Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Various factors, such as the overall health, lifestyle, family history, and age, can determine your risk of cardiovascular or heart disease. The health conditions that increase this risk are high blood pressure, unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, obesity, and diabetes.

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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 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 an enlarged left atrium increase the risk of cardiovascular disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I visited my cardiologist five days ago, and I was diagnosed with an enlarged left atrium. The doctor said it was due to high blood pressure, low potassium, and sleep apnea. I was prescribed Diltiazem, Potassium, and Magnesium along with lifestyle changes. On that same day, I decide...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to hope you are doing good.I read your complaints and reviewed your echocardiogram report (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity).Enlarged left atrium (LA) can cause arrhythmias which gives you the feel of palpitations. The cause of LA enlargement could be ...  Read Full »

Please suggest some ways to control high blood cholesterol levels.

Query: Hello doctor, My parents got a health checkup done. I have attached their reports. My father is taking tablet Stamlo Beta and tablet Roseday 5 mg daily for a few years, and my mother is taking tablet Telista and tablet Thyronorm 50 mcg. Kindly confirm whether everything is fine in their reports. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Sir, I have gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), and everything is normal except slightly elevated bilirubin. This deviation is not that alarming to cause anything ...  Read Full »

My mother gets chest symptoms while walking fast. Is there any problem with her ECG?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 56 years old and weighs around 58 kg. She is having chest symptoms while walking fast and also has a cold. Her heartbeat is also little high. I got her ECG done, can you please tell if anything is wrong with the ECG?  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the ECG result attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is normal without changes. Her heart rate is also normal, and normal heart rate is 60 to 90 bpm. When you say chest symptom, do you mean chest pain? Is it accompanied b...  Read Full »

Is Rosuvastatin recommended in patients with prediabetes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old male with a height of 5.8 feet and a weight of 137 lbs. I have high cholesterol level of about 2237 mg/dL, LDL value of 170 mg/dL, HbA1c - 5.9 %, and bilirubin - 1.5 mg/dL. I have a family history of heart disease. My father died of a heart attack 22 years ago. I co...  Read Full »

Dr. Ahmad Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you are prediabetic, you need strict control of your cholesterol level. I would suggest restarting tablet Rosuvastatin 10 mg for at least one month, as it will lower down your cholesterol level. For further follow-ups, do laboratory tests and consult your doctor.  Read Full »

Is it good to avoid oral contraceptive pills after 40 years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question. Estrogen shows cardioprotective effect before menopause. But, it increases the risk of CVS diseases if taken in oral contraceptive pills. And, they say that oral contraceptive pills should be avoided after 40 years because of CVS complications. I am not getting it....  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Natural estrogen is cardioprotective as it increases the level of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and decreases the level of LDL (low-density lipoprotein). Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is believed to be the initiator of atherosclerosis. Estradiol and other estrogens are...  Read Full »

Cardiovascular diseased patients take animal products in their diet. Is it good?

Query: Why don't physicians and HCPs recommend plant-based diets for patients with cardiovascular diseases or GI issues? Animal products are not healthy. Most research studies state that dairy and meat are good for health (strong bones, etc.) produced by dairy industry. Yes, animal products are subsidized ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Infact the perfect diet is called balanced nutrition. Also, only diet is not enough for prevention of heart diseases; exercise, stress reduction and sometimes medicines are also necessary. Its not meat that is harmful. Its saturated and trans fats that are harmful. Moreover, recent studies show th...  Read Full »

Why was I prescribed Simvastatin?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 55 year old female. My HDL is 70, LDL 207, cholesterol 288, AST 35, MPV 4.5 and monocyte auto 1.4. All my other readings in my health check are normal. My doctor has prescribed 10 mg of Simvastatin. I do not know whether I should take it or not after I read the side effects. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Manish N Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The reason for Simvastatin is your high LDL cholesterol level (low-density lipoprotein). This will help you. For further doubts consult a cardiologist online -->  Read Full »

Should one worry about heart attack at the age of 32?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife had an echo, stress test, and several EKGs and a 30-day event monitor done about three and a half years ago. She still gets a slight pain in the chest area from time to time. Her grandparents were the only ones that had any heart trouble. She also has extreme health anxiety abou...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unfortunately, I got no clues on what were the results of those cardiac investigations. If possible, can you please elaborate a little bit on what was the outcome of those hearts tests you mentioned earlier? If I assume there was not much they found abnormal in the ...  Read Full »

Please explain the changes seen in my routine blood test.

Query: Hello doctor, I have done my routine checkup and blood test. My reports show some variation in the normal range, especially in CBC, hs-CRP, vitamin D and TSH. The night before the blood test, I met with an accident and my upper skin has been ruptured. Somewhere, I read that hs-CRP may significantly...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to That was a very impressive and extensive list of investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Why do you feel anxious about having heart disease? Do you have chest pain or palpitations or shortness of breath? Do you have any family history of sudde...  Read Full »

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