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.
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]
Where can I find the Max Bemis "I [Heart] Sports" shirt? [more inside]
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.
Changing your mindset. Understanding they weren't right for you. [more inside]
I'm doing an exercise stress test next week. What can I expect? [more inside]
Is it possible for your cholesterol levels to be transiently elevated, and if not, what should I do about mine? [more inside]
Any recommendations for a cardiologist in Chicago? [more inside]
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]
I get a funny feeling when I do something funny. NSFW details within. [more inside]
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!
creative "heart and soul" costumes for a group of eight writers? [more inside]
Is there anything I can do to offset the side effects of beta blockers? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
For seven minutes everyday, a part of my job nearly kills me. I need the assistance of people with computer programming abilities. [more inside]
I've had PSVT for about 9 years. Recently it has become significantly worse. I am uninsured, and very scared. What to expect financially from treatment, and am I going to die? [more inside]
A dear friend had emergency heart surgery last week. He did not have insurance. Does the hospital just bill him the full amount and wait for him to declare bankruptcy, or...? [more inside]
Is the chest pain I've been experiencing directly related to stress and anxiety? If so, how can I alleviate some of the discomfort and put my mind at ease?
Is the chest pain I've been experiencing directly related to stress and anxiety? If so, how can I alleviate some of the discomfort and put my mind at ease? [more inside]
Acoustic modem + cell phone. Can it be done? More inside... [more inside]
What is the name of this heart condition, and is it genetic? The main artery supplying blood to the heart isn't developed properly in utero, resulting in major surgery and/or death of the baby post birth. [more inside]
Do you have a soft heart? How did you get one? [more inside]
My father's been diagnosed with stable angina, and he's looking for a little reassurance... [more inside]
I get a tingling in my hands and occasional lightheadness when my heart rate goes above 160, usually while working out.
I get a tingling in my hands and occasional lightheadness when my heart rate goes above 160, usually while working out. [you are not a doctor] [more inside]
Am I turning into a hypochondriac? [more inside]
When, if ever, is it reasonable to ask for a preemptive test? Given a family history of congestive heart failure I'm wondering how reasonable it is to reguest a MUGA or echocardiogram just to allay (or confirm) my own worries. I'm definitely already going to see a doctor, so I'm not asking for medical advice. I guess I am asking for perspective to help me frame my request with my physician. [more inside]
Chest Pain Filter: So I continue to have this weird chest pain at the bottom of my breast bone area, perhaps a little down and to the left of my nipple. What could it possibly be? [more inside]
I am a young guy and I feel like I am having heart attacks when I work out. Am I going to die? [more inside]
I have searched through previous posts, but have not found specific info on women's heart rate monitors, specifically those worn on the wrist and that include a chest strap. [more inside]
What causes my rapid heartbeat? [more inside]
The other day I spotted a very handsome shoulder bag of brown leather with a red stripe. I want to own one just like it. I wasn't able to ask the owner where he got it, but I was able to spot the manufacturer's logo. It looks like a heart, split down the middle into two lobes, and lying on its side. I've drawn a very crude version of it here. It looks faintly familiar to me -- does anyone recognize it? And in general, is there a good resource somewhere for looking up logos?
How can I manage these chest pains? (Doctors say my heart is healthy) [more inside]
Is drinking Red Bull before a cardio workout a dumb idea? [more inside]
Weird Body-Filter: Two days ago I started to become abnormally aware of my own heartbeat. [more inside]
Heart racing/pounding upon waking up. This happens in the morning and also when I take naps. [more inside]
Is it true that a soldier, wounded while operating covertly, is not eligible for a Purple Heart? I fellow I met told me he was Special Forces and was shot through the arm while patrolling a communist border in '83, someplace the government would later deny being. He didn't recieve his Purple Heart because the mission was top secret and would have to be revealed on the paperwork required to apply for the medal. Is he pulling my leg, or what?
I'm looking for advice on how to improve my circulation. [more inside]
Is it possible to undo any of the damage I've done to my arteries in 43 years of eating badly? [more inside]
I started with Earl Grey, and drank it for years with milk, until I tried better quality teas and gave up the milk. Then oolong, which was too weak and subtle for me. Now I've moved on to Lapsang Souchong and a malty golden-tipped Guangxi black called Golden Downy. I like strong teas, with no herbal additives; can anyone suggest other teas as strong as the Lapsang, smoky or not? [more inside]
YANMD Filter: I was told recently that my eye drops (Cosopt) could limit my heart rate: is this true? [more inside]
Every member of my family, save one, has died young from a heart attack. Am I doomed? [more inside]
How long to kill the heart (that pumpy thingy, not the lovey thingy)? [more inside]
The band Heart sent a cease and desist letter to the McCain/Palin campaign for using the song "Barracuda". What is the legal basis for that? [more inside]
Social stratification is braking my heart . Can any of you out there, help me translate this situation and maybe give me some guidance as to how to go forward? [more inside]
My father just had a heart attack. I am dropping everything to go and visit him this weekend, but he keeps insisting I do not come and visit. Am I being a jerk for going anyway? [more inside]
How will family history of heart problems affect my prenatal care? [more inside]
I'm going to ask my doctor, but what might it mean if laying on my back specifically rather than in other positions for extended periods can leave my heart feeling congested for days afterwards? [more inside]
I'm a 29 year old female. I've had a pretty significant arrhythmia for about three years. It's unpredictable, but quite frequently my heart beats much faster when I inhale and then very slowly as I exhale, and also otherwise irregularly. I also have several other concening symptoms. [more inside]
Cat just starting Lasix - how long before I should see effects? [more inside]