"Repeat heart attacks cause most cases of chronic heart failure," said Dr. Ulrich Jorde. "Each attack takes out pieces of the heart muscle, kind of chop by chop. At a certain point the heart is so weak that you have problems going forward." As the condition progresses other organs suffer. "The real problems arise when the heart cannot do its job and the other organs, specifically the kidney, begin to fail. That's when you're going down the road," he said.
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How are heart attacks related to heart failure?
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Why did my doctor order a nuclear cardiology test?
Stress testing combined with nuclear imaging is a cardiac procedure commonly performed both in the office and hospital settings. It allows the physician to actually visualize patterns of blood flow by looking at images of the heart, rather than just by looking at ECG tracings. The best patients for this test are those with an "intermediate" chance of having heart disease,that is the physician cannot be sure if the patient does or does not have coronary artery disease. If your symptoms are typical of cardiac disease and/or you have very strong risk factors for heart disease, your doctor will probably recommend going straight to coronary angiography using the cardiac catheterization technique. If your symptoms are not typical of heart disease and you have no risk factors, your physician may opt to perform "plain old" exercise testing without nuclear imaging or simply not ordering any noninvasive testing at all. All these options can be discussed with your physician.
Can congenital heart disease be prevented?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Congenital heart disease, or congenital heart defect, is a problem with your heart that you are born with. The way to prevent congenital heart diseases is unknown. Smoking and drinking during pregnancy adds to the risk for congenital heart disease. Genetics is another possible cause of congenital heart disease.
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