Peter J. Longo, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursPeter J Longo MD
800 Community Dr Ste 204
Manhasset, NY 11030
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How are most heart valve problems first noticed?
Most heart valve problems are first noticed with the detection of a heart murmur. When a health care provider can hear the blood whooshing or a valve clicking as blood moves from one chamber to the next, it is called a heart murmur. Many heart murmurs areinnocent or benign, meaning they do not cause harm. However, a murmur may also be a sign of an underlying problem with the valves, which may eventually need treatment. The most common problems arestenosis or regurgitation.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Is the heart an opportunist?
Discovery Health answered
The heart is not an opportunist. It does not take its oxygen straight from the blood that is passing constantly through its chambers.
There are a couple of reasons it doesn't. First of all, not all of the blood in the heart has oxygen.
Don't forget, the heart is divided into four chambers: the left atrium and the left ventricle and the right atrium and the right ventricle.
The left side of the heart is receiving oxygen-rich blood from your lungs and sends it through the left atrium, down into the left ventricle. That's where the heart's contraction forces it through a valve in the heart's aorta.
The left side of the heart would be just fine if it took its oxygen right there in the chambers, but the right side would not be so fortunate. The right atrium handles the oxygen-poor blood from throughout the body and ships it down into the right ventricle.The heart's contraction then forces this bad blood into the pulmonary artery, which takes it to the lungs where it gains oxygen again. Then it returns to the left side of the heart. The right side of the heart never sees oxygenated blood, so it requires its own supply.
Once the aorta leaves the heart, the blood can branch off into the left and right coronary arteries. The left artery splits into two large branches which are called the left anterior descending and the left circumflex. The names of these branches describe their routes along the heart?s surface. Circumflex just means the artery winds around the heart instead of hanging straight down. The right coronary artery supplies blood to the right side of the heart. Then it branches off into the posterior descending artery.
Some people have a third main coronary artery and others have just one main coronary artery.Also, sometimes right coronary artery, instead of the left coronary artery, branches off into two more arteries.
Despite these differences, the result is the same. The arteries branch off into smaller arteries, and the arteries and their branches wrap around the heart, like a crown. Thus, the heart's tissue receives fresh blood, giving it the fuel it needs to work.
Do heart birth defects affect children differently than adults?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Heart birth defects generally do not affect children differently than adults. However, they are usually discovered when a person is still young due to the serious symptoms and health issues they can cause. With very minor birth defects, it is possible for someone not to realize they have the defect until they become an adult. In most cases, however, birth defects are discovered either shortly after birth or around toddler age.
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