FAQ - arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia
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How can you build strength and flexability in a leg with Dysplasia?

My right Hip has Oesteo Arthritis, severe.It has caused my knee to become damaged from compensating and the mucles to become displaced- is very painful. I am a dancer who is having a hard time - but I cannot give up the dance; no matter how much it hurts.

Ask your doctor if it's ok to do some gentle stretches such as those with yoga. Also, ask if they think that having a consultation with a physical therapist might be able to help as well with this as far as additional types of exercises to help your hip and leg.  (+ info)

why there is bicuspid valve in left atrium n left ventricular ?

whether it has to work more than other valve in heart.It has to prevent backward flow of blood against high pressure of left ventricular.So has it any structural feature or reason to presence of it.Is there any structural benefit?

In theory if there are fewer moving parts than there are mechanical and functional advantages. Therefore, a bicuspid valve which has two cusps is more advantageous than tricuspid valves which have three cusps.  (+ info)

How come there is no P wave in ventricular fibrillation?

I get that the ventricles are quivering and no CO occurs. But how come there is no p wave on an EKG? The atria should still be working fine because v fib is a problem with the ventricles.

The atrial depolarization is so minor compared to the ventricles. The ventricles are depolarizing so fast that the P waves are just buried in the ECG.  (+ info)

How long can the body live without the heart? I have Reoccuring Periocarditis/Left Ventricular Cardiomyopathy?

I have reoccuring periocarditis & LVC with some wall thickening. Let's say I just suddenly drop playing basketball or football or while I'm out for a 5 mile run or while I'm in the bedroom with my woman. Realistically what are the chances of my survival if my heart fails even with the administration of CPR. Also can a heart that has failed due to my condition be defibbed to restart?

I'm not sure, But I will pray for you.  (+ info)

What does preserved left ventricular systolic function mean?

My echo says that I have a normal LV and preserved LV systolic function. I went in for tachycardia (SVT)
So does preserved mean the same thing as "normal"?

Preserved means the same thing as normal.  (+ info)

Can someone explain a external ventricular drainage to me?

My friend is having this done sometime tomorrow to help relieve pressure on her brain because of fluid I believe. I've found a few things on it, but nothing too helpful. I also have a few simple questions, like how long is recovery, how long is it generally in for, and what happens after. Thanks.

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What is mild dysplasia? Can that cause pregnancy problems?

I went for a pap smear and the clinic had called me back a couple of days later and mentioned I have mild dysplasia. I was wondering if this is curable without treatment and are their any syptoms that let you that you have this??? Please help!

No, there are no symptoms other than the cell changes on your cervix, which you will not notice. Mild dysplasia means there is a small amount of abnormal growth on the cervix. This is often caused by HPV, but not always. Mild dysplasia often goes away on its on within a year (I think 70% of cases?).

The treatment for ongoing or worsening of dysplasia is to get rid of those cells. They do this in three ways: cutting it out with a LEEP procedure, freezing it off (not done often anymore), or lasering it off. None of these procedures are very dangerous.

As for pregnancy, when using the LEEP procedure, there is a slight increase in the possibility of having an early baby, but this risk is known to be very slight. If this still worries you, you can opt for the laser treatment, which removes less tissue.

But for now, don't worry! It's very likely your dysplasia will go away on its own.  (+ info)

How often in real life does ventricular defibrillation work?

Time since arrest and cause of arrest are the main factors. But it's not just whether you induce a working heart beat. If you get the chemistry right, you can get a heart beat going in a lot of dead people. Doesn't mean they can survive or function again. What matter is that if the heart still has the ability to function and is still trying vigorously but is in V-fib, there is a good chance of converting it and getting a reasonably good outcome. Note that, contrary to the movies, it does not restart a heart that has no electrical activity at all. That has to be done primarily with chemistry. In other words, you have to get it to fibrillate before you can defibrillate.  (+ info)

What does it mean that I was shown to have a left ventricular ejection fraction of 55%?

I was also noted to achieve an exercise capacity of 12.8 METS. What does that mean? I am 55 years old if that is relevant.

its the fraction of blood pumped out of a ventricle with each heart beat.
Guess the 12.8 means your in good health  (+ info)

i want to know how the future holds for a child with down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

I got a daughther who has down syndrome with vsd(ventricular septal defect).She is 5 years old april 23,2006.Her weight is only 13 KG.She has a very high problem of breathing specially at night.The thing that I wanted to be clear is what I possibly expect in the future.I am for example worried about her weight.She looks like a 2 years old.

Many children with Down's Syndrome have heart problems and ventricular septal defect is one of the commonest heart defects in all children. Often the hole will close on its own but as your daughter is five this obviously hasn't happened. If a child with this problem is not putting on weight they can be given high calorie food and feed through a nasal gastric tube. This defect can be operated on. Has this been suggested? Success rates are as high as 99% in some hospitals.  (+ info)

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