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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Add additional agent: 40 mg is the maximum recommended dose of lisinopril. Talk to your doctor about adding a second medicine for blood pressure control.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Stethoscopes: they are both types of stethoscopes, which are the instruments health care providers use to listen to the heart and lungs.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Diet and exercise: There are several non-statin medications that can improve cholesterol numbers, but the majority of evidence suggests that statins are the only agents that actually prevent things like heart attacks and strokes. The most beneficial thing that you can do is to live a healthy lifestyle-healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise, and not smoking.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Possible arrhythmia: It could be the sign of an abnormal heart rhythm. I would suggest that you talk with your physician about this and consider wearing a continuous heart monitor for a day or two.
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Less than 100: a number of trials have been done looking at the ideal heart rate control for atrial fibrillation, and the data suggests anywhere between 80-110 as the ideal resting heart rate. It is ok to be a little lower or a little higher, but heart rates that are not well controlled for long periods of time, particularly if they are too high, can cause symptoms and have adverse effects on the heart.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Depends: The standard "warranty period" for a normal nuclear stress test is about 2 years. With that in mind, it is not recommended to order repeat stress tests after someone has a normal test, unless you are having symptoms that are concerning for possible heart disease.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Yes. : Those are measurements of your heart's wall thickness. Your values are completely normal.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Unlikely: Unless you have multiple health problems, it is unlikely that you have "poor circulation" at the age of 20. It would be helpful to know more of your symptoms; you should talk with your primary care doctor about you concerns.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Not related. : It is highly unlikely that the fish oil is related to your pain. It is also unlikely that fish oil will improve your symptoms.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Palpitations: It sounds like you have symptomatic palpitations, often times caused by premature atrial or ventricular contractions (pacs and pvcs). It is important to confirm this diagnosis by wearing a cardiac monitor, often called a holter monitor. You should contact your physician to discuss more.
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