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Are There Age Restrictions For An Angiogram Test
No: An angiogram is a minimally invasive examination of the blood vessesl used to make a diagnosis or treat a problem diagnosed by prior noninvasive studies. It can be performed on any age as long as there are indication and the risks of the procedure outweigh any the risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Typically: Routine colonoscopy, facilitated by intravenous sedation to minimize discomfort, does not require preop testing in healthy individuals. However, for people with chronic medical issues, who are advancing in age, taking prescribed medications or are dealing with acute medical problems any number of lab tests may be ordered to assure your safety; cbc, chemistries, liver function tests, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: None that I am aware of.Get a more detailed answer ›
The stress test that my dad took revealed possible blocked arteries. Are there any minimumally invasive procedures available to confirm this?
Procedures: We have many different forms of tests which can be done if appropriate. If your Dad has no symptoms, he may not need a lot of further testing. Discuss with your Dad's doctor. ...Read more
No: No age limit. It depends on your other health issues and your activity level. I've seen 90 year old women get bypasses. ...Read more
Not aware of any: But with advancing age, the response to the skin test may be falsely negative. There are newer tests available which work by assessing the lymphocytes capacity to respond to antigenic stimulation by a component of the tubercle bacillus, but whether this differs in age groups I do not know. ...Read more
After two miscarriages is there any tests that could be done or any treatment for future pregnancies ?
Yes: Many times there is no cause found for repeated miscarriages, but sometimes there is. After two miscarriages, it is time to do some of those tests for unusual causes. ...Read more
Are there any reliable tests for celiac disease that can be performed while on a gluten free diet?
Genetic test: The only testing that can be done on a gluten free diet is the genetic test. People with particular hla types are at higher risk for celiac disease. Screening for risk can be done on a gluten free diet, however, with a risk result, celiac cannot be diagnosed without the positive biopsy or positive antibody test. However, then your doctor could decide if further testing with gluten diet indicate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there an age when the pap test is not necessary? The mammogram? I am seventy one and wondered if there is an age when these tests are no longer necessary.
Besides 30 pack year history, what are other reasons to recomend CT scan for lung cancer screening? Is this the most accurate predictor of risk?
Yes: Currently smoking history is best predictor of risk for smoking associated lung cancers, other known predictors are presence of COPD and prior personal history of lung cancer and significant exposure to aerosolized asbestos. Talk with your PCP if concerned, a case for screening can be made for individuals based on unique combinations of risk factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the success rate for the "firm" procedure for atrial fibrillation and are there any additional risks having it done over a normal ablation
Alternate technique: My understanding is that FIRM (focal impulse and rotor modulation) ablation is, perhaps, a more advanced ablation system using a very sophisticated catheter that, purportedly, maps locations/rotors that seemingly could trigger & sustain AF. Success up to 80% in controlling AF for 2 years is reported, better than with standard ablation. Risks should be similar. Careful case selection is important! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there warning signs for an aortic aneurysm? Any ways to prevent one? Is there an exam that shows if you are susceptible to one?
Perhaps: Positive family history, marfans or connective tissue disease, hypertension, smoking, no absolute predictors, but good accurate exams and imaging are available. Aneurysm can affect any part of the aorta - chest, abdomen pelvis and any named vessel! so full history and exams are relevant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there karyotyping like genetic level tests to confirm if a couple is compatible & will certainly have healthy children if they plan for pregnency?
Not really: There are no guarantees of compatibility or healthy children. The best thing to do is make sure that you and your partner are healthy and get early prenatal care if she becomes pregnant. If she intends to get pregnant, have her start taking a Folic Acid supplement (found in many vitamins) before she conceives. ...Read more
Are you saying an IgE of zero means imunodeficiency? Are there any additional testing recommendations.
Are allergic tests for cats definitive? Will the test be done for all for major allergens known in cats?
Depends: There are two materials used for cat allergy testing - hair & skin. Both contain the major cat allergen. Cat skin contains other allergens - especially cat Albumin - not present in cat hair - that sometimes cause allergic symptoms. So if you were tested only with cat hair perhaps you could be retested with cat skin (aka cat epidermal or cat dander). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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