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 What are the symptoms of the final days with Congestive Heart Failure?
My Dad is experiencing Fatigue, shortness of breath, fainting, mini strokes, and confusion more often than before. He is very weak and requires help grooming and washing himself. He falls at least 3 ...

 is it true that if an ekg and an xray are normal?
that there could still be a problem with the valve of the heart an echocardiogram is the only thing that can really detect a value ...

 Really scared, don't know what to do.?
So I've been through a lot in the last couple of months. It all started at the beginning of November. After smoking a little bit of pot, I experienced my first ever anxiety attack. Since then,...

 was it ok to take pills even if you have a heart failure?
I hate taking medicine,but my mom advice me , just to avoid pregnancy....

 i have a heart murmur and i'm having chest pain every time i work out?
ok i've had a heart murmur my hole life my doctor said it went away about a year ago but on my last doctor visit he said i have a new one and i told him i've been having chest or heart pain ...

 When i am standing up, and I take a deep breath and stretch I almost pass out?
Like every now and then I take a deep breath and I feel dizzy and My knees start buckling together I black out and then i find myself on the floor like 15 seconds later.. what causes this and what ...

 what are risks in low blood pressure?
ans what is low blood ...

 Can excess Calcium in the bloodstream cause Angina and Hypertension?
I am a 20 year old male with numerous cardiovascular problems but am unable to find a diagnosis. Severe palpitations, Chest pain on excertion and shortness of breath. I have had my blood tests and my ...

 how does abnormal heart beats affect the heart?

 How do you calculate your target heart rate?

 Anyone have racing heart and extreme tiredness when waking?
When I wake up my heart is racing, i feel dizzy and really tired. This normally stops after about 10 minutes then I feel fine again.

I have a diagnosed generalised anxiety disorder, could ...

 Gym Exercises after AVR Procedure?
I've gone through AVR Procedure in December 2007, overall surgery went successful but I started to gain weight. Since last 2 weeks I'm going to gym for workout. Is it safe for me to go ...

 What is resting heart rate?
I know that it is when you're doing nothing.

But what does nothing mean? When you're lying down? When when you're sitting?

When you're doing something ...

 what does Tachycardia, left atrial enlargement abnormal ECG with T wave abnormality?

 This is a medical question?
My step son recently developed spots on his body and when was taken to the hospital they tested his blood platelets and they were at 1,000. They are supposed to be at 350,000. They gave him and ivig ...

 high blood pressure?
What is the most effective way to evaluate blood pressure reading?is A): with the arm above the heart level...or B): with the arm resting down alongside your ribs and ...

 im 26 weeks pregnant,i dont have major problems with my heart although sometimes i have palpitations.?
i want to have an epidural when i give birth but im scared that it will complicate my heart,,anyone please help.....

 I just called off my engagement, and ended a 4 year relationship. This was the last thing I wanted to do, and
still love him very much. Since then (yesterday evening) my heart has been pounding and I have noticed shortness of breath and an overall feeling of nausea and anxiety. I understand the nausea and ...

 Why does chest pain radiate?
The physiology behind it.. why is that?

Also, I would appreciate any sources cited, thanks....

 Once low cholesterol level is now very high?
2 years ago my husband had his cholesterol checked in the UK and it was 3.2 which was really good. Now he has been tested in Singapore and it is so high it is off the scale. His diet has not really ...

Can salty foods make your heart beat faster than usual?
I'm not sure what's causing this, but sometimes my heart starts beating faster than normal even though I have'nt exerted myself, other than just picking up my cat or housework. I walk 5 days a week (1 mile each day) and my heart does'nt do this when I'm walking. I'm trying to track when it does this and it starts sometimes after I've eaten salty foods like popcorn or chips. Could this be the cause or could it be something else? I'm 55 years old and in pretty good health- I usually feel pretty good. Thank you for your help!

There may be an indirect association between your increased heart rate and salty foods. When you eat salty foods, it causes water retention. When you have water retention, your blood pressure increases, making your heart work harder against more rigid vessels. If you heart is working harder because of this, your heart rate could possibly increase. One thing to watch for is bursts of a very rapid heart rate which makes you dizzy, short of breath and maybe chest pain. This then needs to be evaluated.

If in doubt...go see a doctor! I know that salty food can raise your blood pressure. And, in turn, I believe that high blood pressure can make your heart go alittle faster. But, I'd go get this checked out, because having an abnormal bp is not good! Also...is it possible that you are having a bad reaction to something in the popcorn or other salty foods?

It could be the salt in your foods. After I have eaten something salty, it happens to me and I am 33. So I wouldnt worry. I know high blood runs in my family, so I don't eat much salt at all no matter how I want it. I would lessen my salt in my food and also, when going to my next Dr check up tell him/her about it. I also notice it doesn't happen to me when I eat unsalted foods.

Your body needs some sodium to function properly. Sodium: Helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body, assists with transmitting nerve impulses and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Sodium must be kept in very tight boundaries within the body, this is where your kidneys come in to play: your kidneys regulate the amount of sodium kept in your body, when sodium levels are low, your kidneys conserve sodium, conversely, when levels are high, they excrete the excess amount in urine.
If your kidneys can't eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume, in turn, makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, increasing pressure in your arteries and also pulse.
Some people are more sensitive to the effects of sodium than are others. People who are sodium sensitive retain sodium more easily, leading to excess fluid retention and increased blood pressure. If you're in that group, extra sodium in your diet increases your chance of developing high blood pressure, a condition that can lead to cardiovascular and kidney diseases so lower your sodium intake and drink more water.

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