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Scary or normal? The eternal question

For the past few months, I've found it very hard to run. Slowing down (a lot) helped the problem out but it still pops up occasionally. Lately I've been wondering if it's my heart. And yes, I want you to listen to a long recitation of my symptoms and problems. [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop on Jun 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Experiencing shortness of breath. Looking for some guidance

On Saturday while kayaking in the bay, I experienced shortness of breath for about ten minutes, which then went away. The last time I’d experienced this feeling was nearly 20 years ago when I was 12, when I last had asthma. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2014 - 16 answers

heart surgery for 77 years old-mitral valve stenosis and repair for it

I have a feeling that hospitals push surgery all the time. my grandma was diagnosed with a heart defect that she was born with and they recommended surgery for 40 years.she has mitral stenosis and she was fine and on meds and no major issue except once when she was in the hospital. however now that we revisited the subject, I asked her if she should get the surgery. she is 77. she is saying God forbid that old people have trouble recoviering from it and that she can die from a surgery when she can just live as long as she can naturally and the pills help her. we know that the pills only treat the symptoms not the underlymg cause. so from your experience and with your old beloved, how do they handle heart surgery after 75? did you have good or bad experience with such surgery? of course I will just respect her wish but I wonder what experience did you have with your beloved ones undergoing mitral stenosis surgery
posted by barexamfreak on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Know your heart - fitness edition...

What resources exist to better understand the correlation of heart rate variations with exercise intensity? [more inside]
posted by NoDef on Jan 20, 2014 - 2 answers

SELF-ESTEEM - I need that. In Megadoses.

Time to rebuild my psyche. I've been somewhat of a target for the narcissism, drama and toxicity of an entire family for too long. Extreme emotional abuse. Now, it's time for a COMPLETE make-over. This stuff has effected me to the point where I was depressed with an eating disorder and in general just extremely low-achieving in life. So low, it's pathetic - but given the circumstances, understandable. So - my question is this: I am looking for FREE resources, books, seminars, hidden gems out there ( you can memail if that's preferable) on the exact steps, thoughts and actions required to begin to build self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Dec 19, 2013 - 16 answers

How to mend a broken heart after so many years?

There is this guy I've liked for the past four years. I'm 25 and he's 33. We were always good friends, very attracted to each other, but he always told me he never wanted a relationship, not just with me, but with anyone. But I always had very deep feelings for him, he was the first man I ever had sex with, and he cared for me a lot too; even got a little jealous when I had a boyfriend. Anyway, he's been seeing this girl for a few months that he told me tonight he's really serious about her. It's killing me. He said the reason me and him never got together was because of timing, our age difference, and the fact that we are at different stages in life. He said he sees a better match with her than with me. He said I'm amazing and it has nothing to do with me, but this whole scenario killed me. With me, it was casual hanging out, and with her, it's nice vacations,meeting his family, spending holidays together. He also came back to me once over the summer while they were broken up, but went back to her. It hurts so much to see him giving to someone else what I always wanted. How can I feel better? :(
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Nov 14, 2013 - 31 answers

Interesting Stuff About the (Literal) Human Heart

Researching the human heart for an essay. The real heart. not the metaphorical one. I'm having trouble finding interesting articles online that go beyond 10 FACTS ABOUT THE HEART-type-things that get repetitive. I have already done a good bit of research into transplant history and fetal heart development, and I have a story about NASA growing cardiac cells in a bioreactor. But I still need more! Can you either tell me interesting true stuff or link me to it?
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Is this a thing, or am I just being pointlessly obsessional?

I don't seem to have a single "resting heart rate" - it keeps changing each time I try to measure it! Is this more-likely-than-not bad, or a crapshoot, or...? And, more to the point, does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 23, 2013 - 16 answers

What are the steps I should take to improve my life?

I have made a succession of poor decisions. What are the steps I should take to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2013 - 19 answers

Heavy heart.

You are not my doctor, but you might know what kind of doctor I need to find or what kinds of questions to ask. Please help me piece together a plan so I can get some health issues sorted out. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jun 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Heart advice for difficult times?

Looking for ways to soothe oneself during especially trying times in life. One day at a time is fine and dandy but its the hours and minutes that get excruciating, especially when everything seems void of joy and meaningless. If you have gone through some truly rough times, how did you soothe yourself in the moment? While many have family and friends close by, I have neither so I am looking for ways to manage my pain myself. Any tips and tricks will be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by xm on May 30, 2013 - 20 answers

I'd like to be able to sleep normally

What can cause a fast pulse sensation in the ear that isn't a pulse? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on May 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Scared of heartache

Scared of heartache. A brief background... I was together with someone for 5 years, married for less than a year before I initiated a divorce which was finalized this month. [more inside]
posted by love2much on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Name This Disease: What Congenital Heart Defect?

My father was born with a heart defect, and had surgery as a baby. It was always described to me as his heart being "half veins". Can anyone make a good guess as to what it might have been? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Brick and mortar stores that carry best friend necklaces for two?

One of my closest friends is moving away, like tomorrow. I'd like to get her one of those silly heart necklaces that split in half, one for each friend. No time to order online. I have all day tomorrow, but don't really want a wild goose chase. If I can find such a thing, I would like to spend about 50 bucks., but I'm not firm about that Anybody?
posted by functionequalsform on Feb 22, 2013 - 18 answers

My dad is having heart bypass surgery. Making his recovery comfortable?

My dad is having heart bypass surgery. How can we make his recovery more comfortable and more interesting? [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Vyvanse screwed me up?

Amphetamine filter: I’ve taken Vyvanse four times. But the last time I took it, it did something to me. I suddenly developed some weird heart behavior and some other symptoms. I haven’t touched the stuff for three weeks now, but I still don’t feel like myself from three weeks ago. Help me. I don’t know what’s going on. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Nov 27, 2012 - 29 answers

I might have ADHD but I can't take the medicines typically used to treat it.

I think I might have ADHD, but I also have a heart condition. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout?

Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Oct 21, 2012 - 11 answers

What could be causing heart weirdness?

Medical advice... What could be causing extended and ongoing heart weirdness? Long-ish details inside... [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat on Sep 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Who decides when to call the Life Flight?

I am unconscious, I've been in a terrible accident and I am in a rural area in the United States. Who decides whether I should be flown to the nearest city or taken to the local rural hospital that may not be equipped to handle my emergency? [more inside]
posted by cda on Aug 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Recommend a heart-rate monitor please.

Heart rate monitors and their bigger-better-brothers: as a follow up to this question about emphysema, I was wondering if the Green had some recommendations for highly reliable, simple to operate heart rate monitors. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Jul 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Low heart rate: how much to worry and what to do?

I went to see the doctor this morning about some stomach pain I thought might be an ulcer. When the nurse checked my heart rate, it was 48 bpm. Neither the nurse nor my doctor (who knows my med history) said anything about this. I wasn't concerned until I googled it when I got home, and now I'm having a lot of anxiety about it. Called my doctor and he said that a one time reading of 48 with no other symptoms is not troubling. Nurse said I should check my pulse tomorrow and if it's still in the 40s, call them. How much should I be freaking out right now? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on May 16, 2012 - 17 answers

How risky is heart surgery for puppies?

What are survival rates like for dogs or puppies undergoing heart surgery? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

What did the sawbones see?

Internet strangers well-versed in cardiology, lend me your insight! My sister had a stress echocardiography / treadmill test today and is awaiting the results. The attending physician had some funny questions for her that made her wonder about a possible abnormal result. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Apr 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Will this rollercoaster kill me?

Last year, I was diagnosed with having minor left ventricular hypertrophy. After a series of ECGs and an echocardiogram, my doctors decided that my heart function was basically normal and no treatment was required. I haven't really followed this up because I'm a bit frightened of doctors and I'm not registered with a GP. I'm about to go to a theme park. I know you're not my doctor - but am I likely to die if I go on a few rollercoasters? I'm a 26 year old male, BMI about 23, otherwise healthy. Thanks.
posted by Ted Maul on Apr 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Psycho with grief.

I feel like I'm losing my mind from grief due to a broken heart. The people I have tried to trust since my break-up have let me down (except for my one true friend and my therapist but they can only help so much and they are kind of like Saints). I'm scared of my paranoia (big business is corrupt and it rules our country without scruples -- today I decided Verilli must have been drugged by the GOP to have so royally flubbed the Health Care oral arguments which may not be insane but if it's true it makes me want to die). What can I do for myself in NYC to not lose my mind and keep growing as a person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Chest pain. Hospital trip. Now what?

Surprise hospital trip yesterday for chest pain. Now what? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Mar 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Tell me about Tetralogy of Fallot and how it affected you.

Our son couldn't wait another two or three weeks to come out of his mums tummy so he popped out on Tuesday morning. But he's had a rough first few days of life. There's numerous issues, the most serious of which is a heart defect (teratology of fallot). Tell us it's going to be OK, drawing on your experience with this to help reassure us. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Muscle-building exercise that's easy on the heart?

What are some good muscle-building, resistance-based exercises that don't place a lot of strain on the heart? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Strange pain in rib cage

Help needed for a friend who is experiencing intermittent pain in his rib cage. [more inside]
posted by katy song on Jul 4, 2011 - 7 answers

What could cause sudden super strong arm pit odor?

What could cause sudden super strong arm pit odor that goes away the next morning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2011 - 11 answers

3,2,1 boom!

Yes, yes, YANMD. When I'm very stressed I feel slight pain/weakness on the left side of my chest, under my armpit and sometimes across my shoulder. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on May 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Lack of oxygen when still breathing

Can a heart arrhythmia cause brain damage even if you're still breathing? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Feb 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Cardiologist in NYC?

Tested, consulted and faced with imminent surgery for repair/replacement of valve. Male, 60, congenital MVP, a problem since contacting bacterial infection. Severe mitral regurgitation, enlargement, familial thrombocytopenia, fatigued, otherwise good health. Looking for 2nd opinion, Doctor recommendations in NYC.
posted by ebesan on Feb 11, 2011 - 4 answers

My friends keep telling me to "just get laid" but it feels gross - what should I do?

Should I suck it up and get into a relationship with/sleep with someone I'm not really attracted to, to gain some relationship momentum (ie break the streak) and get over someone I can't have? [more inside]
posted by vilolagrl on Dec 28, 2010 - 53 answers

"I [heart] sports" shirt?

Where can I find the Max Bemis "I [Heart] Sports" shirt? [more inside]
posted by MHPlost on Dec 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Can you have too many heart stents in place?

A recent heart stress test shows according to my GP that I'm probably going to have to go to the hospital and have another heart stent put in. I see my cardiologist this Friday for more details. I presently have 7 stents in place. I'm staring to wonder if there is a upper number of stents that a person can have on board.
posted by malhaley on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Moving on from her

Changing your mindset. Understanding they weren't right for you. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Dec 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Overthinking running on a treadmill for 15 minutes

I'm doing an exercise stress test next week. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Filter my diagnosis!

Is it possible for your cholesterol levels to be transiently elevated, and if not, what should I do about mine? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Chicago cardiologist recommendations?

Any recommendations for a cardiologist in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Oct 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Feeling and seeing a pulse in notch between collarbones? Is this normal?

I happened to stumble upon several health articles yesterday that mentioned that young, normal people should not feel a pulse in the little notch between your collarbones at the base of the neck. However, I can definitely feel a pulse in this area. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Sep 28, 2010 - 19 answers

Not the way I want to be found dead.

I get a funny feeling when I do something funny. NSFW details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Dad has heart pain?

My 58 year old dad has been having a squeezing pain in his heart. It has happened a few times, and then just goes away. He went to the emergency room, got a lot of tests done including the stress test, and they determined that his heart is healthy. He has healthy blood pressure and has a manual labor job, and so gets a lot of exercise. The doctor said it might be stress. Does anyone have experience with this? My dad is ready to just try to relieve his stress, but I am worried that it could be something else that the doctor may not have picked up on. Any solutions, including alternative medicine? Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 on Jul 10, 2010 - 18 answers

heart & soul mates

creative "heart and soul" costumes for a group of eight writers? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 answers

it really puts the "succ" in "succinate"

Is there anything I can do to offset the side effects of beta blockers? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on May 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Why is pulse taken at neck or wrist instead of the heart?

Why do we typically take our pulses at the neck or wrist as opposed to the chest or side right at the heart? At least from my n = 1 self-observations, it's both an order of magnitude stronger and easier to find if you just stick your hand on your chest and count off that instead of trying to find the right spot on the neck or wrist. [more inside]
posted by floam on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

cardiology/mitral valve prolapse questions

Recently was hospitalized for acute bacterial endocarditis. The follow-up cardiologist visit is summed up as follows; "..had his echo/doppler study performed today. It shows mitral valve prolapse, which is quite severe. There is a suggestion of ruptured chordae involving the posterier leaflet. There is thickening of the posterier leaflet and a very severe mitral regurgitation. His left ventricular systolic function remains normal and his left atrial dimension is only mildly dilated. At this point, we are going to manage him medically and further management will depend on his progress". There is no medication yet, and I am due for a follow-up visit soon. Have been researching; and also want to ask advice of hive, for areas/questions to prepare. Subjects include his mention of future possible replacement; exercise and diet for heart health; anxiety related to MVP. Help me focus on a valuable discussion with the doctor.
posted by ebesan on May 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Will I be able to tell the difference between the physical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack?

ParanoidFilter: For the longest time I've been getting chest pain with my anxiety. Will I be able to tell the difference between the physical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 10 answers

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