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 Can A low intelligent person get high blood pressure?
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 I believe I have heart failure...NHS and A&E aren't interested.. what should I do?
I have been waking up breathless and I get paralysed momentarily afterwards. Until I restore my breath I begin to move my legs, hands, eyes. I went twice for particular reason to the A&E and ...


 what's the cost of heart surgery bypass?
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 D: my heart is acting funny?
okay, so sometimes.
i'll be laying down,
then randomly
it feels like i can't breathe
well, or something i don't know,
my throat just starts feeling weird
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 Heart problems..?
I'm 22 and started having this about 2 years ago. My heart suddenly feels like it's pausing for 1 second, then starts again with a strong thud. Right at that moment it feels like 2 strong ...


 how can i get high without drugs?
hay, (dont lagh) i cant get high no matter how hard i try.... is there eny way i can get high natrilly? i tried pot just now but nothing happend(not exersize)...


 Can I lower my cholesterol just by diet and exercise? or I should go for medication?
I am 23 year old guy and I got my cholesterol high thorugh tests myLDL is around 150 and I dont know abt other two counts.
Since I knew this i started doing exercise almost 1hr/day everyday and ...


 Do energy drinks cause high blood pressure?
I came back from the GP after being told that my blood pressure was rather high (160 / 110) but my heart rate was normal at 75.

Although these blood pressure tests are only one offs and ...


 Do Vegetarians get Heart Disease?

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What percentage is gene related?...


 my mum had blue lips..?
i am 17 and my mum is 59 and she is on numerous tablets for her heart and she is often breathless, the other day she was walking up some stairs in a shop and she said that her lips were blue. i am so ...


 My heart always seems to beat really fast even when im at rest. Does anyone know what is wrong?

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It just beats really fast at times. I do not know the numbers or beats per minute, but it just pounds reallly fast....


 What is Cardiac Arrest ?
Can someone please give me information about Cardiac Arrest?
I don't know a single thing about it and i need to do a presentation about it..
I seriously need information about that.. UR...


 High blood pressure remades.?
My husband has high blood pressure and has been on meds for it for 2 years now. He just went to the doctor yesterday and its still high so they increased his med intake.
We have no insurance so ...


 Im having some chest pain, should I be worried?
Its this really weird dull feeling on my right side of my chest up to the right side of my neck and jaw, its dull but sharp, most of the pain is in the jaw region but it is also moderately painful in ...


 How to get rid of Heart Burn?
How do I get rid of HaertBurn.
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Its my Pregnant Sister not me....


 what does acute alcohol ingestion mean?
trying tofigure out if my bf can have a beer with his new medicine?...


 i just had a massive binge?
ive been dieting for a week+5 days,but i just had a MASSIVE binge,which included,2 twix bars,a packet of blue walkers,and pink walkers,noodles,2 slices of toast,half a tub of icecream,a packet of ...


 high blood pressure help?
been in hospital last couple of days with chest pain but was told my heart was not the cause i also have really really really high blood pressure ranging from 160 over 98 when really rested to 178 ...


 can a heart murmur kill u?
because i got ...


 we have no money right now to go to a hospital, but my mother n law is suffering strokes what do i do?
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Will Heart Surgery help my dad?
My father was told by his doctor he has a bad heart valve, and for him to feel better he should do heart surgery, and replace the bad valve with a ?pig or frog valve? not sure, but his main problem is his breathing, he can barely breathe at night, and i believe its from smoking 2 packs of ciggarettes for the last 20 years. Now do you think this heart surgery would help his breathing? Or will he feel the same way he does now like a nurse said?
                      









smilingstks
I had a aortic valve replacement (bovine valve) put in last June. I also was a smoker for 20 yrs. (have quit now) and my breathing did get better and i no longer am sleeping in a upright position, however I still have shortness of breath when i do physical activity. This is due to the damage i have done to my lungs by smoking. The valve replacement saved my life. If a doctor suggest for your dad to have this done then it is serious and rated on a scale 3 or higher before surgery is needed.I was near death but now have a great outlook for my heart. I will tell you that it will be a long road back for your dad, (about 4 to 6 months) to feel normal . The valve will also have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years also. although it was tough to go through i would do it again to have a better quality of life now post opt. Good Luck, i will say a prayer for your dad.


mcr :)
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Im really sorry that your dad has heart problems. My dad had really really really bad heart problems too. Also, my dad had lots of heart surgerys it did help him some. But later on in his years his heart just gave out, he was 69. Not 2 scare you or anything because my dad had 11 heart attacs so... I will pray for your dad and your family! I hope you will have better luck than me. God Bless!!!


etk79
It's a pig valve, and yes a valve malfunction can effect breathing. Also not smoking wouldn't be a bad thing either!


CJ
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yea they r replacing the non functioning part of his heart


Nurse Annie
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Even though it sounds odd that repairing a heart valve (pig) would help his breathing, it's very possible.

When heart valves aren't functioning right, the lungs can easily be affected, resulting in shortness of breath.

The problem with his breathing could also be from his 20 year smoking habit. However, there is no doubt that the breathing problem could be caused by the bad valve.

Don't rule out the good possibility that a bad valve can cause shortness of breath. So can lung problems from smoking.


wisconsinner
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It would be a pig valve, not a frog valve.
His breathing could be this way due to his lungs OR due to his heart. Heart failure (from his valve) and emphysema (from smoking) would both cause shortness of breath. Most likely, it is a combination of the two factors.
Yes his breathing may or may not improve if he has been a heavy smoker. But there usually are strong reasons why a person's valve gets replaced, and I believe if they did not think it was necessary then they would not ask him to have it. Contrary to what many people think, doctors do base their decisions on whether a certain procedure would help the patient or not. If they think its useless they will not do it.
Hope your father feels better.
CJ, talk about a stupid answer. Really.


Laurence W
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Depends what's wrong with the valve. If the valve is damaged, replacement is likely important. If the valve does not close, or closes only partially, his heart can't push oxygenated blood around the body. He feels he can't breathe. Oxygen can go in, but not get distributed.

He needs to stop smoking no matter what.

"Bad" is vague. Ask for an explanation of how it is operating now. A replacement will operate normally. There is just that small risk death in the surgery.

If an echocardiogram shows the valve is barely functioning, he does need to do something. If the problem is at night only, it may be workign well, but he needs a gradual exercise program to strengthen his heart.

Go back to the doctor, or see another one.


Wendy C
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I had my mitral valve replaced in April 2003. It did improve my breathing. Breathing problems was not why I had to have my valve replaced though, but it did improve my breathing. My mitral valve was basically just stopping, that is why I had to have it replaced (but the symptoms from this really affected my breathing among numerous other symptoms I was having before I had the surgery). I was 37 at the time.

But I did not have a pig valve though. I had a St Jude Mechanical Valve put in. They last for about 60-70 years. A pig valve at this moment only lasts for about 15 years. I don't know how old your father is but if he does decide to have this surgery he needs to take this into consideration. If he is a younger man and has a pig valve put in it may be likely that he will have to have the surgery re-done after 15 years and no one should have to go through this surgery but once if at all possible.

He also needs to quit smoking. If he quits smoking and does not have the valve replaced he will improve some, but if his valve is really "going bad" he will still have breathing problems with many other symptoms, but yes getting the valve replaced will improve his breathing but he should stop smoking and not smoke if he does get the valve replaced. If the doctor feels that he should do the heart surgery then he should seriously consider it.

Good luck.


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