Katarzyna Ostrzenska, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursBay Medical Center
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
- Bayfront Medical Center
What determines how severe my heart disease is?
SecondsCount.org answeredHeart disease severity refers to how many of your heart arteries have blockages and how blocked those arteries are. Your doctor may tell you how blocked the artery is using a percentage, such as, "This artery is 80% blocked.” Or your doctor may describe your condition in terms of how much of your heart muscle is supplied by the blocked artery, whether the branches of the artery are involved in the blockage and whether the blockages are long or short. All of this information is unique to your situation, which is why your doctor is the best person to recommend a treatment option for you. Together, you can decide which treatment option to pursue.
How can heart disease cause death?
Harris McIlwain, Pain Medicine, answeredUnfortunately, death can happen suddenly in coronary heart disease. The most common cause is due to irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) which essentially stops the heart and its pumping action and results in death. There is usually a rapid and severe coronary artery clot and blockage of blood flow.
What is an obstetrician?
Obstetricians (also called OBs) are medical doctors who specialize in the care of pregnant women, from the time of conception through delivery and the period following delivery (postpartum). Most obstetricians are also gynecologists who diagnose and treat diseases of the female reproductive system and provide care for women when they are not pregnant.
An obstetrician can further specialize in perinatology (maternal-fetal medicine), which focuses on high-risk pregnancies, testing and fetal development, or an obstetrician may specialize in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (care of women who have hormonal or fertility problems).
Obstetricians can be board-certified through the Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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