Christine Bussey, MD
Specialty: Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
- Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
- Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursNorthern Virginia Cardiology Associates
8505 Arlington Blvd Ste 200
Fairfax, VA 22031
- Inova Fairfax Hospital
Who performs a cardiac catheterization?
Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD, Critical Care Medicine, answeredCardiac Catherizations are generally performed by Interventional Cardiologists. These are cardiologists with additional speciality training in invasive cardiac procedures such as catherization and cardiac interventions.
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Does the incidence of heart disease differ for the LGBT population?
SAGE answeredHeart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S., can affect anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. While heart disease was once thought of as a “man’s disease,” clinical studies and research have show that people from all walks of life can be at risk for heart disease. This means that having regular medical checkups that test blood pressure and cholesterol levels are important for all adults.
According to the available research, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults are especially vulnerable to heart disease due to poorer health outcomes. Studies have shown that LGBT people are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to be overweight, exercise less and have poorer diets, putting them at a heightened risk for developing heart disease and further diminishing their overall fitness levels.
What are the effects of interrupted aortic arch in babies?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
An infant with this anomaly is usually quite sick immediately after birth, with compromised flow to the lower body due to the normal closure of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).
If steps are not taken to keep the PDA open, no blood flow will make its way past the obstruction, causing the heart to fail. In addition, there will be compromised blood flow to other vital organs, resulting in damage to liver, kidney and intestines.
Interrupted aortic arch usually occurs with other cardiac anomalies, such as ventricular septal defects, patent ductus arteriosus, transposition of the great arteries, aortic stenosis, truncus arteriosus, bicuspid aortic valve, and atrioventricular canal defects. The prognosis and treatment for the patient with IAA will be affected by the presence of any associated defects.
Interrupted aortic arch is commonly seen as a result of a genetic chromosomal microdeletion, often referred to as DiGeorge syndrome. Patients with DiGeorge syndrome can have cranio-facial, immune and electrolyte abnormalities in addition to their congenital heart disease. Patients with interrupted aortic arch should be evaluated by a geneticist to determine if they have DiGeorge syndrome.
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