Healthy hearts expand and contract like a rubber band. When the heart tissue stiffens up, the heart does not pump blood like it should, which is called fibrosis. A study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine included 800 adults. It found that people who are depressed are more likely to suffer from fibrosis.
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What is fibrosis?
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Will my baby with a heart defect always need a feeding tube?
Sometimes infants who have congenital heart disease (heart defects that are present at birth) will need help with a feeding tube to get the calories they need to gain weight. In this case, your baby may need to have a nasogastric (NG) tube placed. An NG tube is a small flexible tube that is placed in your baby’s nose and passed down into the stomach. This allows for formula or breast milk to be given without your baby having to burn so many calories to take it by mouth.
In other cases, a gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) may be placed into the stomach directly. This is especially useful for patients who when feeding by mouth are at high risk for having formula or breast milk travel up the esophagus and back down the trachea into the lungs (aspiration). A G-tube also allows for formula and or breast milk to go directly into the stomach, thus reducing the risk of aspiration and decreasing the amount of energy needed to feed.
The need for NG-tube or G-tube feedings early in life does not mean that a baby will always have to be fed in this way. If successful heart surgery is performed, or if the symptoms of heart failure are more successfully managed, a baby may then be able to resume taking food by mouth again. It is not uncommon for babies who have to be fed with tubes in the hospital to quickly begin feeding by mouth once they are at home. Some babies will have to relearn the coordination necessary to suck and swallow. An intensive oral training program can be tailored for these children.
How do I prepare for a carotid ultrasound?
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A carotid ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless test that uses high-frequency soundwaves to create images of the neck arteries. It is helpful in diagnosing artherosclerosis (also called carotid stenosis), or blockages in the carotid arteries which can interfere with blood flow to the brain. As the artery narrows, the velocity of the blood flow increases. A carotid ultrasound allows the doctor to measure the speed of blood flow to estimate the degree of blockage.
There is no special preparation required for this procedure. You may be asked to put on a gown so that the transparent acoustic gel doesn't get on your clothing.
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