Arthur VanZee, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursSt Charles Community Health Clinic
Saint Charles, VA 24282
- Lee Regional Medical Center
How does coronary heart disease (CHD) progress?
HealthyWomen answeredCoronary heart disease (CHD) starts with atherosclerosis, a process in which fatty substances build up inside the walls of blood vessels. Blood components also stick on the surface inside vessel walls making the vessels narrower and eventually "hardened" and less flexible. The buildup, or "plaque," may also break apart, which can further limit blood flow. The buildup and narrowing proceed gradually and result in decreasing blood flow, followed by CHD symptoms.
What is pediatric heart disease?
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons answeredPediatric heart disease is a term used to describe several different heart conditions in children. The most common type of pediatric heart disease is congenital, meaning that children are born with it. Congenital heart disease (CHD) can exist in adults, but is still considered CHD if the adult was born with the disease.
Eight out of every 1,000 babies are born with CHD. About half of them -- about 4 out of 1000 -- will need surgery to treat the disease. Of those who have surgery, 96 out of 100 (96%) go home alive after the surgery. Some milder forms of pediatric heart disease can be treated with medication and do not require surgery.
There are now more adults than children with CHD in the United States. Significant advances in the treatment of pediatric heart disease over the past 20 to 30 years have led to increased survival so that most children with CHD live to adulthood. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1940s and 1950s, when most forms of CHD were fatal.
What causes your bladder to drop?
Arthur Crowley, MD, Urology, answered
A dropped bladder, also called prolapsed bladder or cystocele, is a medical condition that affects the urinary bladder and the vagina. In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. Other causes include aging, strenuous lifting, chronic coughing and chronic constipation which can weaken the pelvic muscles. Because a dropped bladder can interfere with the ability to control urinary function and cause uncomfortable symptoms that affect sexual function, proper treatment is important.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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