FAQ - Pulmonary Heart Disease
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Are pacemakers not recommended for heart patients with chronic pulmonary disease?

About a year and a half ago someone in my family who suffers from these two diseases seemed to be ready to have a cardiologist put a pacemaker on. At least some questions were made by doctor and we thought it might just be implanted. But nothing else was mentioned by this cardiologist nor her primary care physician ever brought it up before, during hospitaliztion, or afterward.

Is this because the patient is past 80 years old. Are there risks?

There are always risks,but there is always hope as well.  (+ info)

Person with past SHINGLES, pulmonary and heart disease gets this every day...?

She had shingles two years ago exactly and complains of incredible itching every night a little while after dinner. And also at other times during the day. She's in her eighties, has COPD and CHF, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation. Is this itching for real (it is all over her back, but especially in part of the area where the shingles developed), or is it just another elderly persons' "acquired" habit?

Yes, the itching is really there, and yes, it is probably still the shingles. Shingles is a viral infection, so it stays in your body for life and can pop back up just like any other viral infection. She should be taking valtrex or acyclovir to help this.  (+ info)

Pulmonary and/or heart disease - your opinion?

I had a dear friend who answered a previous question (thanks). I am still a bit confused. Doctors said that my heart and lung is in good condition. I had: chest x-ray (airway and/or pulmonary hyperexpansion result), ultrasound (liver enlarged - otherwise normal), ct (mosaic attenuation pattern noted), another ct (airway disease resulting in mosaic perfusion).
I have pain (big) in my chest toward left side down to ribs, back pain mid and lower back on left side, lack of breath, tiredness, I sleep above normal, gain of weight, depression, swollen in various parts of my body including leg, feeling of shrink sensation on my left lung and spleen, left chest and abdomen cramp. My question?? Please give me your opinion? I need someone to give me some guidance so I can study and learn about my problems. It seems that Doctors are taking their time to draw blood and other tests but not conclusion is made other than say that it is muscle problem.

Thank you

you should go for a myocardial exert. AKA stress test just say stress test and they will be able to measure your breathing and see what is wrong with your pulmonary and cardiovascular system. also talk to your doctor about getting a VQ lung scan. are you having trouble breathing? it sounds like you need more than just a chest X-ray. find another clinition who knows what he/she is doing and seek for a second opinion.  (+ info)

Anyone have pulmonary heart disease? Any helpful hints?

My Mom just found out that she has Pulmonary Heart disease.Is there anything that you can recommend to help her know more about this and what to do or not do?Please Help if you have any info. Thank you so much

Does she smoke? If she does, she should definately quit. She should also watch her diet, and exercise regularly. High cholesterol is a key factor in heart disease. She should talk to a nutritionist.

The most common causes of chronic cor pulmonale are chronic bronchitis and emphysema, an abnormal distension of the lungs with air. The condition is such that the network of capillaries in the lungs is progressively destroyed, causing pressure in the pulmonary artery—the artery carrying blood from the right ventricle to the lungs—to be increased. The resultant back pressure on the right ventricle increases the work and the size of the chamber, leading to heart enlargement and eventually, if uncorrected, heart failure. Acute cor pulmonale may be produced by an embolism, such as a blood clot, in a pulmonary vessel.

A person with pulmonary heart disease has a chronic cough, experiences difficulty in breathing after exertion, wheezes, and is weak and easily fatigued. Fluid may collect in the legs; pain may be felt in the right upper portion of the abdomen; digestive disturbances may be noted; the neck veins are distended; and the fingertips may be clubbed.

Treatment of the acute form of the disease is often by removal of the pulmonary blockage. Treatment of chronic cor pulmonale includes the use of antibiotics to combat respiratory infection and the use of a respirator to ease the sufferer's breathing, the restriction of sodium intake, and administration of diuretics and digitalis.  (+ info)

What is bilateral pulmonary disease and what causes it?

Recently a friend became ill and everyone including her felt it may be flu as it is flu season. But, she complained of shortness of breath and had to be given oxygen. Later she had the problem again and had to be given oxygen. It is said that she had a bag full of fluid removed from around her heart and mucus started to solidify in her lungs.Diagnosis was bilateral pulmonary disease which few people have heard about or understand except that it affected her breathing. What causes such a disease? Could the aircondition in an office be a factor?

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Can SoMeBody DescRibe to Me the meaning of pulmonary heart disease and its causes and symptoms??

PLs i need this for my REPOT ON TUESDAYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think this will help you out it is brief and to the point:

What is Cor Pulmonale?

Cor pulmonale is failure of the right side of the heart caused by prolonged high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery and right ventricle of the heart.

Cor pulmonale is also called right-sided heart failure.

How does the Heart Function?

In a normal heart, the left side produces a higher level of blood pressure in order to pump blood to the body. The right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs under much lower pressure.

Any condition that leads to prolonged high blood pressure in the arteries or veins of the lungs will be poorly tolerated by the right ventricle of the heart. When the right ventricle of the heart fails or is unable to properly pump against these abnormally high pressures, this is called cor pulmonale.

What Causes Cor Pulmonale?

Almost any chronic lung disease or condition causing prolonged low blood oxygen can lead to cor pulmonale. Some common causes of cor pulmonale are:

* Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
* Obstructive sleep apnea
* Central sleep apnea
* Mountain sickness
* Cystic fibrosis
* Primary pulmonary hypertension
* Pneumoconiosis
* Kyphoscoliosis
* Diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
* Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary disease
* Pulmonary vascular disease
* Pulmonary hypertension

Symptoms of Cor Pulmonale?

The most common symptoms of cor pulmonale are:

* Shortness of breath
* Wheezing
* Coughing
* Swelling of the feet or ankles
* Exercise intolerance
* Chest discomfort
* Bluish color to the skin
* Distension of the neck veins
* Abnormal fluid collection in the abdomen
* Enlargement of the liver
* Abnormal heart sounds

Can Cor Pulmonale be Treated?

Yes. Treatment is directed at the underlying illness. In some cases, supplemental oxygen may be prescribed to increase the level of oxygen in the blood.

Surgery may be used to reverse heart defects that cause cor pulmonale. Blood thinning medications may also be prescribed.

Complications of Cor Pulmonale?

Cor pulmonale may lead to severe fluid retention, life-threatening shortness of breath, shock, and in severe cases, death.  (+ info)

I have Valvular heart disease and now sharp pain under my left armpit... should I get help?

I'm trying to avoid going to the doctor because my insurance is throwing a fit... but I just got diagnosed with valvular heart disease a few months ago. I have regurgitation in my aortic, pulmonary, and mitric valves, and now I'm experiencing a sharp, stabbing pain under my left armpit towards my shoulder. Is it related, or could I have just pulled a muscle? Any ideas on what it could be are very welcome!

Seeing your doctor, whether or not your insurance complains, is always your FIRST step. It could be muscular, or it could be your heart. Do NOT let your insurance company dictate what you do. Make the call.  (+ info)

what causes pulmonary heart disease? Does it run in families?

My sister died in Jan and the cause of death has been determined "pulmonary heart disease".

I am confused by your question. Specifically in your use of the word "pulmonary" (which means lung). There are three things that come to mind with this term and heart disease - all very different.

1. Congenital pulmonary valve defect - the valve going out of your heart on the way to the lungs is not working correctly.

2. Primary pulmonary hypertension - the blood pressure within the vessels going to and coming from the lungs is higher than normal putting abnormal pressures on the chambers of the heart to pump blood.

3. Chronic Obustructive Pulmonary Disease - like emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Hyperinflation of the lungs can have a similiar effect as well as the blood not getting adequate oxygenation, impairing the heart further.

Do you know anything else about her condition? Was it sudden? What she a smoker? Did she require oxygen before she passed? Did she have a heart murmur? How old was she? I'm not sure what to think about the cause of death but more information would be helpful in answering your question.  (+ info)

how can a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) affects the vascular system (right sided heart failure)

COPD may cause high blood pressure in the arteries that bring blood to your lungs.
Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the small arteries of the lung become narrow, which makes it hard for blood to flow. Blood pressure increases. The right side of the heart must work harder to pump blood, and may eventually become enlarged. Eventually, right sided heart failure may develop.
Right-sided heart failure occurs in about 1 in 20 people. Coronary artery disease is the most common cause of heart failure in the United States, but it can be a complication of other conditions.
Heart failure may affect the right side of the heart (right ventricle), the left side (left ventricle), or both sides. In right-sided heart failure, the right ventricle loses its pumping function, and blood may back up into other areas of the body, producing congestion. Congestion affects the liver, the gastrointestinal tract, and the limbs. In addition, the right ventricle may be unable to pump blood efficiently to the lungs and to the left ventricle.
Causes of right-sided heart failure include left-sided heart failure and lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Other causes include congenital heart disease, clots in pulmonary arteries, pulmonary hypertension, and heart valve disease.  (+ info)

How can we make more people aware of a rare, orphan disease such as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare blood vessel disorder of the lung in which the pressure in the pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that leads from the heart to the lungs) rises above normal levels and may become life threatening. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath with minimal exertion, fatigue, chest pain, dizzy spells and fainting.
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What do you know about It?

I think the best way to make more people aware of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is by educating others, speaking with our doctors, attending seminars, alerting the media, etc. PAH is a serious disease that often gets overlooked and misdiagnosed since it mimics many other illnesses. So more awareness is definitely needed!  (+ info)

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