Atherosclerosis

When the blood vessels that supply the heart gets narrowed by the buildup of a fatty substance called plaque, it is called atherosclerosis. High levels of triglycerides, aging, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, diabetes, and hypertension can increase the risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis can result in symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, tiredness.

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Why are fingertips extremely painful, especially while lying down and in cold weather conditions?

Query: Hi doctor, My fingertips feel like there are broken glasses in them, and it is getting worse. When I lay down, it is extremely painful, and if the weather is cold, it becomes unbearable. I work in construction, so this makes it impossible to work.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand how worrisome this situation is for you. It seems the blood vessels in your fingertips are not working well. Due to lack of blood supply, it is painful. Small nerve endings in fingertips may also get involved, making it worse. Please consult your primary...  Read Full »

Why is my resting heart rate above 100?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. My resting heart rate is above 100. What is the reason?  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have worked through your query and understand your health issues. I assure you not worry as you have consulted the appropriate expert physician who will take care of all of your medical concerns. The reasons for tachycardia are as follows. Thyroid disease. Poor bl...  Read Full »

What is causing the shooting pain in my legs?

Query: Hi doctor, Sometimes I get a weird shooting or stabbing pain in my legs. I do not get pain simultaneously in two legs but it can either be the left or right one. It usually last for a second and or last for ten seconds maximum.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a weird shooting or stabbing type of pain in your legs, alternatively for 10 seconds occasionally. Such type of sharp shooting or stabbing pain in the l...  Read Full »

Can you answer the questions on endocrinology for research purposes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am doing research on diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. I have already interviewed couple of psychiatrists and now would like to focus on asking some questions to endocrinologists. My questions are: 1) “In thyroid disorders mainly in hyperthyroidism a paranoid syn...  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) Yes, paranoid syndrome is frequently seen in association with patients having hyperthyroidism, reason being distractive over activity, anxiety, emotional instability, exaggerated insensitivity to noise, fluctuating depression and other unexplained medical symptoms. ...  Read Full »

Kindly give your opinion on my brother's stabbing type of pain in his chest region.

Query: Hello doctor, My brother has been having mild stabbing pain in the chest region for 20 days now. The pain is constant, and sometimes the intensity is powerful, as if the heart was so heavy that it would fall. Because of so much pain, he asked me to take him to the emergency room. In the end, afte...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have seen his reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Calcium buildup in the arteries can lead to atherosclerosis. This, in turn, can predispose him to a heart attack. The level of his triglycerides and cholesterol, along with his weight, put...  Read Full »

Does mild atherosclerosis cause sharp chest pain with purple foot in an SVT patient?

Query: Hi doctor,Can you please tell me the significance of mild atherosclerotic vascular calcification on CT scan aorta or retroperitoneum? I am only 38-year-old. I have normal BP and lipid panel. I am not overweight do not smoke or drink. Sometimes get sharp chest pain and purple feet independent positio...  Read Full »


Dr. Yermal Tanmai Deelip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query of chest CT (computed tomography) scan. Please upload the CT scan report. I need to know some more details about your chest pain. 1) Where is the exact location of your chest pain? 2) How long does it exist? 3) Is it on exertion or walk...  Read Full »

Do atherosclerotic calcifications cause leg pain and blue feet in a dependent position?

Query: Hi doctor,I have SVT. I have been having back pain and leg pain. I have a previous history of GERD and premature ovarian failure. I got CBC and CMP done. Can you tell me what mild atherosclerotic vascular calcification in CT scan means and if it is dangerous? Kindly guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Aorta is the largest artery in the body. It gets atherosclerotic changes over the lifetime of a person. Some have fast, and some have a slow process of atherosclerosis. Mild atherosclerotic changes are not dangerous. Every person has these changes. Some have more, some ...  Read Full »

Does sudden shortness of breath indicate an underlying heart attack?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is suffering from anterolateral ischemia and atherosclerosis of the thoracic aorta. I have attached the reports kindly comment.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. The patient has a moderately reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (40%). Aortic and mitral valve thickening and calcification are age-related, and it is considered a normal age-related finding. Regarding reduced ejection fraction, the pa...  Read Full »

I am hearing music in my head. What to do?

Query: Before you get bored with my lengthy question – the end is ‘I had a stroke’; no one can tell me if this is related. About 5 months ago I started hearing music in my head (I’m almost 70 and this has never happened); it started as just music, not even a particular song but mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello! Welcome on icliniq! I read carefully your question and would explain that the music could be related to a temporal lobe dysfunction, probably due to low blood flow in this area. You should know that chronic narrowing of blood vessels in the brain (due to atherosclerosis) can lead to brai...  Read Full »

What is the possible diagnosis of symptoms such as lightheadedness, chest pain and shortness of breath?

Query: Hello doctor, A 56-year-old patient went to his physician for evaluation of recurrent episodes of lightheadedness, chest pain, and shortness of breath with exertion. One week earlier, he experienced an episode of syncope while walking up the stairs of his house. Vitals: Heart rate - 116 bpm, BP ...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did he lose consciousness while walking upstairs? Is he a diabetic? His cholesterol report seems abnormal, along with hypertension and uncontrolled blood pressure. His color Doppler report showing aortic stenosis. Possible diagnosis is age-related atherosclerosis with ...  Read Full »

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