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Dr. Ali Valika

Cardiology
Elmhurst, IL
20 years experience male

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A 27-year-old female asked:
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Limited: Life expectancy is limited for anyone with poor heart function and dialysis, though treatment often is just management of fluid status with hemodialys... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Get evaluated: You need to be evaluated if you are having symptomatic tachycardia that is not resolving.
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Arteriolar dilator: Best data on acei as first line therapy, which is a predominant arteriolar vasodilator, though has some venous effects as well. Second line agents su... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
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Normal: Some people can normalize, depending on appropriate therapy.
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Not defined: No defined data on optimal hr. We know that lower heart rates over time provide a correlation to longer life span and decreased cv events.
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Multiple causes: One would need a full detailed history and exam to identify the multiple causes of shortness of breath, rangingfrom metabolic disorders, pulmonary con... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Non-specific: Ecg can be non-specific. A blood test called a bnp level can help differentiate heart failure versus other conditions that may cause shortness of bre... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
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Yes: As a center participating in parachute trial, if u have evidence of certain areas of the heart that have been infarcted, i.E, dead tissue causing aneu... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Depends on reason for exercise. Aerobic work out usually best at 70-80% of age predicted target hr (220-age), with intermittent increase to anaerobic... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Bad: Troponin t elevation usually means that underlying myocardial cell damage has occurred. This should be taken into the clinical context of what has ha... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, c... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Lifestyle change: Best thing is to avoid it in the first place, but limiting to a 2gm sodium diet, limiting fluid intake, and watching your blood pressure very closely ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Diuretics: Right sided hf is a challenge if in isolation. The most common cause is left heart failure, for which treatment is established. However, we dont ful... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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No: Decreased heart rate variability can cause a delay in having your heart rate come down after exercise or stressful situations, but if it is episodic a... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
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Need cardiac testing: A sensation of heart pumping is a common finding that usually is a benign process. However, any association with hest pain, left arm pain and elevated... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Depends: For a new diagnosis of heart failure, with normal arteries, one has to assess the heart function after 3-9 months of therapy prior to deciding on the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Sometimes u cant: "heart burn" typically occurs after meals, worse in supine position, described as a "burning", "gnawing symptom that is associated with dyspepsia symp... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Elevated pressures: Secondary pulmonary hypertension is often a manifestation of left heart disease, as the pulmonary veins drain into the left atrium. When the left atr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Symptomatic arrhythm: Symptomatic arrhythmia, including vt, afib, aflutter, or even svt.
A 50-year-old member asked:
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Multiple: Most common: coronary artery disease. Others: viral illness, drugs/ toxins, infiltrative disorders, hyper and hypothyroid, tachycardia, , and many mo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Several: 1. Shortness of breath with activity 2. Lower extremity edema / fluid retention 3. Weight gain secondary to #2 4. Sleeping on several pillows or u... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Treatment somewhat depends on severity of co-morbid conditions, and severity and degree of heart failure. If he has advanced heart failure stages, th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Evaluation by cardio: She needs to be evaluated completely by a cardiologist, with an echocardiogram as the first step, and laboratory data and exam. Depending upon the re... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Not sure: Not sure if you are referring to self induced protracted inspirtory efforts, or just normal deep breathing exercises. Usually would not be sufficient... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Exercise: Exercise training usually the first line approach, in particular, interval training shown to lower the resting heart rate.
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Evaluate: Best to have your child evaluated if having ongoing dyspnea symptoms.. Not usual for children to have this.
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Multiple: Rf include: 1. Hypertension: control salt intake, exercise, and meds if needed. 2. Smoking: strong risk factor, avoid at all costs. 3. Diabetes: we... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
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Angina: Coronary spasm can lead to symptoms of angina, and an anginal equivalent can be that of shortness of breath.
A 37-year-old female asked:
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Ideally should avoid: Cardiomyopathy in pregnancy is a difficult situation, because often times the mother requires medications to maintain a stable status, that may be ter... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
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Increase ppi: You can increase the dose of Lansoprazole for a few days , and even go twice daily for maximum effect. However, this needs to be done in conjunction ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Survival is directly related to a patients functional status or exercise capacity. Onceon optimal therapy, if a patient remains asymptomatic and has ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Multifactorial: Could be due to several reasons, but best evaluated by your physician soon to ensure that nothing is missed.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Yes: It is the gold standard test to detect a cardiomyopathy.
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BNP level: It is iften difficult to determine how much of patient's shortness of breath is related to infection or pneumonia versus that of fluid and heart failu... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Depends on factors: Suriival in heart failure is most directly related to functional status, and dependent upon the patient's exercise capabilities following a diagnosis ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Left heart failure will affect the lungs. Right heart failure affects the systemic vaculature and causes ascites, abdominal distention, and lower ex... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Sudden cardiac death: Sudden cardiac death can occur due to an arrhythmia if one has a weakened heart muscle. That is why evaluation for defibrillators are always done fo ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Depends on cause. If prior heart attack, then chances of complete recovery of dead tissue is very unlikely. If no prior CAD or mi, then chances of r... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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CAD risk factors: Most common form is ischemic, and therefore people with underlying risk factors for heart attacks and cad. Otherwise, there are several patients who ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
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Yes: White coat HTN has been confirmed as a reality, and very common finding on patients. You can qualify for 24 ambulatory home BP monitoring if you want... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Lifestyle change: One needs to change the way they eat. Fluid restriction usually to less than 2liters of 64 ounces, sodium restriction to less than 2gm, which means e... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Chemotherapy drugs: There are some chemotherapy drugs that have cardiotoxic potential, such as adriamycin (doxorubicin) and anthracycline derivatives, which may cause car... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Depends: There are no definitive surgical options for pulmonary hypertension. There are several option fors pulmonary vasodilator therapies , and if one is ca... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Unlikely : Unlikely heart failure if recent echo "completely" normal, though sometimes diastolic function is either missed or not appropriately interpreted on ec... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Very low: Unless you have a familial predisposition, i.e., familial cardiomyopathy, or come across a viral syndrome at an early age with a virus that has a pre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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It can be: Weight loss can reflect appropriate dietary changes, salt reduction, and colirc reduction that may be beneficial if part of one's heart failure status... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Stress: Most often related to stress and catecholamine changes, but also with changes in your accessory intercostal muscle use with disturbed respiration duri... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
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Pulmonary vasodilate: To acutely dilate pulmonary vasculature.
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Excellent question: Stunned usually refers to reduced ejection fraction in the setting of normal perfusion, i.e., takotsubo, stress induced cmp, which usually recover rap... Read More

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Dr. Valika is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Valika is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

university of illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2001MD

Awards

Top Cardiologist , First Place, Illinois - Summer
2013
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