If you have a heart condition, measuring your ejection fraction can help you and your physician monitor its severity, determine your best course of treatment and check how well a treatment is working. Diagnostic tests for low EF include:
While most cases of low EF cannot be directly prevented, there are ways to reduce your chances of developing a heart condition that leads to it. Follow these prevention tips to help lower your risk of developing low EF:
Blood pressure readings have two numbers. The top number is the systolic blood pressure, which indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against artery walls as the heart beats. The lower number indicates how much pressure the blood is exerting against artery walls while the heart is at rest between beats.
Don't let the aura of sedate elegance fool you: there's always been a playfulness at the heart of this grande dame. Opened in 1913, with its signature red awnings facing the stately Avenue Montaigne, the Plaza Athénée has long had ties to the fashion world, from the days when Christian Dior named collections after the hotel, to its appearance in fashion-themed favorites like Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. Decor-wise, that translates to classic, chandelier-heavy public spaces that give way to contemporary flashes, like the futuristic, chrome-covered banquettes of an Alain Ducasse restaurant, and the blue velvet-covered ceiling of Le Bar; and guest-wise, it means you're likely to spot some fashion editors and design house execs circling the lobby.
A silent heart attack, also called a silent Ischemia, is a heart attack that has either no symptoms, minimal symptoms or unrecognized symptoms. A heart attack is not always as obvious as pain in your chest, shortness of breath and cold sweats.
A silent heart attack happens when the flow of blood is blocked in the coronary arteries by a build up of plaque. Studies differ, but some suggest that silent heart attacks are more common in women than in men.
Sneezing is a reflex action by the body to get rid of any unwanted particles such as dust and chemicals. Do you feel your heart jump when you sneeze Did your heart skip a beat, or did it slow down Does your heart stop when you sneeze Let us find out.
According to another European tradition, the idea of heart-stopping came from the Black Plague when death rates went high. A common indication of the plague was sneezing. It was thought that a sneeze would trigger the onset of death, which is why such an idea (of the heart-stopping when you sneeze) came about.
When you sneeze, you exhale violently, the diaphragm moves downwards, and your chest relaxes. That causes the build-up pressure inside your chest to be released. The blood flow rate to the heart increases, your blood pressure increases, and your BPM slows down. Everything happens suddenly, so your heart makes up for that sudden increase in blood pressure. That momentarily interrupts the heartbeat, and your heart goes off-track for a second.
So, does your heart stop as you sneeze No, it does not. As explained above, sneezing can cause the heart rate to become faster or slower or to skip a beat but not make it stop. You may imagine it as a slight interruption in the traffic flow to your heart. Furthermore, the electrical signals to your heart remain unaltered when you sneeze, so you do not die for a second!
Use tissue paper to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and discard the tissue immediately. If a tissue is unavailable, sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Do not use your hands as that will lead to germs spreading even more.
There is nothing to worry about! Sneezing does not make your heart stop, nor does your soul leave your body when you sneeze. If, however, you feel dizzy when sneezing, get a check-up. If you sneeze too much, you probably have an allergy you are unaware of, so get an allergy test done.
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Hypoplastic left heart syndrome occurs in the womb when a baby's heart is developing. The cause is unknown. However, having one child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, increases the risk of having another with a similar condition.
In some cases of secondary mitral regurgitation, different areas of the heart beating out of sync cause the regurgitation. This can be diagnosed using a combination of an EKG heart tracing and an ultrasound of the heart. In these cases, it has been shown that the use of a particular kind of pacemaker known as cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) can lead to the improvement of mitral regurgitation both at rest and on exercise. This will not be effective for primary mitral regurgitation.
For this reason, the current management of valvular heart disease in the US is far from optimal. A good example of this is that a significant proportion of people sent for surgery for mitral valve replacement will get a valve replacement, rather than the preferred valve repair. This is simply because the skill set of the referring physician and the operating surgeon is limited. The development of post-surgical heart failure is also common when, in fact, much of this may have been avoided if patients had been sent for surgery at a more optimal time. Other nuances, such as simply grading the severity of the regurgitation can often be challenging and once again underline the importance of having this managed by experts who are dedicated to valve disease. If this means you have to travel further to see that specialist, then so be it, as in my mind there is no doubt that the benefits of correct management of the disease will be worth it in the long run.
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My doc says on a scale of 1 to 10 my mv regurgitation is a 4. My EF is 58 %. No other heart isdues. My blood press dips to normal levels 129/79 when i awake pulse 89. But after lunch it rises to 145/95 until late night. What should i do. They say low grade tachy 94.
Hi dr mustafa ahmed! Your website is very informative. I was diagnosed with moderately severe regurgitation in 2015 when I had the 2decho and TEE. I was advised by the doctor to go for 2decho every 3 months. I really do not have any symptoms (only when I exercise too much). My LV size is normal and my EF is 75%. What is your insight about surgery I am worried that my MR might progress and becomes worse. Can you please advise I am happy to send you my 2decho report. Thanks
Hi dr mustafa ahmed! Your website is very informative. I am 36, althetic and I was diagnosed with moderately severe regurgitation in 2015 when I had the 2decho and TEE. I was advised by the doctor to go for 2decho every 3 months. I really do not have any symptoms (only when I exercise too much). My LV size is normal and my EF is 75%. What is your insight about surgery I am worried that my MR might progress and becomes worse. Can you please advise I am happy to send you my 2decho report. Thanks
I would make sure of the following before you have surgery. A specialist with an interest in valvular heart disease has assessed and determined you to have at least moderate to severe or severe mitral regurgitation. The cause underlying the regurgitation should be clear. If the regurgitation is degenerative that it can be repaired. If it is the case, and you have symptoms and are referred for surgery, then ensure your surgery is performed by a surgeon with a specialist interest in mitral valve surgery that can ensure that a repair can be performed as opposed to replacement if a possibility.
Although you feel great, its important to note the effects of the tight valve on your heart, is there evidence of heart failure, enlargement, elevated lung pressures etc these can be factors that may lead to a decision for surgical intervention
Most times the answer would be that if the disease is moderate then just follow up in a year or two for a repeat study and in honesty in most cases that approach is adequate. Since you have intelligent questions on the issue, let me discuss the contemporary management in a situation such as yours (patients that want to exercise to a high level) that we would suggest in the setting of a specialist structural heart and valve center.
Hello dr. I am 58 year old male. I have been exercising my complete life I do high intensity cardio 2 times week and regular exercise the other days and light weight lifting with no symptoms. max heart rate when doing high intensity in the intense zone is 165 for short periods. I have trace regurgitation in my tricuspid, and mild regurgitation in the mitral valve. I have no symptoms! However my question is will this type of exercise make the regurgitation worse as I age Should I stop the high intensity work even though it is only 8 intervals of 30 seconds on and 90 seconds of rest. Thanks in advance.
The next most important step is to ensure the correct diagnosis of severity of MR. The TEE is a good idea. I cant speak for all cardiologists, but as a valve specialist, i take the integrated assessment from the TEE, the TTE and possibly exercise testing to determine the severity and the impact of mitral regurgitation, so all the tests should support the same finding. If the TEE shows that the leak is indeed severe then yes it is reasonable to proceed with surgery ONLY* if there is a very high likelihood of repair. In our heart valve surgery and robotic program we have a >95% (essentially 99%) chance of repair in the setting of mitral valve prolapse as an example. That should be what you are told when you get your opinion. Early surgery basically means operating on severe MR prior to the onset of symptoms. But early surgery should only be entertained if the valve can be repaired. Sadly in the United States, a large proportion of people undergo replacement when they should have repair simply because they go to the wrong centers where the surgeons are not dedicated mitral valve surgeons. If there is clear heart enlargement, drop in heart function, atrial fibrillation, high lung pressures, or symptoms, then the need for surgery is more urgent, but still not emergent. In your case, in the absence of those, there is no rush. But if you indeed have severe regurgitation that is clearly severe, it is reasonable to proceed with mitral valve repair at an expert center at a timing of your convenience. 153554b96e