Heart Disease Treatment
1 AnswerThe big problem with nitrates is that they give you a headache. And unfortunately, the worse your headache, the more likely it is that the nitroglycerine is working really well for you. It means that the blood vessels in your head are really dilating, which means that the blood vessels in the rest of your body are also responding well to the nitrates. So this headache is a predictor of a good outcome, but it can be really uncomfortable.
1 AnswerYour doctor has a responsibility to treat your heart problems as completely as he or she can with as few medications as he or she can. As doctors, we give a lot of thought to which drug to use based on how to use a drug that can do more than one thing. So when we think about what medication to give a particular person, we do the following:
- Consider age, gender -- Some things are tolerated better in younger people than in older people or at different doses. We think a little bit about gender.
- Consider the cause of the problem -- It matters what the source of the heart trouble is.
- Try to use "twofers" (medication that treats two issues) -- Many medications do more than one thing. They may lower your blood pressure and also lower your heart rate. Or they may lower your blood pressure and also be beneficial to people with migraine. So doctors look for a double effect in your medications so you don't have to take too many.
- Try to avoid making anything worse or create a new problem -- So we really have to think about what we give you.
2 AnswersIn general, heart medications fall into groups that:
- Block neurohormones -- Neurohormones tell the cells what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. We all produce them all the time; they are a normal part of life, but in heart disease, sometimes we make too many or even a normal amount is too much for us. If we block some of these neurohormones, we can make people feel better. And the way some heart medications block the neurohormones is by literally sitting on a receptor on a cell and preventing the neurohormone from having access to the cell.
- Change the way ions like calcium, sodium, and potassium move in the heart and blood vessels.
1 AnswerThere are lots of kinds of heart medications. There are some medications that:
- Lower blood pressure
- Slow heart rate
- Increase oxygen supply to the heart
- Get rid of excess fluid (water pills)
- Regulate the heart rate
- Clots in blood vessels (for example, Coumadin)
- Cholesterol blockages in blood vessels
- Heart failure (HF) progression
2 AnswersBrian Mott, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered
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1 AnswerHeart valve repair or replacement surgery is a treatment option for valvular heart disease. (When heart valves become damaged or diseased, they may not function properly). Before a heart valve repair procedure:
- Your physician will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the test. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
- In addition to a complete medical history, your physician may perform a complete physical examination to ensure you are in good health before undergoing the procedure. You may undergo blood tests or other diagnostic tests.
- You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight.
- If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, you should notify your physician.
- Notify your physician if you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medications, iodine, latex, tape, or anesthetic agents (local and general).
- Notify your physician of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
- Notify your physician if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop some of these medications prior to the procedure.
- Your physician may request a blood test prior to the procedure to determine how long it takes your blood to clot.
- Notify your physician if you have a pacemaker.
- If you smoke, you should stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the procedure. This may improve your chances for a successful recovery from surgery and benefit your overall health status.
2 AnswersHeart valve repair or replacement surgery is a treatment option for valvular heart disease. When heart valves become damaged or diseased, they may not function properly. The diseased valve may be repaired using a ring to support a person's own valve, or the entire valve may be removed and replaced by an artificial valve. Artificial valves may be mechanical (made of metal or plastic) or tissue (made from animal valves or human valves taken from cadavers).
1 AnswerAn angioplasty may be recommended to treat blockages within your arteries. An angioplasty is performed when a very thin wire and a small balloon are passed across the blockage in your artery. The balloon is inflated to push the plaque apart.
While the balloon is inflated, you may feel some cramping pain. This is only temporary and will go away once the balloon is deflated. After the balloon is deflated, the blockages will be smaller, allowing blood to flow.
2 AnswersBryce Wylde, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answeredHeart disease is really the end result of a chronic systemic fungal infection. Studies reported by Costantini and his fellow researchers at the World Health Organization indicate that following a high sugar and yeast diet increases the fungal population in the gastrointestinal tract, in turn, increasing fungal mycotoxin blood levels that ultimately elevate cholesterol. High blood cholesterol levels are a red flag indicating the presence of free radicals, oxidant damage and infestation of the body with fungi.
The anti-lipid drugs like lovostatin and other "statins" used to bring low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol levels (i.e. the bad cholesterol) down are all also antifungal agents. Further, practically all antifungal therapies, whether natural or prescription drug, lower LDL-cholesterol and help reverse atherosclerosis.
Safe and effective natural antifungal therapies include oil of oregano, garlic, oxidative therapies like ozone, stabilized liquid oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, capryllic acid, bovine colostrum, probiotics and numerous others.
1 AnswerHealthwise answered
In rare cases, people feel throbbing in the neck, chest fullness or lightheadedness when the pacemaker sends out impulses. Talk to your doctor about what types of side effects you may expect from your pacemaker.
In rare cases, pacemakers are recalled by the maker of the pacemaker. A recall means that the pacemaker has a problem that needs to be watched closely or fixed.
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