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 How close have you been to death and what was it like?

 I've been having an irregular heartbeat for some time now.?
I went to a walk in clinic and the Dr. advised I have Premature Atrial Contractions. He also advised they are no cause for worry, however, I have been having them more frequently now and am beginning ...

 Unbearable feeling of my heart beating please help.?
Hi, im a 20 year old male, not too long ago i was taking a hot bath and when i got out and tried to go to sleep i couldn't. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest, kinda like a pound and ...

 How long does it take for a broken heart to heal? :(?

 i lost my apatite. is there anything that will bring it back?
My girl broke up with me over a week ago and i am taking it really hard. i cant even eat. also i dont even feel like doing anything now. is there something i can do to get over it?...

 had heart attack 9 months ago and can't seem to be able to regain any energy. I don't do anything around house
except for the essentials i need a good plan for diet and exercise any help would be appreciated.Doc says i'm doing fine but i don't feel fine so i think i need to get moving but not to ...

 I just read that after a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Desease, you only have about 5 years left.?
Since I learned last July that I have CHD, I have been diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and the insulin treatment seems to be working, my numbers now in the 90's. I've lost 23 lbs but I'm ...

 How does obesity cause heart attacks?
Please no copy paste because i cant understand it ...

 today is day 1000 after having open heart surgery?
today janurary 3rd 2008 is my 1000 day out of having open
heart surgery has any one else hit that mark or past it today .
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today saturday janurary 5th is day 1003<...

 whats it called when you put a metal thing in your heart.?
operation when you put a metal thing in your heart....

 What puts you at risk of getting a heart disease?

 Do you know anyone at such a young, old, or any age that has heart disease?
I have a dad who is now 48 and has congestive heart failure, a genetic heart disease called: Hypertrophic Cadiomyopathy, and he is also border line diabetic. He had heart surgery on Feburary 14th, 200...

 is this heart problems?
For about 2 weeks I've been getting these weird feelings.. My heart flutters and it starts to race...then i get a feeling in my stomach. Kind of like kicking... im not pregnant... positive about ...

 can a person have venticular tachacardia when they are sleeping?

 my uncle had a massive heart attack and now has no brain activity.
my uncle had a heart attack 4 days ago,he has not woken up since his body temp goes up so they lower his temp down he is on a machine that breaths for him and every time they lower or stop his ...

 Is it ok to stop taking your blood pressure medicine?
I quit smoking 1year 8 months ago, changed my diet and started jogging, I feel great! I take fish oil, vitaminE&C, calcium supplements , ginko biloba, and Ginseng.I last saw my doctor 1/06 and he ...

 High blood pressure have you found a more effective way of controlling it than by using prescription drugs?

 how can i help my mom control her blood pressure?
my mom has had high blood pressure since 2-3 years! it is normally around 140-90.. but yesterday it had increased to 150-100.. but today morning when she had again got it checked in the hospital it ...

 i took some viagra and i have been hard for about 8 days now is this bad?

 Why don't our pet dogs, or cats, ever die of heart disease?
Don't they get the most rancid of fats in their commercial pet foods?

Could it be because they make their own Vitamin C?

They do however, die of cancer sometimes. Maybe ...

anil m
My neice's 3 year old son has been diagnosed with a 5-7 mm hole in the heart?Should he be operated upon at thi
Or can it be done later?
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Shuld he be operated upon at this age?

Selena B
Please discuss this with your cardiologist as soon as possible.It's quite a safe operation these days and he should be out and about in no time.

it would depend on a lot of factors including the following..
* Any symptoms of heart failure/ any heart failure medicines that he is on?
* Location of the hole (ASD or VSD)
* Whether his growth is affected by the hole or not
* Is the hole growing smaller in serial ECHOs

As a general rule most ASDs should be operated at this age, and if the VSD is causing any symptoms / is not getting smaller then this should be operated too.
For ASD it can be done without a surgery via a percutaneous guidewire (like angioplasty) and do a device clsoure .
Nowadays some centres are even not required to operate for certain special types of VSD too, they can try with a device closure for it,
warm regards
Dr. Gupta

The Doc
The answer to that question depends on many things, such as where the hole is, what effect it's having on the circulation, and what condition the patient is in. The only person who's in a good position to answer these questions is a pediatric cardiologist who has had a chance to examine your neice's son, there is simply not enough information here to make any sort of determination.

i would pray to God frist he can heal her and make her hole and then ask God if they should and he will give you the bust answer

what did the doctor tell you? is he physically fit to undergo surgery. it really is according to the surgeons

J. Shree Radha
I am sorry to hear that. That must be very stressful for your family. I don't know the answer to this question,I just wanted to offer my prayers, if I may. May God (Krishna) protect His good self and your family as well.

It would depend on how badly it is affecting his lifestyle. Repair is a very safe operation and personally I would go for a repair sooner rather than later.


Talk to the cardiologist. I can tell you I work at a children's hospital and it is not uncommon to operate on infants much younger than your nephew. Most are out of the PICU within days of surgery.

Ask this question in the heart section. You might get better answers.My niece was operated on at this age and she is doing great guns.You really need advice from the specialist.

L_H Qutub(Retired)
Much depends on the size of hole and the expertise of your surgeon, please go to this link given below to understand your child's problem:


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