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Good Afternoon, my wife and I live in the northeast, in

Good Afternoon, my wife and I live in the northeast, in western New York (upstate.) She has been diagnosed since birth with Pulmonary Atresia and Tetralogy Fallot. I've been doing some research on some healthy and natural things a person could do to increase heart health and I came across Omega 3 Fatty Acids and also DHA and EPA. My question is, if she takes double the recommended amount daily (1,000 mg is the recommended amount) at 2000 mg of DHA and EPA each and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, will this have noticeable healing effects with the conditions she's dealing with or could it end up being really bad for her or will it not matter if she does this?Thanks for your care concern and expertise in this matter!

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Hello Dr. Love, I find that I have a few more questions

Hello Dr. Love,I find that I have a few more questions for you concerning my character's heart condition.The hospital that the child would be admitted to would be the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at MMC. The following is a list of the heart conditions that they, along with MMC's Cardiovascular Institute, diagnosis and treat.This means, at least for my story which I need to be as realistic as possible before the fantasy starts, has a hiccup. If this hospital is so very well equipped, which it seems to be, why would they send my character away?Is there something, not listed here, that my character could suffer from, or some rare complication, that would require the staff at this hospital to send her to Boston Children's Hospital instead?Thank you again for your help.-------Congenital heart disease is a heart defect or structural problem that is present at birth. Congenital defects can range from holes between chambers of the heart to the absence of one or more heart chambers or valves. Types of congenital heart defects we treat include:Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) – Abnormal blood flow between two of the major arteries connected to the heartAtrial septal defect (ASD) – A hole in the part of the septum (heart wall) that separates the atria, the upper chambers of the heart. A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common ASD.Ventricular septal defect (VSD) – A hole in the part of the septum (heart wall) that separates the ventricles, the lower chambers of the heartAtrioventricular (AV) canal defect - Occurs when there's a hole between the chambers of the heart and problems with the valves that regulate blood flow in the heart.Valvular defects – The valves control the heart's blood flow and can have the following types of defects:Stenosis (thickening or narrowing) which prevents the valve from fully opening (pulmonary valve stenosis is the most common valve defect)Atresia which occurs when a valve doesn't form correctly and lacks a hole for blood to pass throughRegurgitation which occurs when a valve doesn't close completely so blood leaks back through the valveTetralogy of Fallot – A complex heart defect that is a combination of four different defectsArrhythmias – Heart rhythm abnormalities caused by disturbances in the heart's electrical system (Brugada syndrome is one such arrhythmia that is a hereditary disease)Cardiomyopathy – Disease of the heart muscle (this can be genetic or acquired)Coronary artery fistulas (CAF) – An abnormal connection between a coronary artery and the right side of the heart or pulmonary arteryPulmonary hypertension –A type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heartCyanotic Ventricle or “Blue Heart” – An abnormal blood flow resulting in low blood oxygen levels. Related conditions include single ventricle, hypo-plastic left heart syndrome, and transposition of the great arteries or “TGA”Acquired heart disease is a condition that develops sometime during childhood. Types of acquired heart disease include:Kawasaki disease – An inflammatory disease that affects the tissues of the heart and blood vesselsRheumatic heart disease – Caused by the same bacteria that causes strep throatInfective endocarditis – Infection of the lining of the heart chambers and heart valves (endocardium) caused by bacteria entering the bloodstreamCardiomyopathy – Disease of the heart muscle (this can be acquired or genetic)

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My fingernails are curving downward a lot an the tips of my

My fingernails are curving downward a lot an the tips of my fingers seem to be broadening. Looking those symptoms up it seems to be "clubbing nails". I discussed this with my m.d. And he ordered chest X-ray and blood work, but then told me to come back to him in 6 months. I do seem to have some breathing problems after 50 years of smoking (not severe). I looked up this aspect and it indicated that clubbing is not usually associated with COPD. So is 6 months too long to wait for follow up ? That is my main ? Now. Thank you.

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MY friend had a malignant esophageal polyp removed after

MY friend had a malignant esophageal polyp removed after collapsing at home and suffering blood loss. He says lymph nodes are clear and blood tests are clear, but more tests are being run because "black spots" showed up on his lungs. Can esophageal cancer spread to lungs, even if the blood and lymph nodes don't show cancer cells present?

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I have just taken (literally) a 150 mg dose of Diflucan for

I have just taken (literally) a 150 mg dose of Diflucan for a yeast infection, but I still have many of the same symptoms of a UTI. I also show positive for "leukocytes" when I take a AZO home test. I travel internationally for work a great deal, and I keep Cipro with me at all times in case I get travelers diarrhea - but I haven't taken any Cipro in a couple of years. When would it be safe to take the Cipro for the possible UTI?JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?Customer: I am a Beach Volleyball referee, and I spoke to the Doctor at the tournament about my Yeast Infection. I had an expired dose of Diflucan and asked her if it would be OK to take a 7 year old prescription. She said not to take the old prescription, and to try a single dose Monistat before I tried the Diflucan. The Monistat didn't help, so she prescribed a fresh Diflucan this afternoon. I haven't mentioned the potential UTI because I'm hoping the Diflucan will help the entire area feel better. I bought the test strips at the pharmacy when I was picking up my Diflucan. I don't have all the traditional symptoms of a UTI - I don't have to pee all the time, and it doesn't burn terribly when I pee - but the area around my clitorus is very painful. And I haven't had any sexual activity in a week or so.JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?Customer: Began having discomfort on Tuesday night, became painful on Wednesday morning. Pain is less when I'm still, and when I keep something cool (bottle of water) between my legs. Would Advil / Tylenol or similar help? What about benadryl?JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?Customer: I have a Mirena IUD (three years now) and haven't had any issues other than irregular periods. I am scheduled to have the IUD removed next month. The breakthrough bleeding is too inconvenient.

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I got a pain on my right side near the back seen to go down

I got a pain on my right side near the back seen to go down to my groin making me want to alot and the pain goes down my legJA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?Customer: No. I put a heating pad on it and it felt good it start after i did legs lift weightJA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?Customer: Not that can think of

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My out door cat bit me this morning on the bottom of my

My out door cat bit me this morning on the bottom of my thumb n wrist area and now there's a red line running up my arm to my shoulder. Should I be concerned? It's stray cat that was once a house cat at one time. He's declawed n friendly!!JA: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?Customer: It started to get sore about 2pm today and I just noticed the red line now getting ready for bedJA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?Customer: No I'm a very healthy 53 year old!

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Love only, This article says that er+ breast cancers have

For Dr. Love only,http://www.medical-hypotheses.com/article/S0306-9877(11)00130-7/pdfThis article says that er+ breast cancers have er+ stem cells. Can I trust it? Do you think AI's work on them? Do you think they have estrogen receptors?

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Story short he was vomiting having chest pain n cold hands

Long story short he was vomiting having chest pain n cold hands went to er room they thought heart attack. Pulse at 40. Gave him nitro ran cat scan, blood test, ekg all came back good except high wbc. Still skeptical they wanted to wait do blood enzyme test 12hrs later for heart attack. Came back good. Ran stress test did good. This is in 24hr period pulse now 55 to 60. New doc looked at cat scan noticed gall bladder infected with stones thus the high wbc. So they gave him Levaquin 750 mg. He took 2 pills over 2 days instant small rash first time 2nd time hives on back so quit taking. Been doing benadryl for 2 days now n tonight his groin, penis and testicles are very red and swollen. Hurting him. I noticed after giggling Levaquin there's mile long of side effects bad bad bad! Anyways what is going on what can we do we are on the road not near doctors. Is it infecting, side effect, something new what? Also what do we do to help?

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