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what is ventricular dysfunction?

whats left ventricular dysfunction?

whats left systolic ventricular dysfunction?
whats left diastolic ventricular dysfunction?
um, right ventricular dysfunction?

what does it mean to have low ejection fraction?
(how does that even relate to ventricular dysfunction...O.o)

What is the effect of right ventricular dysfunction on left ventricular form and function ?
and, how can u treat all of those?

whats left ventricular dysfunction?
- Left ventricle isn't working properly
whats left systolic ventricular dysfunction?
- left ventricle isnt contracting properly
whats left diastolic ventricular dysfunction?
- left ventrical isn't expanding properly
um, right ventricular dysfunction?
Right ventricle isn't working properly

Ejection fraction is the volume of blood pumped per beat, having a low ejection fraction would mean there's a possible heart condition.

And how to treat? No idea, i'm only 17.  (+ info)

my 3d echo reads .. severe left ventricular dysfunction,mild MR,mild TR and PAH,dilated LA/LV,global hypokines?

what does this mean to my life?

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What life expectancy can be assigned to a patient with atrial ventricular high grade block and bradycardia?

CAD old AWMI 2 years back LV dysfunction

There are generally two types of problems that result in bradycardias: disorders of the sinoatrial node (SA node), and disorders of the atrioventricular node (AV node).
With sinus node dysfunction (sometimes called sick sinus syndrome), there may be disordered automaticity or impaired conduction of the impulse from the sinus node into the surrounding atrial tissue (an "exit block"). It is difficult and sometimes impossible to assign a mechanism to any particular bradycardia, but the underlying mechanism is not clinically relevant to treatment, which is the same in both cases of sick sinus syndrome: a permanent pacemaker.
Atrioventricular conduction disturbances (aka: AV block; 1o AV block, 2o type I AV block, 2o type II AV block, 3o AV block) may result from impaired conduction in the AV node, or anywhere below it, such as in the bundle of HIS.
Patients with bradycardia have likely acquired it, as opposed to having it congenitally. Bradycardia is more common in older patients.
Artificial pacemaker may be implanted in the chest, if not already done, in order to prolong life expectancy.  (+ info)

What does a symptomatic supra ventricular rhythem disturbance mean?

I've had to wear a 24 hour ECG monitor to pick up evidence of a symptomatic supra ventricular rhythm disturbance, but I do not know what this mean? Can any one help? Really not sure what supra ventricular rhythm disturbance is!!

"supraventricular" means that the rhythm originates above the ventricles, the main pumping chambers of the heart.

Symptomatic means that it causes you problems, such as dizziness, shortness of breath, etc.  (+ info)

What kind of Ventricular fibrillation is not dangerous or life-threatening?

What kind of Ventricular fibrillation is not dangerous or life-threatening? That's allowed to live with it with a simple pacemaker (not ICD) to pace it out when it happens.

all v-fib is life threatening, maybe you mean atrial fibrillation, that is commonly treated with a pacemaker if cardioversion is unsuccessful and the heart rate is too low.   (+ info)

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 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)

Can a partner with erectile dysfunction make you pregnant?

My husband and i have been trying for a baby but he suffers erectyle dysfunction. We've been to the doctor's and the medications don't seem to work. We've been trying to have sex even without erection but he ejaculates... We've tried that for a while now and want to know if there are success stories of ED and if there's a possibility of getting pregnant. Please share you thoughts and stories with me.

yes! of course you can! :)

anyway - try some natural and herbal treatment! not viagra!!!

year ago my husband suffered very much from Erectile Dysfunction too and he started trying everything you can imagine to stop Erectile Dysfunction. the things that really work is:

1) Increase your intake of L-arginine. Your body uses this amino acid to produce nitric oxide. This substance will allow for the relaxation of smooth muscle surrounding the penis' blood vessels, dilating them and increasing blood flow. This increased blood flow should encourage erections.

L-arginine can be found naturally through food such as: poultry, meat, dairy products and fish. It can also be purchased in tablet form as a supplement. However, it should be noted that high doses of L-arginine can result in stomach complaints as it increases the production of gastrin, which is the hormone responsible for producing stomach acid. If you suffer from ulcers it could exacerbate your problems, so you would be wise to steer clear of this treatment option.

2) Ginko is particularly effective in men who are suffering ED as a result of anti-depressants. Like L-arginine, it relaxes smooth muscle around the penis' blood vessels which can increase blood flow.

3) Ensure you are getting enough zinc in your diet by enjoying food such as: oysters, meats, cold-water fish, beans and nuts. Zinc absorption is better in people who have a diet richer in protein than in plants, so make sure you're getting enough meats, poultry, eggs, fish and nuts. Diabetes, digestive disorders and some kidney and liver diseases can cause a siginificant depletion of the mineral zinc which has been shown to lead to erectile dysfunction.

4) Alcohol, drugs (prescription & recreational) and smoking can increase likelihood of suffering from erectile dysfunction. It's best to cut out alcohol, recreational drugs and smoking from your routine to improve your chances of overcoming this problem. If you're concerned about the impact of prescription drugs on your sexual performance, speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

5) Pelvic floor exercises have been shown to assist in treating ED. These exercises strengthen the muscles around the base of the penis. One study of 55 men showed that after 3 months, there was a marked improvement in men who followed these exercises. To do this at home, tighten your pelvic floor muscles as though you're trying to stop yourself from passing gas. You can also try and practicing retracting your penis and lifting your scrotum only using your pelvic floor muscles.

6) also you must use herbal treatment because you can not always live 100% healthy...!!!

in that case CaliPlus is really good (probably the best) product that helps against Erectile Dysfunction!
CaliPlus contains an effective composition of herbs that triggers the sex glands and increases blood accumulation in the erectile tissues (Corpora Cavernosa and Corpus Spongiosum) and thus produces strong erections.
I do not know if any pharmacies carry CaliPlus but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.caliplus.com/?id=aa0a2e

It worked and still works for him!
and for me too! :)  (+ info)

What could be causing erectile dysfunction?

I'm 20 and in the last few months I have had erectile dysfunction! I don't know what could be causing it either. I have stopped masturbating for a long period of time and that didn't really help! What are some causes of erectile dysfunction? And is there any way to fix it?

Treatment depends on the cause. Testosterone supplements may be used for cases due to hormonal deficiency. However, the cause is more usually lack of adequate penile blood supply as a result of damage to inner walls of blood vessels. This damage is more frequent in older men, and often associated with disease, in particular diabetes.
Treatments (with the exception of testosterone supplementation, where effective) work on a temporary basis: they enable an erection to be attained and maintained long enough for intercourse, but do not permanently improve the underlying condition. There are different treatments available

Oral Treatment
3 different tablets are currently available from the doctor and these work when there is sexual stimulation. Depending on the treatment, it will need to be taken 20 minutes to 1 hour before sex and the period of time over which it works can vary between 3 hours and up to 36 hours.
This can be injected into the penis or inserted using a special applicator - usually just before sexual intercourse.
Alprostadil has also bcome available in some countries as a topical cream (under the brand name Befar), and preliminary studies have shown a clinical efficacy of up to 83%. It has an onset of action of 10-15 minutes and its effects can last over 4 hours.[citation needed]
Vacuum device
These work by placing the penis in a vacuum cylinder device. The device helps draw blood into the penis. A ring at the base of the penis help maintain the erection. This type of device is sometimes referred to as penis pump and may be used just prior to sexual intercourse.
Hormone treatment
It is rare, but some men receive hormones for their erection problem. This does depend on the cause of the problem as well as other factors.
Often, as a last resort if other treatments have failed, the most common procedure is prosthetic implants which involves the insertion of artificial rods into the penis.[26]
Counselling is often a consideration, both where a psychological cause is suspected or must be ruled out, or to assist in management of any distress.
ED can in many cases be treated by drugs taken orally, injected, or as penile suppositories. These drugs increase the efficacy of NO, which dilates the blood vessels of corpora cavernosa. When oral drugs or suppositories fail, injections into the erectile tissue of the penile shaft are extremely effective but occasionally cause priapism. When pharmacological methods fail, a purpose-designed external vacuum pump can be used to attain erection, with a separate compression ring fitted to the penis to maintain it. These pumps should be distinguished from other "penis pumps" (supplied without compression rings) which, rather than being used for temporary treatment of impotence, are claimed to increase penis length if used frequently, or vibrate as an aid to masturbation.
More drastically, inflatable or rigid penile implants may be fitted surgically. Implants are irreversible and costly.
All these mechanical methods are based on simple principles of hydraulics and mechanics and are quite reliable, but have their disadvantages.
In a few cases there is a vascular problem which can be treated surgically.

In any case, good luck on getting your erections back.  (+ info)

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