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Suffering from acid reflux disease after Angioplasty - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have had recoarctation and had a stent in my aortic valve. This week however I have been experiencing what feels like bubbling around my heart area. is this mitral stenois?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi there
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   Yes I am a female aged 4
User :   40
Doctor :   when was this procedure done ?
User :   in 2001
User :   I had an MRI done in Dec 08
User :   so i have the report here
Doctor :   and since how long have you been having the said symptoms ?
User :   the last 5 days
Doctor :   was the MRI report ok?
User :   essentially yes. It said there was no significant regurgitation or stenosis on cine of mitral valve. 2 chamber views suggests bowing or anterior leaflet in systole but no definite prolapse demonstrated
Doctor :   ok thats good
User :   the RV is apex forming but not dlated or hypertrophied. normal long and short axist function of both ventricles
Doctor :   any palpitations ?
Doctor :   this bubbling sensations you are talking about .. are they constant ?
User :   a bit yes but infrequent. the bubbling is more active at night when i am lying down
User :   although i sneezed today and they started
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you have another medical problem?
User :   no
Doctor :   and is this the first time you have been having these symptoms ?
User :   this frequently definitely yes. i have experienced perhaps a bubble but really infrequently. this is the first time that i am experiencing them daily now, more so at night in bed
Doctor :   and how is your diet ?
User :   well this week i have been eating a lot less and have cut out bread and potatoes. i have eaten way less than normal this week as am conscious i have put on weight.
User :   saying that i am 5ft 6 and weigh 9st 9
Doctor :   ok now let me tell you what is the protocol you need to follow
Doctor :   first you need to get an EKG done as thats the gold standard
Doctor :   and if thats normal then you will be on an prescription antacids for 2 weeks
User :   what are antacids and what do they do
Doctor :   the bubbling sensations can be due to acid reflux . esp from your symptoms
Doctor :   antacids are medications that are the medications to prevent it
User :   what is acid reflux and how do you get this
Doctor :   but since you have already had a procedure done so the FIRST test would be a EKG
User :   you mean ecg?
User :   could it be mitral stenosis or mitral regurgitation?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   EKG and echocardiogram are same medical term
Doctor :   and it will tell us the right cause
User :   but it could be mitral stenosis?
Doctor :   the chances are less thats why i have recomened you an ECG as that will only tell us
User :   i had a procedure recently (3 weeks ago). They gave me an ECG because they wanted to check i would be ok for an anaesthetic. It came up abnormal but when they checked my last ECG it matched. I do have abnormal ECGs but i am told this is normal for someone with a stent
Doctor :   that is a possibility
Doctor :   so do one thing
Doctor :   take PRILOSEC 20 MG
Doctor :   one a day
Doctor :   for 14 days
Doctor :   you can get it from youe local pharmacy
Doctor :   your**
Doctor :   you should find relief in a 2 -3 days
User :   what is acid reflux then?
Doctor :   Acid Reflux occurs when the tube that you uses to intake the food from the throat to stomach is not strong enough to handle the acid. The food intaken by you is digested by the stomach with the help of an acid produced and stored by it. The stomach walls are built strong enough to store that acid without causing damage.
Doctor :   For unknown reasons when acid flows back into the oesophagus from stomach it creates heartburn, which is widely considered the first symptom of acid reflux or GERD.
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