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Left Ventricular Assist Device - Understanding Its Usage!

Dr. Sanjib Patra 87% (18 ratings)
Fellowship In Electrophysiology, Fellowship In Interventional Cardiology, DM - Cardiology, MD - Medicine, MBBS
Cardiologist, Delhi
Left Ventricular Assist Device - Understanding Its Usage!

A left ventricular assist device is an electromechanical device used in cases of advanced heart failure. In later stages of heart failure when the heart is weakened and no longer able to pump the necessary amount of blood, a left ventricular assist device can be surgically implanted to assist the heart’s functions.

A left ventricular assist device is often used as a short term solution and is different from a pacemaker, which is a long term cardiac assist device. The cases in which a left ventricular assist device is often used are:

  • As a temporary solution while a cardiac failure patient is on a transplant list or otherwise waiting for a heart transplant.
  • During recovery from cardiac surgery when the heart is not strong enough to function on its own. The device would soon be removed as the patient recovers.
  • During recovery from heart attacks

Having a left ventricular assist device implanted gives the heart time to rest and recover, leading you to the point where your heart can go back to functioning on its own. However, there are cases where a left ventricular assist device can be implanted as a long term solution. This treatment is called Destination Therapy and requires implanting a left ventricular assist device for several months or several years.

How a Left Ventricular Assist Device works?
A Left Ventricular Assist Device can only be surgically implanted. It has both internal and external components with a pump attached to your heart and a controller on the outside of the body. The pump is attached to the heart with a tube that directs blood into the aorta. The pump and the controller are connected through a cable called the driveline. Since the Left Ventricular Assist Device is powered by electricity or batteries, a power source is also worn outside the body and is attached to the controller, powering both the controller and the pump.

How a Left Ventricular Assist Device can affect your lifestyle?
Many people around the world have Left Ventricular Assist Devices implanted on both a temporary and permanent basis. While a person should be resting while recovering from a heart attack or cardiac surgery, it is possible to go about your normal daily life whilst having a Left Ventricular Assist Device implanted. While certain exercises and stress should be avoided when having a heart condition or when implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device, with carrying cases for power sources and controller that can operate from various different power sources, it is easy to live a normal productive life. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Cardiologist.

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Left Ventricular Assist Device - What Exactly Is It?

Dr. Vivek Baliga B 92% (40 ratings)
MBBS, MRCP (UK), PG Diploma In Lipid Management, MBA (Healthcare)
Cardiologist, Bangalore
Left Ventricular Assist Device - What Exactly Is It?

A left ventricular assist device is an electromechanical device used in cases of advanced heart failure. In later stages of heart failure when the heart is weakened and no longer able to pump the necessary amount of blood, a left ventricular assist device can be surgically implanted to assist the heart’s functions.

A left ventricular assist device is often used as a short term solution and is different from a pacemaker, which is a long term cardiac assist device. The cases in which a left ventricular assist device is often used are:

  • As a temporary solution while a cardiac failure patient is on a transplant list or otherwise waiting for a heart transplant.
  • During recovery from cardiac surgery when the heart is not strong enough to function on its own. The device would soon be removed as the patient recovers.
  • During recovery from heart attacks

Having a left ventricular assist device implanted gives the heart time to rest and recover, leading you to the point where your heart can go back to functioning on its own. However, there are cases where a left ventricular assist device can be implanted as a long term solution. This treatment is called Destination Therapy and requires implanting a left ventricular assist device for several months or several years.

How a Left Ventricular Assist Device works?
A Left Ventricular Assist Device can only be surgically implanted. It has both internal and external components with a pump attached to your heart and a controller on the outside of the body. The pump is attached to the heart with a tube that directs blood into the aorta. The pump and the controller are connected through a cable called the driveline. Since the Left Ventricular Assist Device is powered by electricity or batteries, a power source is also worn outside the body and is attached to the controller, powering both the controller and the pump.

How a Left Ventricular Assist Device can affect your lifestyle?
Many people around the world have Left Ventricular Assist Devices implanted on both a temporary and permanent basis. While a person should be resting while recovering from a heart attack or cardiac surgery, it is possible to go about your normal daily life whilst having a Left Ventricular Assist Device implanted. While certain exercises and stress should be avoided when having a heart condition or when implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device, with carrying cases for power sources and controller that can operate from various different power sources, it is easy to live a normal productive life.

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Understanding The Usage Of Left Ventricular Assist Device!

Dr. Viveka Kumar 91% (112 ratings)
DM - Cardiology -, MD - General Medicine - , MBBS, FSCAI, MHRS, FACC, FESC , Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology & EP, Interventional Cardiology & EP and Devices, Senior Specialist( Interventional Cardiology), Fellow of southeast Asian Interventional Cardiology Society, International Award of Excellence in Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
Understanding The Usage Of Left Ventricular Assist Device!

A left ventricular assist device is an electromechanical device used in cases of advanced heart failure. In later stages of heart failure when the heart is weakened and no longer able to pump the necessary amount of blood, a left ventricular assist device can be surgically implanted to assist the heart’s functions.

A left ventricular assist device is often used as a short term solution and is different from a pacemaker, which is a long term cardiac assist device. The cases in which a left ventricular assist device is often used are:

  • As a temporary solution while a cardiac failure patient is on a transplant list or otherwise waiting for a heart transplant.
  • During recovery from cardiac surgery when the heart is not strong enough to function on its own. The device would soon be removed as the patient recovers.
  • During recovery from heart attacks

Having a left ventricular assist device implanted gives the heart time to rest and recover, leading you to the point where your heart can go back to functioning on its own. However, there are cases where a left ventricular assist device can be implanted as a long term solution. This treatment is called Destination Therapy and requires implanting a left ventricular assist device for several months or several years.

How a Left Ventricular Assist Device works?
A Left Ventricular Assist Device can only be surgically implanted. It has both internal and external components with a pump attached to your heart and a controller on the outside of the body. The pump is attached to the heart with a tube that directs blood into the aorta. The pump and the controller are connected through a cable called the driveline. Since the Left Ventricular Assist Device is powered by electricity or batteries, a power source is also worn outside the body and is attached to the controller, powering both the controller and the pump.

How a Left Ventricular Assist Device can affect your lifestyle?
Many people around the world have Left Ventricular Assist Devices implanted on both a temporary and permanent basis. While a person should be resting while recovering from a heart attack or cardiac surgery, it is possible to go about your normal daily life whilst having a Left Ventricular Assist Device implanted. While certain exercises and stress should be avoided when having a heart condition or when implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device, with carrying cases for power sources and controller that can operate from various different power sources, it is easy to live a normal productive life.

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How to Treat Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC)?

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7785 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
How to Treat Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC)?

Premature ventricular contraction, also called ventricular premature beats are the most common of all arrhythmia. Arrhythmia are disorders of the heart rhythm. These are common in people with cardiac (heart) disorders but also occur in people with normal hearts. This article will walk you through the process of treating PVC, along with providing information on its causes and symptoms. Just see Step 1 below to get started.

Understand that PVC doesn't always require treatment. If you are a healthy person, have no cardiovascular disease (hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease etc) or diabetes, no treatment is required for occasional PVCs. In fact, many athletic people often experience PVCs, without any cause for medical concern.

Identify and avoid PVC triggers.Things like exercising, eating a large meal, etc may provoke symptoms of PVC. If you experience frequent episodes of PVCs, it's important to try to identify what activity is related to the symptoms, so you can cut back on it.

  • A good way to track your episodes of PVC is to make a chart of your activities and symptoms in relation to time. Draw a table with 24 columns representing 24 hours of the day. Note down your activities in each column under the respective hours of the day. Then put a tick mark under the hours when you feel symptoms.
  • Just a few days of charting your symptoms will give you an idea about which activity is causing PVCs. Once you have identified the activity, try to avoid it as much as possible.

Reduce substance misuse. Caffeine (found in coffee, tea), alcohol, tobacco, amphetamines, cocaine etc are well known to cause PVC. These substances stimulate the sympathetic system of the body causing hyper-excitability, increased heart rate and contraction.

  • Try to avoid these substances or at least reduce the amount of intake. It may not be possible to give up all at once. Therefore, you should aim to reduce consumption by 5-10% every week.

Identify whether any of your medications are causing the PVC. You may be taking medications that cause PVC without actually being aware of it.

  • These include anti-asthma medications (salbutamol, theophylline), nasal decongestants (pseudoephedrine), thyroxine and other sympathomimetic drugs. These substances excite the heart and make people more prone to developing PVCs.
  • Some herbal medications and supplements also contain ingredients responsible for rapid heartbeat and PVC.
  • You should visit your GP with a list of all prescription and non-prescription drugs to check if any of them could be causing the symptoms of PVC. Your doctor will be able to adjust the dose or prescribe heart-friendly drugs.

Reduce anxiety and stress. Feelings of anxiety and stress trigger the release of sympathetic hormones and chemical mediators, leading to hyper-excitability of the heart. Anxiety is also a known cause of palpitation.

  • Therefore, you should try to avoid these negative feelings using any means possible, including self-help techniques.
  • Try meditation, yoga and biofeedback techniques to get rid of anxiety. You can also take help of professional therapist to choose appropriate technique.

Take medications to prevent PVC. Beta blockers such as propranolol can be used to suppress premature ventricular contractions. They are also used for the treatment of hypertension, anxiety and a variety of other medical condition. Beta blockers are comparatively safer than other drugs used for the treatment of PVC and arrhythmia.

  • Tab propranolol 10-40mg 3-4 times daily will be required to treat PVCs. You should start with low dose and gradually increase the dose until satisfactory result is obtained.
  • Other drugs are used in more severe conditions. They are actually anti-arrhythmic group of drugs such as amiodarone, flecainide, propafenone etc. These drugs must not be taken without doctor’s advice because inappropriate use may induce serious arrhythmia instead of correcting it.

 

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What Is Impotence And Erectile Dysfunction?

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7785 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
What Is Impotence And Erectile Dysfunction?

Impotence refers to a man’s inability to get or maintain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse. Occasionally having trouble getting or keeping an erection is quite common. And it’s not generally a cause for concern.

If it happens more than just occasionally, then it needs to be addressed with your doctor. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of an underlying health condition like diabetes or heart disease. Regardless of the cause of impotence, left untreated it can take a toll on your relationships and your self-confidence.

Symptoms

Experiencing problems with erections once in a while is something that happens to most men at some point. It is when the following symptoms are persistent, or become a problem for you and your partner, they may be cause for concern:

  • difficulty getting erect
  • difficulty keeping a strong erection
  • reduced sex drive

 

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Erectile Dysfunction - The Best Way It Can Be Treated!

Dr. Yuvraj Arora Monga 87% (1373 ratings)
MD-Pharmacology, MBBS
Sexologist, Delhi
Erectile Dysfunction - The Best Way It Can Be Treated!

Some men find it difficult to enjoy intercourse because they cannot maintain an erection for long. In some cases, they may even find it difficult to have an erection in the first place. This condition is fairly common and is known as erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction can be an embarrassing condition to talk about but if left unaddressed, it could cause harm to your psychological health.

Not being able to have an erection once in a while is not something to worry about but if this persists over time, you should consult a doctor. Though the physical inability to have or maintain an erection is the most prominent symptom of this condition, it can also be accompanied by a lack of sexual desire.

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of factors. These can be categorized as physical causes, psychological causes or a combination of the two. For example, a physical ailment could stress you out and create anxiety thus keep you from having an erection. Some such physical causes include heart conditions, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, obesity, diabetes. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, prolonged use of tobacco, Peyronie’s disease, insomnia or the use of certain types of medication such as those used to treat an enlarged prostate.

  • Surgeries that affect the pelvic area could also contribute towards erectile dysfunction. Some of the psychological factors that contribute towards erectile dysfunction are stress, anxiety, relationship troubles, depression etc.
  • Age also plays an important role in having an erection. As a man gets older, his ability to have an erection and maintain it for a long period of time reduces. They may also not be as firm as they were when he was younger.
  • Some of the other risk factors that can contribute towards erectile dysfunction are injuries that could have damaged nerves or arteries in the pelvic region, any kind of pelvic surgery, radiation treatment, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption, diabetes, heart conditions, regular use of antidepressants or antihistamines and usage of drugs.

Treatment for erectile dysfunction depends on the severity of the condition and the factors triggering it. This could take the form of oral medications such as viagra, suppositories, injectable medication, hormone replacement therapy, penis pumps or penile implants. However, do not try any of these remedies without consulting a doctor. If the condition is being triggered by a psychological cause, counselling could also help. In addition, moderate to high impact aerobic exercises can help improve this condition. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Thyroid Dysfunction and Treatment

Dr. Anuj Gupta 89% (692 ratings)
Post Graduate Certficate in Ksharsutra & Ano-Rectal Diseases, BAMS, IMA Ayush , Vaidratnam kerala
General Physician, Gurgaon
Thyroid Dysfunction and Treatment

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated at the base of the front of your neck, just below your Adam's apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland do everything from maintaining your heart rate to regulating your body temperature to controlling your body weight. 

Millions of people worldwide suffer from thyroid dysfunction and several don't know about it. This is primarily because people don't tend to link the common symptoms first with a thyroid disease. Some people suffer from mood swings, trouble with memory, weight gain or fatigue, all of which they look upon individually as a problem and hence not piecing together the puzzle of their real medical condition. Here are a few insights that'll help you cope:

How does the thyroid gland work: About 85% of the hormone produced by our thyroid gland is T4, which is an inactive form of the hormone. After T4 is made, a small amount of is converted into T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone. T3 is then converted to free T3 or reverse T3. It is the free T3 that forms the base of thyroid functions. 

What is hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly, often over a number of years, which is why it is often missed from regular treatment charts. For instance, fatigue and weight gain are often attributed to stress, lifestyle changes and natural ageing process. But as time goes by, some of the symptoms show a higher level of manifestation like muscle weakness, elevated blood cholesterol, thinning hair, puffy face, hoarse voice and slowed heart rate. 

If left untreated, hypothyroidism may lead to goiter (enlarged thyroid), increased memory problems, low blood pressure, decreased breathing and in extreme cases, unresponsiveness and coma
This disease may also occur in newborns, infants and children. Symptoms include excessive sleepiness, poor muscle tone and constipation. It is important to diagnose and treat it early, as in severe cases it may lead to mental and / or physical retardation. In children and teens, it can result in stunted growth, and delayed puberty.

What is hyperthyroidismIt's the opposite of hypothyroidism, which means in this case the thyroid overproduces hormones. Common symptoms include lack of sleep, weakness, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood pressure and hand tremors. While genetics are partially responsible for it, it is also triggered by autoimmune disorder. Hyperthyroidism can be treated with medication, radioactive iodine (not the first or best choice as it harms white cells too) and surgery. Keeping a focus on your calcium and sodium intake is crucial to curb the disorder.

Treatments: Conventional treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery. Alternative treatments involve diet and lifestyle changes. Taking multivitamins, going gluten free, getting a good night sleep, and reducing stress is all said to help heal your thyroid gradually.

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Ways To Treat Thyroid Dysfunction!

Dr. Arun R 90% (763 ratings)
MD - Microbiology, MBBS
General Physician, Bangalore
Ways To Treat Thyroid Dysfunction!

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated at the base of the front of your neck, just below your Adam's apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland do everything from maintaining your heart rate to regulating your body temperature to controlling your body weight. 

Millions of people worldwide suffer from thyroid dysfunction and several don't know about it. This is primarily because people don't tend to link the common symptoms first with a thyroid disease. Some people suffer from mood swings, trouble with memory, weight gain or fatigue, all of which they look upon individually as a problem and hence not piecing together the puzzle of their real medical condition. Here are a few insights that'll help you cope:

How does the thyroid gland work: About 85% of the hormone produced by our thyroid gland is T4, which is an inactive form of the hormone. After T4 is made, a small amount of is converted into T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone. T3 is then converted to free T3 or reverse T3. It is the free T3 that forms the base of thyroid functions. 

What is hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly, often over a number of years, which is why it is often missed from regular treatment charts. For instance, fatigue and weight gain are often attributed to stress, lifestyle changes and natural ageing process. But as time goes by, some of the symptoms show a higher level of manifestation like muscle weakness, elevated blood cholesterol, thinning hair, puffy face, hoarse voice and slowed heart rate. 

If left untreated, hypothyroidism may lead to goiter (enlarged thyroid), increased memory problems, low blood pressure, decreased breathing and in extreme cases, unresponsiveness and coma

This disease may also occur in newborns, infants and children. Symptoms include excessive sleepiness, poor muscle tone and constipation. It is important to diagnose and treat it early, as in severe cases it may lead to mental and / or physical retardation. In children and teens, it can result in stunted growth, and delayed puberty.

What is hyperthyroidismIt's the opposite of hypothyroidism, which means in this case the thyroid overproduces hormones. Common symptoms include lack of sleep, weakness, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood pressure and hand tremors. While genetics are partially responsible for it, it is also triggered by autoimmune disorder. Hyperthyroidism can be treated with medication, radioactive iodine (not the first or best choice as it harms white cells too) and surgery. Keeping a focus on your calcium and sodium intake is crucial to curb the disorder.

Treatments: Conventional treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery. Alternative treatments involve diet and lifestyle changes. Taking multivitamins, going gluten free, getting a good night sleep, and reducing stress is all said to help heal your thyroid gradually. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.

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Thyroid Dysfunction - How Can It Be Treated?

Dr. Sanchayan Roy 90% (225 ratings)
DNB (Medicine), MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Thyroid Dysfunction - How Can It Be Treated?

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated at the base of the front of your neck, just below your Adam's apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland do everything from maintaining your heart rate to regulating your body temperature to controlling your body weight. 

Millions of people worldwide suffer from thyroid dysfunction and several don't know about it. This is primarily because people don't tend to link the common symptoms first with a thyroid disease. Some people suffer from mood swings, trouble with memory, weight gain or fatigue, all of which they look upon individually as a problem and hence not piecing together the puzzle of their real medical condition. Here are a few insights that'll help you cope:

How does the thyroid gland work: About 85% of the hormone produced by our thyroid gland is T4, which is an inactive form of the hormone. After T4 is made, a small amount of is converted into T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone. T3 is then converted to free T3 or reverse T3. It is the free T3 that forms the base of thyroid functions. 

What is hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly, often over a number of years, which is why it is often missed from regular treatment charts. For instance, fatigue and weight gain are often attributed to stress, lifestyle changes and natural ageing process. But as time goes by, some of the symptoms show a higher level of manifestation like muscle weakness, elevated blood cholesterol, thinning hair, puffy face, hoarse voice and slowed heart rate. 

If left untreated, hypothyroidism may lead to goiter (enlarged thyroid), increased memory problems, low blood pressure, decreased breathing and in extreme cases, unresponsiveness and coma. 
This disease may also occur in newborns, infants and children. Symptoms include excessive sleepiness, poor muscle tone and constipation. It is important to diagnose and treat it early, as in severe cases it may lead to mental and / or physical retardation. In children and teens, it can result in stunted growth, and delayed puberty.

What is hyperthyroidism: It's the opposite of hypothyroidism, which means in this case the thyroid overproduces hormones. Common symptoms include lack of sleep, weakness, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood pressure and hand tremors. While genetics are partially responsible for it, it is also triggered by autoimmunecdisorder. Hyperthyroidism can be treated with medication, radioactive iodine (not the first or best choice as it harms white cells too) and surgery. Keeping a focus on your calcium and sodium intake is crucial to curb the disorder.

Treatments: Conventional treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery. Alternative treatments involve diet and lifestyle changes. Taking multivitamins, going gluten free, getting a good night sleep, and reducing stress is all said to help heal your thyroid gradually.

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Erectile Dysfunction: How To Know If You Are Suffering From This Relationship Killer

Dr. Rahman 91% (820 ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Sexologist, Chennai
Erectile Dysfunction: How To Know If You Are Suffering From This Relationship Killer
Erectile Dysfunction: How To Know If You Are Suffering From This Relationship Killer

Almost every adult man will face some sort of erection problem sometime in their life. This inability to get and maintain a strong enough erection during intercourse is one of the most frustrating things a man can face, and if left untreated, it can totally destroy a relationship and lead long time partners to split up and in many cases be the main cause of a divorce


There is no need to panic if you have erection problems very infrequently as in such cases erectile dysfunction is often temporary and may require little or no treatment at all. But if you face erection problems more frequently ( more than 1 time out of every 4 times that you try to have sex) then it may be time to seriously consider getting it treated.

The causes for erectile dysfunction are varied and can be due to either psychological or physical reasons or a combination of both. If you suffer from diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure or other heart ailments it is more than likely that these may cause erectile problems. Mental stress, anxiety or depression is another cause for ED.

Lifestyle choices like alcohol and drug abuse, unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise ( causing you to be overweight) can also trigger the onset of erectile dysfunction.

Medications like some types of anti-depressants are also known to cause ED. Injury to the groin area and prostrate surgery can also contribute to impotence.

The key is to getting over this problem is to seek professional medical help as soon as you feel that erection problems are causing you and your partner not to enjoy sex anymore or causing you mental stress. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor or a sexologist, they will be sensitive to your privacy concerns and guide you towards an effective way to treat your condition, so that you can be on your way to enjoying the sex life that you and your partner deserve.

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