Patient discussion about cardiopathy

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Q. heart disease?

how to prevent from heart disease?
AEat well (less fat, more vegetables), exercise, don't smoke, don't drink too much, watch your body weight, and go for a check-uo from time to time.


These are good points to start with, and will keep you busy enough... You can read more here (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/heartdiseasesprevention.html)

Take care,

Q. what do i need to do if i suffer from heart disorder? do i need to change my diet? what is a heart disorder?

AThere are many types of heart disorders, and you need to be aware of exactly what you have. A change in diet- to a low-fat low cholesterol diet, combined with regular physical activity, is best for heart problems that involve atherosclerosis (occluded blood vessels that cause damage to the heart and can cause a heart attack). You have to see a doctor or a cardiologist for proper diagnosis and treatment, including diet plans.

Q. What are the Risks for Developing a Heart Disease?

What are the major factors that might increase my risk for developing a heart disease?
A1There are many risk factors that are known nowadays for developing a heart disease. Among the major risk factors are: Being a male, being over 50 years of age, smoking, consuming alcohol, doing no physical activity, being obese, having hypertension (chronic high blood pressure), being diabetic and having a family history of heart disease (in first degree relatives). Also a high cholesterol diet is known to increase chance of atherosclerosis, a process that happens in the blood vessels and can cause heart attack.
A2First of all, you have a higher risk to develop a heart disease if you are suffering from other medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and high levels of blood cholesterol/fat. In addition, there is a higher risk in different age and sex groups: men over 50 are known to have increased chances of developing heart disease, people with a family history of heart disease have increased risk, and other behavioral factors are also known to play a role: smoking, drinking alcohol and not exercising enough. It is important to do whatever is possible in order to control these risk factors to decrease the chances of developing a heart condition.

Q. What is the normal age women begin noticing symptoms of heart disease?

A1Thanks, these were very helpful!
A2By the way, at age 55, I had none of the "risk factors."
A3I'm not sure about overall "normal" age but I had my first heart attack at age 55. When I went to the nearest clinic with the symptoms (chest pain and up into neck and down into left arm) the receptionists (two of them) turned me away. They said I was too young to be having a heart attack and besides I was a woman, "Women don't have heart attacks." I was relieved and went home only to go by ambulance four hours later to undergo an emergency open heart surgery. By the time, I reported them, my records had been changed. Supposedly they told me I was only complaining of bronchitis. (I didn't even have a cough or cold.)

My advice, do as much research as you can with EXPERTS and check out any suspicious symptoms immediately no matter what one's age.

Q. I'm 55 years old .I did holter-heart test, and the finding:once in 24hours-svt-13 beatings in freq.till 152/mi

this svt in my auricle. I have got this info.just two days ago, so I still not met a doctor. What I suppose to expect? and what you suggest to do?
AIt means that some pathologic electrical circuit in your atria is producing a rapid heart rate. Depends on the specific type (supraventricular tachycardia encompasses several different conditions), it may be treated with drugs or other therapies.

You may read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/000183.htm

Q. Are vitamins really helpful?

Last week some guy in the mall tried to sell me pills of “multi vitamins” and told me that these vitamins will protect my heart and brain. I told him that I never heard of such things, but he kept claiming that many researches and studies proved that vitamins are very helpful - is it true?
A1Regardless of whether they would make you immortal (or just impoverished ? ) you should consult your doctor before you start to take any medications (including herbs and vitamins), since they may interfere with medications your doctor prescribed you.
A2Well, generally no one proved that vitamins are helpful for heart disease in a significant manner, so you are principally right. There are diseases that were found to be improved by vitamins (e.g. Age related macular degeneration, a form of sight loss in elderly people), but then they are prescribed by a doctor (and not sold in the mall….)
A3vitamins are materials that your body needs for normal functions like coagulation (vitamin k) or bone maintenance (vitamin D). you can't live without them. you usually get most of them from food ,if you eat a well balanced diet of course, but sometimes you need to get supplements. here is a link that'll tell you anything you wanna know about vitamins and never had the nerve to ask :) -
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/vitamins.html

Q. I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and an ICD. Is it possible to get breast implants with an ICD?

I have no further symptoms: I workout and run 6 days a week, in good shape and only 27 years old.
ASome medical equipment can damage your ICD If you are visiting your doctor , tell him or her that you have an ICD BEFORE they do any testing or treatment.i'm pretty sure they'll find a creative way to do the implant.any way- before doing any procedure- ask the cardiologist that handles you about it.
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