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Questions tagged [cardiology]

The study of the physiology and pathology of the heart and the cardiovascular system.

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Why is the heart not in the middle of the body?

All mammals that I can think of have a high degree of bilateral symmetry (In fact, almost every animal I can think of is like this). So why is the human heart not exactly in the middle of the body? ...
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Extremely rare occurence of Heart cancer?

The occurrence of Heart cancer (similar, but not the same as Rhabdomyosarcoma) is extremely rare, about 1 per year according to MayoClinic. The reason for this rarity is explained to be the post-...
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What is the speed of blood?

The speed of blood may vary from one place to another and may be quite low in the tiniest vessels compared to the biggest one. What is the speed of blood while exiting a normal human heart?
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Why does the face turn pale in dangerous situations?

I know what the effects are of a dangerous situation on the brain, i.e., an activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis which eventually results in an increased heart rate and elevated ...
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How is the blood volume of a living organism measured without killing it?

How is the blood-volume of an organism measured without killing it? Note:The blood-volume of an organism is defined as the total volume of blood present inside that organism.
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How did the cardiovascular system evolve?

How has evolution created our blood, lungs and the heart? We can't exist without blood, which transports the oxygen to all areas of our body. However, the blood needs a lung, which gives it the ...
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Why is the heart adversely impacted by chronic psychological stress, yet it benefits from routine physical exercise?

Chronic psychological stress is commonly said to be deleterious to the heart, and predispose one to cardiovascular disease. Yet the opposite is said about regular aerobic exercise. Physiologically, ...
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Is there any relationship between heartbeat rate and life span of an animal?

Is there any relationship between heartbeat rate and life span of an animal? Do they belong to a cause-and-effect relationship or are they both caused by some phenomenons or a common cause?
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What is the cause that angina pectoris is felt in your left arm?

When someone has heart problems sometimes they feel pain in their left arm. But why is the left arm painful?
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Effect of Aging on SA node's sympathetic fibers

I am trying to understand the effect of aging on the sympathetic fibers of SA node. I know that aging shifts the vagal curve to left in frequency due to aging. However, I am interested if aging has ...
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Will the heart keep beating if it's separated from the body?

The heart is a vital organ in our body, as it drives blood circulation. I was wondering if a heart keeps beating if it is separated from the body? If yes, then why?
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What does irregular heartbeat mean in simple language?

I bought a blood pressure monitor (A&D UA-851) which has the option to measure irregular heartbeat. I do understand what 'irregular' means, but why do irregular heartbeats happen and what are it'...
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How does sodium in one's diet affect blood pressure?

Due to high blood pressure, my doctor has recommended I go on a low-sodium diet. So, that got me wondering what it is about sodium that drives this recommendation? What does sodium do to a body that,...
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ECG wave names origin

Why do electrocardiogram waves go P, Q, R, S, T and not like A, B, C, D? Is there any specific reason behind this?
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Why is the human body able to repair a broken bone and not a heart muscle?

The human body can repair skin/organ laceration, fractures, even repair nerves - albeit the duration and rate of recovery differ. Why can the heart muscles not repair themselves?
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Why does the heart use lipids (and not glucose)?

Fetal hearts use glucose as their primary metabolic substrate. Adult hearts use free fatty acids, which are less efficient (require more $O_2$ to synthesize the same amount of ATP); however, during ...
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Why do people say that trans fatty acids are bad for your health?

I've heard from several sources that trans FAs are bad for you and their consumption will lead to cardiac problems, and that they are indigestible. But I also learned from biochemistry that they are ...
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Does arterial blood always flow away from the heart?

Is there a negative net flow of blood in human arteries at any point of the cardiac cycle? I realise that blood flow can be turbulent, e.g. in the aorta or around stenotic arteries, but then the ...
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Why is blood pressure higher the more distal an artery is?

Why is blood pressure generally higher in more distal arteries?
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How quickly can the human heart rate rise and fall?

How quickly can the human heart rate rise and lower? For example lets say a human heart rate is rested and is at 60BPM and that person is suddenly scared to trigger their fight or flight reaction. ...
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Why is defibrillation in asystole (“flat line”) useless?

In most popular medical dramas, when a patient has a cardiac arrest and "flatlines" the doctors many times use a defibrillator to "shock the heart back into rhythm'. I know that actually, the proper ...
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How to analyse an ECG?

I have a project about extracting features from a homemade ECG. I need the PQRST points from the signal of the heart beat. The ECG I'm using has 3 electrodes that attach to the chest. The problem is ...
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Why don't we see turbulence in the aorta even in normal situations?

I read about the Windkessel effect. Then I read about pulse pressure waves getting reflected from the periphery. If the pulse pressure wave is reflected during diastole and at the same time blood is ...
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Can humans live without their right atrium?

The right atrium is one of four chambers (two atria and two ventricles) in the hearts of mammals (including humans) and archosaurs (which include birds and crocodilians). It receives deoxygenated ...
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Can defibrillation be done with a car battery?

Can successful defibrillation be done with a car battery? Is it POSSIBLE for this to work? Let's say you are stuck on a very remote place and something happens to someone... Moreover, can you jump ...
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Is the amount of blood that flows through every vein and artery per minute really a constant?

I was listening lectures from Mark Saltzman via Open Yale Courses. Now, if I did not understand him wrong, he said that the amount of blood that travels through every vein and artery in our bodies per ...
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Does the Heart Require Gold?

I distinctly remember an episode of NOVA from the early 1980’s that concerned itself with gold. One of the points that was made was that there are trace amounts of gold in the human body, ...
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Heart rate vs body size

It is known that large animals have lower heart rates (beats per minute) than small animals. Is it the same situation in humans? That is: if we have a group women, about the same age and fitness, ...
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What effect does ambient temperature have on the cardiovascular system?

I am sorry if this is not appropriate for this site, but I think it fits so I am asking it here: I went for a run yesterday, and it was about -8⁰C. I was wearing a couple pairs of shorts, a t-shirt ...
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What is the effect of extra-cellular potassium concentration on heart rate and conduction velocity?

If the extracellular potassium concentration surrounding a myocyte increases, then the potassium gradient accross the cell membrane decreases, and therefore the resting membrane potential will become ...
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When to measure resting heart rate and blood pressure for following day-to-day trend?

I'd like monitor my resting heart rate and blood pressure to see how they are affected by regular cardiovascular training and other events in life. When should I take the measurements in order to ...
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Why does max heart rate decrease with age?

I have heard that max heart rate declines steadily with age, and can be approximated by the equation Max Rate = 220 - Age. What is the physiological reason for this decline, and how is it ...
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Is a raised baseline between T and QRS normal in any ECG lead?

Here are excerpts from an unknown ECG lead. I find it weird that the "baseline" changes after the T wave and doesn't return until after the following QRS complex. Is that normal/expected for any lead? ...
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How does Bernoulli’s Principle apply to the cardiovascular system?

Below are graphs which illustrate the cross-sectional area, velocity, and fluid pressure through each vascular segment of the cardiovascular system. It makes sense that velocity and cross-sectional ...
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Normal ECG/EKG Measurement?

I'm getting started using ECG using a 3 lead system by iWorx. I have place the leads on my two wrists and the ground on my ankle and have recorded some data into the provided LabScribe 3 software ...
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How can heart disease cause dizziness after eating?

I have been reading several articles explaining dizziness after eating (see here and here), and both articles gloss over something that I found pretty remarkable. Both articles claim that "heart ...
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How does vasoconstriction/vasodilation change blood pressure?

Background: I am coming at this question from an electrical engineering background, and I feel like I am missing certain assumptions that are going into the statement found in my physiology textbook, "...
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What is a lethal dose of THC?

With the oil form of THC being stronger then ever. What would happen if one was to take a stomach full of THC oil?
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What’s the reason for isovolumic contraction and isovolumic relaxation?

During cardiac cycle, there are two periods in which the heart volume doesn’t change, but there is a change in tension/pressure. It takes about 0.25-0.35 second to achieve this change. I searched in ...
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How does strength of a pulse related to EKG(ECG)?

There are variabilities in the heart rate as well as strength of heartbeats. I want to know if one can predict which heartbeat will be strong or weak based on the corresponding EKG/ECG signal. I am ...
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When endothelial cells in blood vessels (arteries or veins) are damaged, does atheroma form first or blood clot?

I have learnt from Khan Academy's video on atheresclerosis that when the endothelial cells of an artery are damaged, atheroma forms at the site, and if the atheroma’s fibrous cap is ruptured, ...
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How can heart disease cause excessive sweating?

According to google: What can cause sudden sweating? Excessive Sweating. A person with excessive sweating has a condition called hyperhidrosis. ... In adults, the most common cause of ...
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Calling for Free Online Data for Paediatric ECG?

I need free online data about heart murmurs to study these: heart murmur frequency , S2 heart sound frequency and its split, murmur timing, and duration, murmur intensity, S3 sound presence and ...
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Is hands-only CPR as effective as traditional CPR?

Is hands-only CPR as effective as traditional CPR ? Wouldn't 30 chest compressions + 2 rescue breaths be more effective if the person doesn't have a pulse AND not breathing? From my understanding (...
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What would life expectancy be in the western world in the absence of Ischemic heart disease?

In 2012, the leading cause of death was Ischemic Heart Disease. In 1st world countries, what is the life expectancy for people who do not die of Ischemic Heart Disease? I'm interested in the USA, ...
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intravenous (IV) in the tail vein of an anaesthetized mouse

I trained myself to do intravenous injection on live mice. However, on anaesthetized mice you don't see the flux of your product showing that your injection was successful. In the same way, on live ...
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Why does the apex of the human heart usually point to the left?

In the majority of human beings, the apex of the heart (left ventricle) points towards the left side of the body. Sometimes however (approx. 1/12000 births), a person is born with a condition known ...
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Are ectopic beats considered sinus rhythm for pNN50 purposes?

One quantification of the heart rate variability of an ECG is pNNx, i.e. the proportion of consecutive NN distances that differ by at least 50 ms. When a premature beat occurs, the preceding and ...
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How can a heart of human work if one of its valve is not working?

Yesterday I went to a hospital and heard a doctor say that one of the heart valves of a patient is not working. However, the patient was still alive and was healthy; the patient could walk and talk ...
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Evolutionary explanation of the bicuspid on the left and tricuspid on the right

The left heart handles more pressure and logically it would make sens to have a valve with three leafs on the left (If I had got to choose, I'd have put three on both sides). Other than being more ...