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Emotion and Heart Valves

One fairly common problem that comes with aging is leaking heart valves. When valves become damaged from the effects of time or illness, blood can leak backward through the heart and cause a strain on the organ. This problem may manifest as shortness of breath, palpitations, rapid heart rhythm, irregular…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…fibrillation or multiple premature ventricular ectopic beats * Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels * Coumadin or other anticoagulation therapy * Aortic valve regurgitation * Thrombophlebitis or bloods clots * Peripheral vascular disease in the legs or previous leg amputations * Pregnancy or immediately following…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or had an extensive heart attack (scar tissue weakens contraction of the left ventricle, which may allow blood to stagnate and clot). Blood thinners are also prescribed for atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valves, and prevention of clot formation…

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No Need for Antibiotics Before Dental Appointments

…especially heart valve concerns like mitral valve prolapse, you’ve likely been told to take “prophylactic antibiotics” before routine dental procedures. This practice has been the “standard of care” since about the 1970s, when the link was made between people dying of heart valve infections and…

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When It Comes to Heart Issues, Men Can Feel Emotional

…subject we rarely address. “It’s a weird thing after the heart surgery, you know, because you get very emotional. I thought that maybe instead of a valve, they gave me a vulva.” said Williams, talking about his heart issues and recent surgery. A lot of folks may have missed how Williams went to the…

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Civil War History of Stress and Heart Disease

…rates that were extremely influenced by body position. This kind of "orthostatic intolerance" is also seen today in medical conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and chronic fatigue. He also observed symptom relief in more severe cases when the soldier…

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Arrhythmia Diagnosis

…arrhythmia you have, he or she can look for underlying causes that need to be addressed, including enlargement of the upper chambers of the heart, aging, valve issues, and more. Should you have frequent episodes of AF, you may need to prevent blood clots that can form if your upper chambers are not pumping…

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Must-Have Tests for Heart Risk Factors

…arrhythmias. * An echocardiogram will assess you’re the health and function of your heart overall—individual chamber size, possible enlargement, valve status, wall motion abnormalities, and the presence of any fluid around the heart. * A nuclear stress test (treadmill) is essential for anyone who is…

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Prevent Blood Clots

…blood and prevent blood clots. More specifically, studies have shown that Coumadin can protect you from a stroke if you have: * Mechanical heart valves (their surfaces encourage blood platelets to stick to them). * Suffered an embolic stroke, one of three types of stroke caused by a fragment or clot…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…has an unparalleled ability to thin the blood and prevent blood clots which can cause strokes. This is especially true if you have mechanical heart valves, suffered an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. But, like any drug, Coumadin does have side effects. The…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…that we still lack the evidence to start pulling out the prescription pad and routinely ordering statin therapy for anyone who has calcified heart valves. However, if you already have this condition, and are on a statin drug to treat your lipids, you should know that you may be improving your valvular…

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Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

…AV node is actually quite important. It slows the electrical impulse 1/20th of a second. While that may not sound like much, it’s enough for the valves to close after the atria fill the ventricles with blood, so that it does not slosh back into the atria when the ventricles contract. The Purkinge Fibers…

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The Importance of Emotion Well-Being

…our emotions: LOVE. Just picture the heart as it beats, lub-dub, lul-dub, so valiantly and reliably moment-to-moment, day-to-day, year-to-year. The valves open to let the blood in, then close to seal the chamber before opening again to move the gift of oxygen along on its life-sustaining journey. The…

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