Medical hole in heart stroke patients

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Avatar f tn Rather than a '2nd opinion' it is important that you meet with your doctor or visit a cardiologist so that the echocardiogram report can be interpreted in the context of your medical history. As you know, a hole in the heart that involves the top chambers or 'atria' is called an atrial septal defect. They may also be called a patent foramen ovale or PFO.
Avatar f tn I'm 40 female and told I have 8mm hole in heart. Irregular heartbeat, palpitations, short breath. Put on meds to slow down heart rate. What are my options? My Cardiologist says they don't perform invasive techniques. I need to know more. Where do I go to now?
Avatar n tn My 81 year old father had 5 mini strokes during a proceedure on his lungs in Dec 2007. The gel they used leaked through a small (unknown) hole in his heart and caused the strokes. He went through rehab and was able to come home walking, talking and eating. About 4 weeks ago, he had a UTI that went undiagnosed for almost 3 wks and became dehydrated and had to go back to the hospital.
Avatar n tn (1) there is no excuse for a bedsore except poor nursing care (2) there is no excuse for a bedsore except poor nursing care (3) re-read the preceding two excuses. That being said, the care given stroke patients in many facilities is pretty crummy, with a few notable exceptions. I'm not exactly sure why that is.
Avatar m tn My father in law had a stroke about a month back. We are getting very little feedback from the doctor and nurses. We tried moving him to another hospital but were told we need a medical reason to move him or our medical insurance will not pay. From the onset of him being unresponsive and immediately admitted to ICU the doctors were not sure of what had happened. Then we were told it was not a stroke.
Avatar n tn With out being able to get help at all from my employer it has led to a loss of a job and the end of a marriage I fell as if you work in the medical field and as long as all the physical sighns are gon no body will believe you when you try to tell them something is very wrong and that you are not the same person. I fell as something changed that day and some part of me never came back.
Avatar n tn I also had a stroke and all of my top doctors said that it is more dangerous to stay on blood thinners for your whole life than to be off of them....especially if it was because of the pill! For example, if a person on blood thinners were in a car accident, they would most likely bleed out. I was only on them for a year and then I was put on aspirin and now on baby aspirin. You should look into these options.
Avatar n tn It contains a chemical that causes it to harden, and it continues to harden in the gut and will not negotiate the turns in the intestine. In addition, stroke patients often have peristaltic and motility problems. These are the sequential muscular waves that drive waste through the passageways down to the rectum. She has a good chance of great improvement, proving the initial problem that caused the stroke is stabilized. Never give up hope.
Avatar n tn Response to Heather . I also would like to thank you for your storY, Dan. Heather.... I am also a 30 yr. old ( male ). 2 weeks ago I went in to the ER for all the same symptoms all the rest of you stroke survivors had. But my major complaint other than the Dizzieness, was I was experienceing right leg numbness. Well to make a long story a little shorter,I was experiencing a stroke ...
Avatar n tn finally focused on my heart and eventually found a significantly large PFO. They repaired the hole w/a patch in Bethesda, MD...However, after a month, I began having mini episodes similar but less intense. It's been going on ever since. Description: 20 minutes of a small white polygon center wrapped with a thin ring of multi-colored wavy lines that increase in size until it eventually dissapears.
Avatar n tn What I've noticed is that stroke patients seem to lack self motivation. That's where you come in. Keep after the patient everyday. Keep them active and keep on challenging their stroke induced deficiencies. Their diet is now extremely important. High in protien. More sleep is important too, I think. She can sleep 12 hours a day now. Just remember, NEVER GIVE UP! It's gonna take lots of time. Keep on get'en it!
Avatar m tn Well, tomorrow the day and we will find out if I have some severely narrowed or obstructed heart arteries/vessels which did not appear in a Heart Cath back in June 2009. The worst narrowing found back then was an 80% occlusion or narrowing in a diagonal. Stenting was deferred.
Avatar n tn I am a 43 year old female. I was just told I had had a stroke in the thalamus. I was told I also had a small hole in my heart that needed repaired. Last night my left arm began hurting me to the point I could not get comfortable to go to sleep. Could this be due to coumadein or the stroke in the area that I had it? Could someone please help me with an answer.
Avatar n tn ttec, Thanks for the post. Q1:"Are there any specific questions I should ask the surgeon regarding my surgery which may be important later in life?" Just whether or not the ASD was completely closed. Q2:"I was 'on pump' for ~35 minutes. I have read some reports of long term effects, especially regarding memory. Are these reports significant/true?
Avatar n tn I want to impress upon you it is not necessarily the rate at the time but when the heart returns to normal sinus rhythmn that a clot can be ejected from the heart ,travel to the brain resulting in stroke.Researchers are now recongnizing that stroke does occur in younger adults 40's plus who have A-fib.I guarentee you if you talk with a good cardilogist he will recommend a more aggressive course of action.A stroke can kill you, leave you mildly to severly disabled even at age 45.
Avatar f tn The doctors may tell him to stay well hydrated but most fail to mention that you also need to eat a lot of protein as well, as it is the protein in the body which helps to 'hold onto the fluids' in the body. ALL babies the world over are born with a hole in the heart and have 'functional' heart murmurs; almost all holes close by the time the baby turns a year of age.
Avatar n tn I too suffer from anxiety symptoms. I have been to 4 different doctors and had blood work and physical exams and everyone tells me that it is anxiety. Currently taking Lexapro for about 3 weeks now .. starting to see some improvement but I've been on Xanax and Ativan in the past. My symptoms are just this pressure on my head and feeling shaky and cold, my heart races, I turn pale, stomach problems, etc. I had a hard time accepting that it was all due to anxiety ..
Avatar n tn Sometimes I can go months with none, other times I am having several a minute including other atrial arrhythmias like SVT. Ectopic beats are not deadly in a structurally normal heart. Even a lot of them. In fact, unless you're having thousands a day, most doctors won't even blink. You can be half insane with worry over something that is probably only hurting you in terms of your blood pressure (from the undue, unnecessary stress).
Avatar f tn My mom had something similar and went in to have it removed. She has a tiny scar, but is glad it is gone. I don't know what caused it. Her procedure was outpatient, so she went home the same day.
Avatar n tn They have told her that they (the doctors) believe she may have a hole in her heart (ASD or VSD?) and now her kidneys are beginning to shut down. They tried to get her transferred to another hospital that might be able to handle or help her. Nothing is happening, and I am very concerned. She has a 5 year old daughter, that truly does not understand this. Can someone help me understand what is happening, or suggest a GOOD hospital she could go to?
Avatar n tn Has there been a solution found to this or an answer as to what is the cause and what is actually happening? Mine started in my chest right by my heart, lasted a week, went away for 1-2 days and then started in my left leg half way between my hip and knee. the first day it was intermittent like 3-5 times a minute at random. It's the second day now and it has become more constant with a pace to it of 2 second intervals. I can't find a way to subside it either and it's extremely annoying.
Avatar n tn I am convinced that the medical community simply hasn't found the answer yet. Part of the problem lies in the fact that only a very small percentage of adult males have this problem and as a consequence, it doesn't get the attention needed to find a durable cure when it comes to medical research.
Avatar n tn The way it was explained to me is that the heart muscle was damaged so badly by a previous MI that the dead muscle finally ruptured leaving a gaping hole in his heart. I was told this type of MI is almost always fatal. There is no way to replace the amount of blood being lost and now way to keep a pressure high enough to get blood to the vital organs. This usually causes an immediate loss of consciousness that the victim will not ever recover from.
Avatar m tn From what I understand there is no damage to the heart. My MRI is normal but the surgeon was most concerned that the hole may lead to a stroke. Could you please tell me what my risk is to have a stroke because of this hole, I do not have any risk factors such as high blood pressure. Can you also tell me is 8mm to 12mm considered a big hole and whether I should consider closing a hole? Thank you so much.
Avatar n tn 28 year old, black female here. I've watched my indentions grow for about 3 years now. mine is just under my crown. actually for a visual, think of an "alien" head. the area that is sunken in is approximately 1inch deep. I've lost pretty much all of my hair in the "hole" and am starting to lose hair above my crown where my head is flat. there's no pain in this area at all that I know of at least. im really concerned and frankly afraid to go to the dr.
Avatar f tn Attacks could last minutes or hours and any combination of symptoms would happen. And in between attacks, my heart would regularly do many strange things - tachy, brady, irregular rhythm, extremely forceful beats, 'flip-flopping' feelings, etc. I also sometimes experienced a sensation of the heart stopping and restarting - immediately after the restart I would feel a MASSIVE, uncomfortable surge of adrenaline and the heart would beat very fast for a little while.
Avatar n tn I am over 30, and still have the exact same issues as the previous post. After ejaculation, I sometimes have a burning sensation in the tip of my penis. I usually urinate which helps. However, the sensation resurfaces. It is very uncomfortable. It is not so painful as to make me want to bend over in pain, but it is uncomfortable enough that I do not want to be around people; I just want to be on the toilet to try and urinate it out.
Avatar f tn Over the next three days, this feeling increased and continued to expand into my entire head until I was so dizzy from it, I ended up in the emergency room, sure I was having a stroke or something. They did nothing there but an EKG on my heart and blood work and sent me on my way. Four days later, I ended up back in the ER. I was really dizzy again, pressure in the head, and having trouble walking because of it.
Avatar n tn I went to a blood drive yesterday, and I have been to 4 before that. She stuck the needle in my left arm and I immediately felt pain run from the injection site down the inside of my arm to my thumb. I practically jumped out of my chair and told her to take it out. My arm felt like I had just burned it, and it was really numb and tingly. My arm is still numb in some spots and irritated. Will this nerve damage heal on it's own?
Avatar m tn Complications of an uncorrected secundum ASD include pulmonary hypertension, right-sided heart failure, atrial fibrillation or flutter, stroke, and Eisenmenger's syndrome. Right sided heart failure begins with an enlarged right ventricle and high systolic pressure. An enlarged right ventricle will lose contractility and not adequately pump enough blood to the lungs.