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Does A Heart Condition Limit Your Life Expectancy

What is the life expectancy for someone with asd heart disease?

Nowadays, for someone with an asymptomatic (no symptoms) ASD, their life expectancy is normal.

People with repaired ASDs also have a normal life expectancy. it is only those people with large, unrepaired ASDs who can expect to be disabled or dead by their 60s (or thereabouts) -- most of those premature deaths and disability will be caused by complications associated with their ASD such as strokes, heart failure, fatal arrythmias etc.

Congestive Heart Failure / Dialysis - Life Expectancy - is dialysis worth it?

Unfortunately, no one of sound mind can have treatment forced upon them, and some people choose not to pursue or continue with dialysis, if they feel that they have already lived a long and fulfilled life. However, this decision should be a well informed decision made by your father in consultation with his family and renal health care team. Palliative care would be available to ease the pain, if he chose not to pursue dialysis. Usually renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation), is started once kidney function drops to 15%, which is based upon how well metabolic wastes are removed from the blood. A person with renal failure (eng-stage renal disease) can pass in as little as a week or two without dialysis. It is hard to be specific, as each individuals case would be different, so a nephrologist would have all the information available to best make such a determination.

Your father should have a renal social worker available. You may want to talk to that person and/or have them talk to your father.

For dialysis, one really has to be a willing participant. As a patient is there on their own choosing, willing to make a commitment with lifestyle changes. If your Father has put on 30 lbs of water weight that can be removed through successive treatments, but he is going to have to limit his fluid intake. Removing lots of fluid at each dialysis session can be quite painful/uncomfortable for some people.

What would life expectancy be with Mitral Stenosis?

My mother has Mitral Stenosis, her heart was damaged by Rheumatic Fever as a child. Surgery is out of the question, there are no medicines that will help her, in her case. She has a pace-maker and defibulator, I need to know what to expect and I would like to know how much time she may have left. I know that noone knows how long anyone has to live. I dont feel like she has told me everything her Dr. has told her, I would really like to know or have an idea of what to expect ? please help !

Do chemists have a shorter life expectancy than average?

Many of the chemicals we work with in chemistry lab are toxic, flammable, radioactive, carcinogenic, explosive, etc. So they may increase your chances of developing cancer (and even heart disease or liver disease, etc) and may shorten your life. That is a fact.

To reduce that risk, we wear PPE (personal protective equipment) to stay below certain exposure limits, we develop respect for chemicals and take appropriate care with them.

As to the limits, we have established certain risk factors associated with life. We've established that exposure > 1ppm benzene for 8 hours, in the lab, for example, may increase you cancer risk significantly over other environment exposures (like exposure to sunlight) so we develop PPE and procedures to limit exposure to less than the TWA or PEL or STEL limits.

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The point your instructor is trying to make is this. You need to learn to respect the chemicals and apparatus you're working with. They are dangerous. Safety should be your number one priority in labs.

Why is the life expectancy of a heart transplant recipient 10 years?

Excellent question. First, I want to emphasize, I am not a medical doctor, so I have no training here -- I'm just someone who won the heart lottery.Through to about 2009, the "half-life" of transplants was about 10 years. This means that half of those who had transplants died within 10 years after their transplant, and about half survived. The transplant surgery itself is a major insult to the body -- being sawn in half in a literal pain. My surgery was 9 months ago, and my sternum is still recovering. Also, the events that led up to the transplant can do a lot of damage. I suffered chronic cardiac failure, as my heart was unable to supply enough oxygen and nutrients to my other organs after my heart attack. My kidneys took a big hit, and that can allow a buildup of toxins in my entire body.However, I'm delighted to say that in recent years, there has been a lot of developments in keeping transplant patients healthy. As traumatic as it is, the transplant is the "easy" part. Doctors know how to cut and stitch tissue, and have been doing so for a long time. However, after-transplant treatment has been slow. The doctors put a foreign object into a body, and the natural response of the body is to attack it. The true obstacle to successful transplants it to keep the immune system in check, while still giving it the ability to fight off infection. It is a very precarious balancing act, requiring lots of drugs and blood tests. The doctors seem to have conquered this balancing act in the last decade or two. That means that survival rates have been increasing, but it takes years for the average to inch up. Already there are people who have lasted more than 30 years, and I predict that they could live 50 years or more. The Stanford Medical Center Adult Transplant Team has been leaders in this, and I'm pleased and humbled to say that they take of me, and they are doing a great job at it. I'm 52 now, so another 50 years is unlikely (my children might push me into traffic before that). However, I think that 30 years is quite realistic -- and that would be the average lifespan for someone my age. Thanks for your question.

Does height affect life span?

Yes. Tall people DO have shorter lives, in general, because, for instance, the heart has to work harder for so many years to get that blood moving against gravity. All that work can only build up a muscle so much.Charles Atlas and Muhammed Ali could only build up their bodies so far, despite working continuously. They might have been huge compared to you, and certainly were compared to me, but they had reached a limit and could not get bigger.The heart is also a muscle, working 24/7 to pump blood around. It would have to work harder to pump around a tall person than a short person, and, like any other muscle, it would get tired after a while.My description of the heart is only one reason tall people tend to die sooner. Others include various chemical productions for the blood supply and the cube-to-square ratio, but I don’t have time to describe those.

Question about a heart disease?

I need to know if there is a heart disease that fits the items I list:
1) Is noticeable at birth or very young age.
2) Makes someone become eligible for a heart transplant.
3) Makes it to wear they can live, but it's very hard to breath and run and they still have a short life expectancy unless they get a heart transplant.
4) Would require you to take a lot of medication.

If there is a heart disease like this, please inform me. I'm writing a book and I would like to know if I can base it around this. If you do know of one, please give me a link to a site that will inform me of more. Thank you.

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