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Answered questions from the past 2 years:
What is peripheral vascular disease?
I have read that a positive outlook on life is good for your heart and your overall health. But how can you help yourself be more positive?
Does anxiety increase the risk of heart disease?
Can heart or kidney issues give the bags under eyes? What else might cause them? How do I get rid of those bags?
I have atrial fibrillation. From the results of a transthoracic echocardiogram, my doctor told me my right atrium is moderately dilated; my left severely dilated. What does this mean?
Can coronary bypass surgery cause erectile dysfunction?
What is an emphysematous bleb?
I just got over a chest cold about 3 weeks ago, but I still have a dry cough. How long is normal for the cough to last?
I recently discovered that I have atrial fibrillation. Other than the atrial fibrillation, my EKG, echocardiogram and blood tests are normal. Should I be concerned?
I'm 50 years old and worry about heart disease. My dad and four of his brothers had bypass surgery. I exercise four days a week, take Lipitor daily and have my cholesterol checked every six months.
I have supraventricular tachycardia and have had to go to the emergency room three times as my heart rate raced to 220 beats per minute. My doctor recommends an ablation procedure. What does that do? Are there any other options I could explore?
My cardiologist has me on a low-saturated fat diet because of my high cholesterol. How does that translate into grams for my Daily Recommended value? I calculated that for a 2000 calorie diet...
I weigh 190 pounds. I have a high resting heart rate that goes up to 180 beats per minute -- my maximum limit -- with moderate exercise.
My daughter is 4’7”, and weighs 132 pounds. She also has high blood pressure and reflux. I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar drinks and fried food. Can you suggest any other changes to her eating plan to help?
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
What is a pelvic phlebolith?
My CRP was 4 in April and rose to 5 in June. My most recent LDL cholesterol was 125 mg/dL. What can I do to lower my CRP?
I am a 60-year-old man. Lately I have been experiencing pain that starts on the lower jaw and goes up the side of my face towards the temple and then to the head. The pain is severe and lasts for about five minutes.
My doctor says I have venous insufficiency. What does that mean?
My doctor told me that adding an exercise regimen that kept my heart rate accelerated 30-40 minutes almost every day would be good for me.
I have high blood pressure. I am taking pills to reduce the pressure and they keep it pretty well under control during the day. However, I wake up in the morning with much higher pressure.
I check my own blood pressure. Until recently, my blood pressure stayed around 135/75. About two weeks ago, it suddenly shot up to 188/90. My doctor increased the doses of my blood pressure pills. But my systolic pressure is still around 170. Why would...
My wife has shortness of breath and sweats when she walks fast or gets anxious. Because she doesn’t get chest pain, she doesn’t think it’s her heart.
I am a runner. I have bruising on my legs after running. This only happens when I am racing, not during my everyday runs. Could this be caused by poor circulation? I've been running for 10 years and I’ve never experienced this until a few months ago.
My 81-year-old husband has been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm that’s 4.8 centimeters wide. His doctors say there’s a magic number at which surgery is done, but I’m questioning why they can’t do something sooner. My husband is generally in...
I’m 72. My doctor told me my heart is growing. He says there is no cure. Do you know of anything to reverse or slow down the growing heart?
I get mail promoting the great benefits of chelation therapy. The claim is that it removes calcium and other metals from the walls of arteries.
When I visit my doctor, my readings are always high at first. The doctor has me relax for about 10 minutes and the repeat is at the top of normal (140/90 or close to it). Do I have hypertension that needs to be treated?
At 78 years old, I am in pretty good shape. A couple of years ago, an echocardiogram showed a small leak in my mitral valve. A year later, a follow-up test showed some leakage in my tricuspid valve.
Can chest X-rays dislodge or damage cardiac stents in any way?
I am a 52-year-old man with a family history of heart disease. My doctor says my blood pressure and cholesterol are great. My latest LDL cholesterol was 98 and my HDL was 45.
What home blood test is used to monitor warfarin dose? Is it a simple capillary blood clot test? Or a more complicated prothrombin time procedure which calls for equipment and expertise?
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