Franklin N. Campagna, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursGeneral Physicians
237 Linwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
- Kaleida Health Buffalo General Hospital
What is proctalgia fugax?
Robynne Chutkan, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredProctalgia fugax is manifest by deep pain in the rectum that feels like a severe muscle cramp -- which is exactly what it is: a cramping of the pubococcygeus or levator ani muscles. It frequently occurs at night and may also occur after intercourse. Some patients describe an urge to defecate although the rectum is usually empty. No one knows for sure what causes proctalgia fugax but thickening of the internal anal sphincter muscles is present in many people who suffer from this condition.
Are heart abnormalities serious?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
The seriousness of heart abnormalities varies widely. Some heart abnormalities, such as certain heart valves disorders, are often harmless and present little chance for serious complications. Others, such as coronary artery disease, can lead to extremely deadly complications, such as heart attacks. More people die from coronary artery disease in the United States than from anything else.
Why should I see my doctor if I have a family history of heart disease?
Penn Medicine answered
Sometimes eating right and exercising isn’t enough to prevent heart disease. For people with a family history of cardiovascular disease, it’s important to seek medical attention before symptoms arise. A wealth of data has shown that heart attacks are preventable with lifestyle modification and medications. It sounds futuristic, the idea that we can halt and even reverse plaque buildup in the arteries, but it isn’t. We have the opportunity to affect the course of the disease and help patients avoid the heart attacks suffered by their relatives. It may even be appropriate for people at high risk to see a cardiologist as early as their teenage years.
If you have a relative who developed coronary artery disease at an early age, early evaluation is important to see what measures should be taken to prevent heart disease. You don’t have the luxury of waiting for symptoms to occur. A heart attack may come without any prior warning symptoms, and the first catastrophic event may be fatal.
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