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How to stop narrowing heart valves becoming fatal

Posted Feb 08 2012 11:01am

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A narrowing aortic valve is one of the most common forms of heart disease and affects more than 4% of the older population. Without treatment, aortic stenosis often leads to chest pain, syncope and heart failureFailure of the heart to pump adequately. which can be fatal. The latest article on the totalhealth website outlines how this disease is diagnosed and can be treated without the need for open heart surgery through Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty.

Aortic valve replacement by open heart surgery is the standard way of replacing a diseased aortic valve. In TAVI a new aortic valve is implanted in your heart via a tube or catheter. This tube is normally…. ( Read more )

Another disease developing as a result of narrowing valves is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). This common and deadly disease is usually symptomless until the patient suffers a heart attackThe death of a section of heart muscle caused by an interruption in its blood supply. Also called a myocardial infarction. or strokeAny sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel..

Despite the fact that PAD is so prevalent it is often not diagnosed and even when a diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. is made appropriate treatment goals are often not set. This is a missed opportunity…. ( Read more )

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?
These treatments include analgesicsAnother term for painkillers. aimed to reduce pain, anti-inflammatoryAny drug that suppresses inflammation drugs aimed to reduce inflammationThe body’s response to injury. in the joint, as well as various surgical procedures. AposTherapy, which was recently launched in the UK, is a treatment which…. ( Read more )

Should I consult my doctor before regularly drinking prune juice?
If you have digestive health issues you may want to drink less than 120ml daily. If you are receiving medication for a condition relating to your digestion.… ( Read more )

The popularity of the hip resurfacing method of treatment has increased due to marketing and national press publicity, however, there are two inherent problems. Firstly, there is a risk of femoralRelating to the area at the top of the thigh, near the top of the femur (thigh bone).…. ( Read more )

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