FAQ - Heart Injuries
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Are 10 to 20 year old injuries possible risk factors for a stroke or heart attack?

Someone claims that his father died of a stroke and that upon autopsy of the body he was told by the coroner that the stroke was caused by an injury that occurred about 15 years earlier. Is that likely or very believable?

if it had been a blow to the head then maybe but i doubt it  (+ info)

how are the cosequences of injuries to the heart and spinal cord similar to each other?

Heart cells and spinal cord cells to not grow back. (no mitosis, or very little.)  (+ info)

How can I educate the public about brain injuries/how to avoid?

Statistics show a head injury occurs every 15 seconds. The CDC shows Heart disease is America's #1 Disease, next on the scale is Brain Injuries.

go to schools and do presentations.  (+ info)

are there times when problems with your heart can heal themselves?

The human body has a way of healing many problems (like injuries and infections) naturally, without surgery. Can problems related to one's heart heal naturally as well, or is surgery always needed to fix problems with the heart?

Small ventricular septal defects and atrial septal defects in infants can close spontaneously. A clot in a blood vessel of the heart can get spontaneously recanalised sometimes. An accessory pathway in WPW syndrome can ocassionally get fibrosed and lose conduction.  (+ info)

What is some good intense cardio someone can do if they have ankle, feet, or leg injuries?

Cardio or interval training if someone has broke their foot or leg what cardio can they do besides riding the power bike or standing boxing? Notice i said cardio. something to get the heart rate up?

a really good cardio workout is swimming. i don't know if that is an option, especially if there is a cast on, but it is low impact but works pretty much all of your muscles. if you do have a cast on, it might be good to swim after you get the cast off.  (+ info)

what are all the possible injuries you can recieve from being stabbed AND shot?

(i'm writing a fan-fiction :P)

so say an 18 year old male gets into a huge fight with a psycho mofo
& ends up getting stabbed 5 times in the abdomen area and then shot in the chest and the bullet hits his heart

what are all the possible injuries he could receive (including the damage from the fight)

TIA xo


blood loss

broken bones

skin lesions  (+ info)

Bereaving non-fatal head injuries, is there a medical term used to discribe this condition ?

A friend hit her head on a submerged rock while diving into the water at a lake. She was seem by doctors but is very concerned about her mortal life and seems to be revaluating her life in terms of family, friends, job, GOD and the such.

Is this normal and what can I do to help her. The doctors say she is going to be alright. Still, she gets pretty upset if no one takes her concerns to heart.

Please no smart alik replies, thanks.

when faced w/ life and death situations, it's not uncommon to evaluate one's priorities. Things could've turned out very differently for your friend, and she full well knows it. Give her time to re-adjust to normal life and she will b just fine.  (+ info)

Are heart palpitations normal after a traumatic injury?

I burned about thirty percent of my body a little over a month ago and since then I've been having heart palpitations. They began slowly only happening every now and then, but have began happening almost all the time. I went to a doc about two weeks ago and they didn't find anything, but I wasn't having any symptoms at the time. Also I had to have surgery because of the burns.

Burns take a lot of vitamins like sodium, potassium etc.. out of your body and make your entire body very dehydrated. A low level of anyone of those can cause heart palpitations. Maybe you should suggest to your Dr. that you wear a halter for a few weeks. It would monitor your heart when you have the palpitations.  (+ info)

Can death process or heart attack cause ear to go purple and drainage from the back of head/neck?

I had the most unfortunate and tragic experience of seeing my son dead in the morgue. His ear was all dark purple and there was something draining from his neck/back of head. What was/causes that? He died in a mountain bike race from heart fibrillation believed to be caused by an extreme adrenalin rush. He did have a bicuspid heart. He appeared to have no other visible injury from collapse. I'm just trying to understand what little I can.

First of all, let me start by saying that I am deeply sorry for your loss. Losing a child is a torture no parent should ever know, and I wish you nothing but the best and brightest to come in life.

As to your question, after someone dies, their blood pools towards the ground. So what you saw is likely the cause of dependent lividity, or the blood pooling. As for drainage, it may very well be nothing more than a small wound that is allowing blood loss, post-mortem.

Besides that, I wouldn't stress yourself any more than is absolutely necessary. If an autopsy has been performed, then you likely have the correct answer. If not, you can certainly request one be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

But based upon what you've told me, extreme physical activity combined with a heart defect likely caused cardiac hypertrophy (an enlargement of the heart), and eventually led to Ventricullar Fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrest in the world.

Again, my deepest condolences, and I wish you all the best.  (+ info)

How is the heart rate affected by a spinal cord injury?

Will the vagus nerve be affected or is it something to do with the spinal cord?

It depends a bit on where the injury occurs.

The vagus nerve shouldn't be injured by a spinal cord injury (it comes down with the carotid artery, fairly anterior to the spinal column). The vagus nerve is parasympathetic, secretes acetylcholine and slows the heart rate.

The sympathetic nerves in the thoracic area (I forget the details)... these ARE likely to be severed by a high thoracic spinal cord injury. These secrete norepinephrine and tend to accelerate the heart rate. They also maintain blood vessel tone pretty much everywhere.

So if you cut the spinal cord in such a way that you lose sympathetic function but the vagus is intact... what would you expect to happen to the heart rate?

Good luck!  (+ info)

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