My daughter-in-law is 26 and 5 months pregnant. They just discovered that her heart is on the right side of her body. The only complaint she has is of feeling exhausted. How will this affect her and the baby? Will she have a normal life expectancy? Your daughter-in-law now has a new and unique ability armed with this knowledge. She can drive young doctors and nurses to distraction as they search the wrong side of her chest for a heart beat. Dextrocardia (right sided heart) is uncommon, but not really that rare. It comes in several different variations: a heart that is twisted toward the right and not totally "right sided", a heart that is totally right sided alone, or is associated with reversed abdominal organs (we call this "situs inversus": in such a case the stomach is on the right instead of the left while the liver is on the left instead of the right). If abdominal organs are reversed, appendix and gall bladder are too, so the patient can be expected to ...
Congestive heart failure - right-sided
Follow your health care provider's recommendations for treating conditions that may cause congestive heart failure . Follow dietary guidelines -- in particular, reduce salty foods and avoid adding salt to meals -- stop smoking, and cut alcohol use.
Definition Left heart ventricular angiography is a procedure to look at the left side of the heart and, sometimes, the coronary arteries. Alternative Names Angiography - left heart; Left ventriculography How the test is performed Before the test, you will be given medicine to help you relax. You will be awake and able to follow instructions during the test. An intravenous line is placed in your arm. The health care provider cleans and numbs an area on your arm or groin. A cardiologist makes a small cut in the area, and inserts a thin flexible tube (catheter) into an artery. Using x-rays as a guide, the doctor carefully moves the thin tube (catheter) into your heart. When the tube is in place, dye is injected through it. The dye flows through the blood vessels, making them easier to see. X-rays are taken as the dye moves through the blood vessels. These x-ray pictures create a "movie" of the left ventricle as it contracts rhythmically. The procedure may last from 1 to several hours. How to prep...
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