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Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a noninvasive test used to measure the electrical activity of your heart. It helps the doctor understand how well your heart is functioning. It records the heart's rhythm and activity, which is graphed using a moving strip of paper.

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I frequently awaken at night. Is it due to anxiety and depression?

Query: Hello doctor, A little over two years ago, I experienced some stress in my life that resulted in a high level of anxiety and depression. I was prescribed Paxil and took it for one year. At the time, I was also taking Diovan and Atenolol for hypertension, Pantoprazole for reflux, and Simvastatin for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you currently have hypertension? When you wake up early morning, do you have hot flashes or night sweats? Do you have headaches with these episodes? Have you checked your thyroid level recently? Any palpitations felt? If yes, have you had an EKG (Electrocardiogram) t...  Read Full »

I get palpitations often. Should I take Disprin for prophylaxis?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 62 year old female. I get palpitations quite often. My blood pressure remains 130/90 with Telma 20 mg and Nebicard 2.5 mg. Also, some friends told me to take Disprin 2.8 mg for prophylaxis. Please advise if I need to take Dispirin or anything else.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your blood pressure is fairly controlled. I suggest you continue both the medicines. Please do an ECG (electrocardiogram) when you are getting palpitations. I suggest you take calcium and vitamin D3 tablets and Meconeuron OD (Methylcobalamin) once a day for three mon...  Read Full »

What is the cause for occasional, irritating, and mild left-sided chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain on the left side of my chest from the last 2 to 3 days. I am not sure, but it seems a muscular pain because whenever I am moving my neck in a particular way or when I press my collar bone, the pain is more. I have a clerical job, and I have to sit a lot in front of the la...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the history and facts, it appears to be a non-cardiac pain. Also, you had similar pain in the past, and it was non-cardiac, so I think there is no need to worry. Also, the cardiac pain will not worsen on movements or application of pressure, so in all probabil...  Read Full »

I am experiencing shortness of breath and a rapid heartbeat. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have already visited the emergency department, and they are going to fit me with a heart monitor for 48 hours. I went there due to shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and some chest sensations but no real pain, and I seemed to have more gas than usual. While these symptoms are still...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello,Welcome to are two possibilities here: one is gastritis, acidity, and reflux disease due to Isotretinoin, and the other is cardiac arrhythmia like SVT (supraventricular tachycardia), as you are also experiencing palpitations and a fast heart rate. Gastritis and reflux can als...  Read Full »

My grandmother has severe chest pain. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is 68 years old. She has a habit of drinking almost every evening, but not too much. For the past three days, she has had this acute pain in her back area right below her shoulders and has spread to the front of her chest. She has lost appetite and has not eaten much in the...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A raised white blood count indicates the possibility of infection, while pain in the chest may indicate involvement of the lungs or heart. To determine the cause of her symptoms, I recommend conducting a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram (EKG) to rule out any lung or ...  Read Full »

Will quitting alcohol and cigarettes improve my blood tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity).The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythropoietin is...  Read Full »

My EKG test interpreted sinus tachycardia. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old female. Yesterday, I had an EKG for chest pain. My doctor said that my heart is great although my EKG automated interpretation was abnormal. It read sinus tachycardia with 111 beats per minute and non-specific ST depression, non-diagnostic for this age.  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand you are worried. Please do not worry. Sinus tachycardia is just fast heart rate, and yours is just slightly elevated. Probably, you were a little anxious during the time of the examination. ST and T changes are often seen in normal healthy patients. ...  Read Full »

I underwent a 2D echo test. Please review my reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I have thickened tip of mitral valve leaflet with prolapse of the mitral valve leaflet to the left atrium during systole producing moderate mitral regurgitation with an EF of 34% and left atrial enlargement. There are normal coronary artery sizes. There is normal pulmonary artery press...  Read Full »

Dr. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your echo (echocardiogram) report is showing that you have rheumatic heart disease with involvement of mitral valve. There is a leak in mitral valve termed as mitral regurgitation. ...  Read Full »

What are the reasons for tightness in the chest, especially in the morning?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old. I love caffeine, smoke weed every day, exercise a couple of times a week. I am not under any specific diet. There is tightness in my chest, mainly in the morning. It feels like my heart is swollen. Nothing really makes it better, and it does seem to fade as the day goes...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tightness in the chest can be due to many causes such as asthma, smoking, musculoskeletal pain, gastric upset, and heart issues. Heart issues at a young age are uncommon. Do you have asthma, wheezing, chest or muscular pain, or any other disease? To be on the safer s...  Read Full »

Can I take bronchodilator for chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My problem is that I have pain in my left lung . Firstly, I will let you know the history. I cannot play any of the sports properly due to the pain. If I work hard such as playing football, running, etc., it will lead to a great pain . And, I cannot even properly cough and it never go aw...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Important here is that only pain is not a symptom of lung allergy or asthma. If that is associated with shortness of breath while doing any physical activity, then it is a sign of asthma. I wouldrecommend a clinical examination in such case. If y...  Read Full »

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