Elizabeth F. Connelly, DO
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursMaine Center For Cancer Medicine
81 Medical Ctr
Brunswick, ME 04011
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- United Healthcare
- Goodall Hospital
- Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Campus
- Mercy Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- MidCoast Hospital
- Parkview Adventist Medical Center
- Southern Maine Medical Center
What does it mean if my heart gallops?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredGallops are abnormal, soft, thudding noises that the heart makes when it fills with blood. These sounds are not always a sign of coronary artery disease, but they indicate a stiffness of the heart's main pumping chamber. Gallops are extremely common among older people, particularly if they have high blood pressure (hypertension). Although gallops are usually nothing to worry about, if you have them, get checked periodically by your doctor for signs of heart trouble.
Does sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease affect men differently?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Like men who have sickle cell anemia may be affected with sickle-hemoglobin C disease may experience a priapism, a painful erection caused by sickle-shaped cells that block blood vessels in the penis. This can cause long-lasting damage. Men may eventually become impotent due to the disorder.
How are heart defects repaired?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredThe term "heart defect" often refers to an abnormal opening in the wall (septum) that divides the two upper chambers or the two lower chambers of the heart. Examples include atrial septal defects (ASDs), patent foramen ovales (PFOs), and ventricular septal defects (VSDs). Such defects don't always require treatment. When they do, sometimes medication treats the symptoms. In other cases, your healthcare provider may recommend a procedure to repair the hole in the heart wall. Most heart defects can be repaired in a cath lab procedure. Here's how:
- A catheter guides a flexible closure device through a blood vessel into your heart.
- Once the device is in the correct place, it can expand (open) to plug the hole. There are different types of devices, but they all generally work a bit like an umbrella. When the device is collapsed, it's small enough to travel inside your blood vessel. When it's opened, it covers a larger area.
- When the catheter is removed, this plugging device remains behind to close the hole in your heart. Eventually the device becomes covered with the body's own tissues.
During surgery, the surgeon repairs the defect with stitches (sutures) or patches it with a large "swatch" made of a surgical material or your own tissue.
Heart defect repairs have a high rate of success. Most of the time, these procedures completely cure the defect and help you avoid further problems.
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