_n_tn Usually, doctors ordered an EKG test for he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt rthymn, then an echocardiogram to check the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt valves and listen to them, then off to the stress test on the trendmill and another echocardiogram to see what it san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan>s during exercise. If these tests look abnormal, the doctor will order an angiogram. The angiogram is the best procedure and provides the most knowledge for blocked arteries. If needed, they can also measure the pressures in the valves during the angiogram.
Avatar_n_tn But in some, the radiation can damage the heart in one of several ways, including damaging the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt muscle, the v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves, or the coronary arteries. Damage to the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt muscle is called cardiomyopathy. This term is used when the muscle an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Doesan> not work as well as it should. It generally affects the left ventricle (chamber) more than other parts of the heart, causing it to be stiff and less responsive to changes. Usually when someone is at rest the heart an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Doesan> not have to work hard.
Avatar_n_tn My dad had a quad CaBG, with a 90,80,80,60 at 54. His brother died of a he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt attack at 41. Their father had a quad CaBG in his late 60's. My other grandfather had CHD in his 70's. I grew up in fast food nation, and I am from the south, so i've been eating crisco and chicken nuggets all my life. I smoked from 16-25 recreationally but no more. I had an echo done, and ran a stress test, and it san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan>ed nothing. Obviously, I am a very high risk person. Do I have clogged arteries already?
Avatar_f_tn Hi again, I had an echocardiogram in december...v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves are normal...nothing wrong in the structural of my he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt... I think I mayave <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> arteries from smoking cigarettes for almost 24 years and had also morbid obesity until 26 yo when I had my gastric by pass surgery. also the lack of exercise an poor diet choices...
Avatar_f_tn I started taking some herbs goat's rue, nursing tincture.i don't take fenugreek since it creats <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> milk ducts.since my baby drinks very slow , i choose toexclusively pump.here is my schedule. 8.30am -12.00am-3.30pm-7.00pm-10.30pm-4.00am.each time i pump i get only 2-3 oz.rarely 4 oz.i am giving extra formula to my baby to make up.
Avatar_n_tn Well as it turned out I was having a heart attack right there but I felt just that dull ache in my chest I got the nitrogliceren pill under my tounge I also got what they call a clot buster to thin out the blood to remove clots stuck in ur he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves. I was more scared of this than having a he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt attack because they told me 1 in 400 hundred die from it. It was December 17 2002 I had a 1 yr old and a 5 yo.
Avatar_m_tn He wanted me to have an EKG since I had just turned 51. It san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan>ed that I had a previous heart attack. I was shocked since I have never had any chest or arm pain and no shortness of breath or tiredness. He wants me to have a nuclear stress test which I am balking at since I'm having trouble believing the EKG. any advice?
Avatar_n_tn The heart doctor did a thing where they go into the groin and clear out the v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves in the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt. His he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt was 80% <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span>. I just worried. He used to have seizures, but hasn't had one in three years. I was thinking or wondering if the meds are his problem.
748902_tn?1286038358 I don't think an angiogram can detect it, it's looking for blocked arteries. a murmur is related to the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves. I'm sure someone must have listended to your heart when you had the angio workup. I'm guessing they either didn't hear it at the time and the murmur is a more recent development, or they just missed it. The next thing to do is get an echo to see what the valve(s) are doing.
7643917_tn?1392930757 The nice thing about my he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt is that I'm not <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> at all. My v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves are very brittle said the surgeon. I painted pottery for 15 yrs. which used as a base ground glass. Trust me when I say this I am messy artist. I on some level just need to talk. I'm keepin' on, but man o man. Have a good day.
Avatar_n_tn The use of two mechanical valves instead of the proposed machanical + bioprosthetic v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves. 2. The use of St Judes bileaflet v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves for both valve replacements. 3.We are very encouraged by the work done by the Cleveland doctors on minimal invasive surgery and would prefer this method to the standard surgery. But is it advisable in the case of double valve replacement? NB! repair of the mitral seems remote. 4.
Avatar_n_tn Yes, the pain might be an indicator of occluded coronary arteries, although you are rather young for that. The EKG can detect certain signs of heart disease but is limited. To check for clogged arteries, an angiogram is the definitive test. If you are continuing to experience the pain, you may want to pursue heart tests other than the EKG (such as an echocardiogram, stress test, angiogram, etc) with a cardiologist. You have probably been informed that elevated liver enzymes are a serious matter.
Avatar_n_tn I had an abdominal ultrasound which san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan>ed nothing abnormal in the aorta and had a chest x-ray which san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Howan>ed normal size he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt. My daughter said 'wow daddy I can hear your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt beat' even though her head was about a foot from my chest not touching me. My pulse will actually shake the bed a little bit. I know what you are thinking - high blood pressure. But whether I use a digital or a manual monitor, I get something < 120/80 and this coincides with what healthcare professionals measure.
Avatar_f_tn , only that everything was good, pressures, and v<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>lves, and no <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> artieries. My holter monitor results came out good, although 2 years ago I had a case of palpitations for about 2 weeks straight, which I had checked out, but they told me not to worry and those never came back. My parents both have high blood pressure, and my grandma had to have a few stents put in to open up some blocked arteries.
Avatar_n_tn But, my father's doctor is not encouraging him to have the test done in which a wire is insterted into the he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt and a rapid he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt beat is induced. This then leads to surgery for a pacemaker/defibrillator combination device that would control the problem. My father is anxious to begin driving again, if only in limited amounts to take himself to the grocery store and to doctors' appointments. He also would like to take every step possible to extend his life because he is still enjoying it.
Avatar_n_tn and my cardiologist is thinking I should get a he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt cath done to see if I have any <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> arterties. anyone familiar with this? Is a heart cath dangerous? I am waiting to hear if my primary care doctor wants to add aCE Inhibiotors, etc....I am taking atenelol now as I have stated before. I would appreciate any input. Thanks.
Avatar_n_tn my father is 45 and has already had 2 surgerys to put stems in his he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt (<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>clogged</span> arterys) and at 21 my brother was diagnosed with a heart condition that when he gets stressed the muscles contract blocking blood flow to the heart. the doctor gave him some meds for when hes stressed and his chest hurts to take them.
Avatar_m_tn Honestly, you situation sounds like a typical presentation of simple extra beats which in my recollection dont raise a lot of concern as long as your he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt is a structurally normal one (ie. No he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt disease or genetic abnormalities, broken valves, etc). Metaprolol is a fine beta blocker if it works. as for a procedure though, there are some risks, and I would be inclined to use someone that I have a high degree of trust in (i.e. US board certified MD's for instance).
Avatar_n_tn Two days ago I had just finished eating breakfast and was sitting down when I felt strange, so I took my pulse and it was going really fast for about 10 beats and then it slowed back down again (my normal resting he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt rate after the 2 ablations is about 50). I just feel like my he<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>rt is really agitated--it seems constantly on the verge of arrythmia. I am scared to exercise or do much at all. Can the way a PVC feels change over time?