Caring for someone with a heart abnormality means ensuring that the treatment plan is followed. If your loved one must limit physical activity temporarily or permanently, you may have to pick up the slack on chores around the house. Because missing medication for a heart abnormality can have dire consequences, you can help your loved one by setting up a medication schedule and monitoring to be sure that it is followed. Knowing the warning signs of a deteriorating heart abnormality can ensure that your loved one receives care in time.
Gregg Greenough, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location and Office HoursBrigham & Women's Hospital Emergency Dept
Boston, MA 02115
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham & Women's Hospital
What do I need to know about caring for someone with a heart abnormality?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
What do C-reactive protein (CRP) test levels indicate?
Donnica Moore, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredThere are specific guidelines for results of the C-reactive protein (CRP) test, which reflects inflammation related to heart disease risk. Watch women's health specialist Donnica Moore, MD, discuss what the test levels indicate with regard to risk.
What questions might I ask my doctor about my heart and sexual activity?
If you have heart disease, the following questions can help you talk to your physician about your sexual activity concerns. Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.
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- Will I be able to engage in sexual activity again? If so, when?
- Is one type of sexual activity safer than another?
- Will having sex make me have a heart attack?
- What symptoms will I have if sexual activity is putting too much strain on my heart?
- What should I do if I have chest pain during sex?
- Are any of my current medications affecting my sex life?
- Could erectile dysfunction medications help me? Are there any drug interactions with my current medications?
- Will my heart disease get in the way of a pregnancy?