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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Valvular Heart Disease
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I'm 60 yr old male, good health, no meds, avg weight. I have have been experiencing an intermittent pulsating at top of sternum/ bottom of throat
Doctor :   Ok
User :   past three days
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed this?
Doctor :   Do you have chest pain?
User :   no
Doctor :   Are you having breathing difficulty?
User :   no
User :   no other noticable symptoms
Doctor :   Do you have history of hypertension?
User :   no
Doctor :   Are these pulsations regular and are they constantly present?
User :   normal bp is 125/80
Doctor :   Do you have palpitations?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are the pulsations regular?
User :   no
User :   they are intermittent at top of sternum
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Since, I cannot perform a cardiac examination, I cannot pinpoint what the cause is.
Doctor :   However, based on your descriptions,
Doctor :   the pulsations are probably aortic pulsations.
Doctor :   Such pulsations are not commonly seen unless
Doctor :   there is aortic vessel problems or high cardiac output.
User :   I do have a cardiologist that I saw six months ago. I had a full check and was given a clean bill of health
Doctor :   Stress factor such as anxiety leading to palpitations causing increased in the heart rate can also get transmitted to the aorta causing this pulsations.
User :   that sounds like it
User :   i am definitely stressed
Doctor :   Cardiac causes such as high out put state, aortic malformations(aneurysms) can be dangerous.
Doctor :   Hence, I suggest you to consult a doctor/cardiologist for a physical examination.
Doctor :   You may need a repeat cardiac evaluation/EKG.
Doctor :   In the mean time, destressing means
Doctor :   such as adequate sleep, regular diet, mild physical exercise are essential.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes, tk you. I'll take care of it this week
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   not now, tks
User :   bibi
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
Doctor :   Wish you good health!!
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