A few changes in your diet can help control and reduce cholesterol and improve your heart health. Include food that is free of saturated and trans fats, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and whey protein, like oily fish, kidney beans, oatmeal, vegetables, fruits, and flaxseeds.
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Why do I have breathlessness while walking?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a normal healthy individual with a sedentary lifestyle. I weigh 147 pounds and my height is 5'4" feet. I experience some breathlessness when I walk. Hence, I want to understand if there is something wrong with me. My annual medical checkup (over the last three years) shows my chol... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would like to know about your diet. Do you have any allergies? Do you smoke? My suggestion would be to reduce saturated fats and trans fats intake in your diet. I suggest you start taki... Read Full »
What are the ways to get rid of high cholesterol?
Query: Hi sir, I am a 30-year-old male. I am working in an insurance company. No habit of smoking or drinking. My height is 5 feet 10 inches, and weight is 185 lbs. I have been getting left-sided chest pain for two years. I also have left-sided shoulder pain that radiates into the upper back and left hand ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your query I understood your concern. Epigastric pain radiating to back and shoulders should be evaluated for gastric discomforts like gastritis and cholecystitis which is very common in deranged lipid profile. I believe this is due to hyperlipidemia. Your lipid p... Read Full »
I have done my annual blood test recently. Kindly advise.
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 5.10 feet male, who weighs 65 kg, and I am attaching my annual blood reports. Please give me the necessary medical advice. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are not clear. Please attach clear reports along with current or past medications, history of previous illness, and current complaints. Thank you. Read Full »
Can avocado lower cholesterol?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old, and my cholesterol report shows as LDL 180 mg/dL. My friend says avocado helps improve HDL, and it does not increase LDL, as it has monounsaturated fat. I am confused. Is avocado good for cholesterol? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is good cholesterol—the higher the HDL, the better the health. Whereas LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is bad cholesterol. The lower the LDL, the better the health. Avocado, though a high-fat food, reduces LDL and raises HDL. So, it is... Read Full »
Should I take medicines for increased triglyceride level in the blood?
Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I got a lipid profile done, and the triglycerides level was 207 mg/dL, apart from that everything was normal. As it was a festival season, I had a lot of drinks and food for three days before the blood test. My doctor told me to take Razel (Rosuvastatin) tablets for 3 to 4 mo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will try to explain in detail about the lipid profile. Triglyceride levels in the lipid profile depend on the fasting status. If the blood sample is taken in fasting, the upper limit is 200 mg/dL. But the value changes with the food taken by you. In your case, ther... Read Full »
How can I get relief from heartburn and bloating?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old suffering from anxiety disorder, and I took some related medicines for a few years and still take Mirtazapine. I have weight issues from a couple of years. I do blood examinations regularly, which come back normal. Lately, I am having problems with heartburn. I had ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the symptoms are related to bowel disturbance. This is multiple issue disorder, as you are presenting with pain, excessive burping, and heartburn. And you also have constipation. This is called IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). All the symptoms are interrelated. See if... Read Full »
Do my blood reports suggest I am anemic?
Query: Hi doctor, I have got a blood test done. Please find the attached reports. Please let me know if I need to take any specific medicine. When I searched on the internet, I found that I may be anemic. Please reply. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports attached here (attachment removed to protect patient identity). High TIBC (total iron binding capacity) indicates low iron in the body. Low transferrin saturation again indicates low iron and so does the low mean corpuscle volume. I suggest you tab... Read Full »
Based on my thyroid level, do I need medicine?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old male. My weight is 92 kg and height is 5'9". I got tested for cholesterol and thyroid today. I am attaching my report for your reference. I want to know whether I am suffering from hypothyroidism or any other thyroid disorder. Do I need to start any medication for thyro... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is slightly high. It means that you are having a thyroid problem (hypothyroidism). But, the value is not very high enough to start any medications for that. Just repeat your thyroid test after three months and revert back with the re... Read Full »
What are the possible side effects of high cholesterol medicine?
Query: Hi doctor, My cholesterol and triglyceride levels are elevated. But, they were the same in my previous checkup reports too. I am a bit reluctant to take medication because of the side effects. My father has both cardiac and diabetic issues. I am doing exercise regularly and my intake of sugar is als... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your vitamin D levels, thyroid levels and HbA1c are quite good. Regarding your high cholesterol, it may be due to hereditary and food related. You have a high risk of coronary artery disease as you have a positive family history and high cholesterol. Do regular exer... Read Full »
Please explain the odd in my chest x-ray and liver scan report.
Query: Hi doctor, I am done with my chest x-ray. But, I am worried and I do not want to wait a week for my doctor's opinion. So, I have attached it. Please convey your opinion. Thanks. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your chest x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The lung fields are clear. There is no abnormal fluid collection in the chest cavity. The heart and rib cage are also normal. In conclusion, your chest x-ray is normal as visualized. However, ... Read Full »