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What is a normal left ventricular ejection fraction?

A year ago I had an echocardiogram and my left ventricular ejection fraction was 62%, now it is 45%. I have cardiomyopathy. What does all this mean? Can you provide a credible website that explains it? Thank you. Any help is appreciated.

A normal LV ejection fraction is on the order of 55%. I'm afraid I don't know which website can explain this, I beg your pardon.  (+ info)

What is left ventricular cavity obliteration?

I saw my cardiologist today and have been diagnosed with left ventricular hypertrophy. I'm well aware of the condition, but on the echocardiogram, it said "complete left ventricular cavity obliteration." I have no clue what that means. Can't find a thing on the web. Any clues?

LV cavity obliteration is basically what it sounds like, when the LV squeezes in systole the cavity is completely closed off. Normally the LV doesn't completely empty of blood. Depending on how severe your LVH is, that could be the cause. It could also be caused by dehydration.  (+ info)

What questions should I ask my doctor about severe dysplasia?

I have had a biopsy done which had shown that I have severe dysplasia and will be getting a LEEP done on Tuesday. I don't have children yet but want to. I know more about dysplasia and other things regarding it because I have been researching it but I want to know what questions I should ask my doctor.

I had a leep done last september and it went surprisingly well. Ask about:

How long you need to wait before you can have sex, etc. The longer the better, my doctor told me 2 weeks and I have since been told that that was not long enough.

Ask what you can expect as far as the healing process, I was very surprised when I started passing clots, which is normal, but my doc didn't tell me about it so I was pretty freaked out when it started happening.

Ask what to expect as far as bleeding after sex, I am still experiencing bleeding occasionally and it can be very frustrating.

Ask when you will be hearing about the test results of the removed tissue - it usually only takes a couple days (the tests will confirm that the abnormal cells were not cancerous and will also indicate whether all the abnormal cells were removed).

You may also want to ask about complications after the surgery, like incomplete removal of cells, narrowing of the cervical opening, and excessive bleeding and scar tissue.

Ask any other questions that you can think of about any other things that you are concerned about. Try making a list so that you don't miss anything; you'll probably be nervous and you don't want to go home wondering about the things you forgot to ask. The procedure took my doctor less than ten minutes, and my cramping during healing was minimal. Ask your doctor what he recommends to take for pain. Make sure you have tons of pads (the always infinity ones are the best, they're really thin and light and super absorbent. You can expect to bleed for two weeks or more.

I hope this helps, good luck!  (+ info)

What would dysplasia have to do with teeth/orthodontists?

I was reading my orthodontic file and I think it said something about dysplasia... Most of the words were really confusing and I didn't understand them, the only one I remembered was dysplasia (I think). What is dysplasia, and what would it have to do with my teeth?

Dysplasia (from Greek, roughly: "bad form") is a term used in pathology to refer to an abnormality in maturation of cells within a tissue. This generally consists of an expansion of immature cells, with a corresponding decrease in the number and location of mature cells. Dysplasia is often indicative of an early neoplastic process. The term dysplasia is typically used when the cellular abnormality is restricted to the originating tissue, as in the case of an early, in-situ neoplasm. For example, epithelial dysplasia of the cervix (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia - a disorder commonly detected by an abnormal pap smear) consists of an increased population of immature (basal-like) cells which are restricted to the mucosal surface, and have not invaded through the basement membrane to the deeper soft tissues. Myelodysplastic syndromes, or dysplasia of blood-forming cells, show increased numbers of immature cells in the bone marrow, and a decrease in mature, functional cells in the blood.  (+ info)

What is servere dysplasia of the cervix?

I had a pap smear come back with the results of having abnormal cells to the cervix. Then about 3wks ago i had a cervical biopsy done and was told that i had servere dysplasia. That my cervical cells were so abonormal. What does this mean? Do i have cancer and they did not want to tell me over the phone so i would not worry. Which i am, and so is my boyfriend. We cried together last night fear of me having cancer and the worse happen. The nurse at the clinic said that they are going to make an appointment with a specialist as soon as i get my financial papers in the mail. Which i received today and have to wait until MOnday being that the offices are closed on the weekend. Ahh. I dont know what to think. I am so stressed out and depressed.

Severe dysplasia is NOT cancer but a form of precancer.
Cells on the cervix will undergo changes sometimes when
the patient has the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Over
70 to 80 percent of the population is infected with this virus
and do not know. If severe dyplasia (also known as a High
grade squamous intrapithelial lesion) is left untreated, it can turn into cancer. Cervical cancer can be a slow growing cancer and is quite curable when detected early enough. But the important is to follow your doctors instructions. Good luck to you.  (+ info)

What is going on on the EKG and in the heart when ventricular Diastole is too slow?

1. What is going on on the EKG and in the heart when ventricular Systole is too slow?
2. What is going on on the EKG and in the heart when ventricular Diastole is too Fast?

QRS interval should prolong if systole is too slow and QT interval should prolong if diastole is too slow. Tachycardia should ensue if both these are fast.  (+ info)

What are your experiences regarding the treatment of hip dysplasia in human &/or periacetabular osteotomys?

At 14 I was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and at 15 underwent a periacetabular osteotomy. I am curious if there are any others out there who underwent this that I can compare my results with. I am currently experiencing a lot of difficulty with range of motion and wanted to see if this is a common side effect for others.

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Is it possible to practice martial arts with a left ventricular shunt?

I have a left ventricular shunt due to hydrocephalus, and I've always wanted to learn martial arts (karate, judo, tae kwon do, I love them all), but my parents were always scared to death that I would injure myself or die. Is it safe to practice weaponless martial arts with this kind of shunt?

kung fu like tai chi or wing chun slow and easy and make others aware of your health or do it at home with a tape by david carradine from the library for free once you master a form animal style you just try to perfect the motions and the breathing then to add power and chi meditate while you practice to use for defence speed up   (+ info)

I am 29 weeks pregnant and my baby's Ventricular size is bigger than usual. What does this mean?

I went to the doctor today for my 29 week sonogram. The doctor discovered that in the baby’s brain his ventricular size is bigger than usual. They said there is no need to worry and I should come back in 3 weeks for a follow –up. What does this mean? What does this mean for the baby’s future? Does this mean that the baby will have brain problem in future?

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Can the heart or part of it burst due to ventricular hypertophy?

The above is assuming the person suffering from it has hypertension.

Also, what other complications can ventricular hypertophy cause?

Ventricular hypertrophy is thickening of the muscle of the left ventricle due to hypertension. The ventricle must work harder than normal to pump the blood at the higher pressure. As is the case with other muscles, the harder it works, the thicker it gets. So, the ventricular wall will not rupture because of hypertrophy. Ventricular rupture can occur after an extensive myocardial infarction in which the muscle becomes scarred, weakened and thinned. It can then balloon out in what is called a ventricular aneurysm which can rupture.  (+ info)

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