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At what level of o2 is it important for me to go to the hospital if I have copd?

At what level of o2 is it important for me to go to the hospital if I have copd?

clinical symptoms: Worsening signs and symptoms extremely short of breath, using accessory muscles of respiration, wheezing, smothering sensation in the chest, rapid respirations, or very shallow braething. These are more important than o2 saturation. Less than 88% is generally considered low in a COPD patient. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Hi, for a cancer patient that is about at 3rd level going to 4th level, he is always in pain, and what are the foods that can consume?

Hi, for a cancer patient that is about at 3rd level going to 4th level,  he is always in pain, and what are the foods that can consume?

Depend: Generally anything they like, talk to your oncologist, make sure. Blood count is ok if patient on chemotherapy. Kidney and liver is ok, because if organ problems then diet changes. Eating healthy diet is important , add more veggies fruits. Can always add food suppments such as.Boost ensure with high protein. ...Read more

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Is a prolactin level of 48 bad? and what level should it be at for pregnancy to occur? how long should it take to come down?

Is a prolactin level of 48 bad? and what level should it be at for pregnancy to occur? how long should it take to come down?

Depends: A prolactin of 48 is high, but it may or may not be affecting fertility. Is your testosterone level normal? Have you had a semen analysis. Cabergoline is an effective medication to lower prolactin. It is important to find out why the prolactin is high. Have you had an MRI or CT scan of your pituitary? ...Read more

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What is the heart doctor going to do if I get weak sometimes in heat at 92 (on lisinopril only)?

What is the heart doctor going to do if I get weak sometimes in heat at 92 (on lisinopril only)?

Minimize the heat: At 92 and only on one pill is a great accomplishment of your health. As we get older, the ability to cope with environmental changes decreases; excessive heat/cold can bring trouble. The most effective treatment is to avoid excessive heat and keep yourself well hydrated. Dehydration and excess heat can bring on heat stroke rather quickly at 92. So always take precaution whenever you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if one has stroke on the left side of the body, is it possible for her to walk again. Secondly?

Can you tell me if one has stroke on the left side of the body, is it possible for her to walk again. Secondly?

Yes, can happen: Do not despair, as post-stroke rehab can be rather amazing. Pt and ot can provide loads of success, and bracing systems, walkers, canadian crutches, meds, tincture of time will all be useful. ...Read more

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What tests do I need to take to determine the cause of laryngitis? My voice has been hoarse for a few weeks and is not improving. If i go to the doctor to get it checked out, what type of doctor should I see and what kind tests do they perform? .

What tests do I need to take to determine the cause of laryngitis? My voice has been hoarse for a few weeks and is not improving. If i go to the doctor to get it checked out, what type of doctor should I see and what kind tests do they perform?

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Longstanding : Longstanding hoarseness is a concerning warning sign, particularly if you smoke. This condition is best evaluated by an ENT physician, though you may have to see your personal physician first to get a referral. Typically a physical examination will be done and most likely a direct visualization of your throat will be done using a small endoscope. You should have this evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I know the T-score for osteoporosis is -2.5 but what is the lowest level recorded does it go to -7 or more I am worried incase mine gets any worse.

I know the T-score for osteoporosis is -2.5 but what is the lowest level recorded does it go to -7 or more I am worried incase mine gets any worse.

Osteoporosis: The t-score is not a measurement of actual bone density. It is a statistical comparison of how your bone density compares to normal females. The dexa scan will measure actual bone density and this can be tracked if necessary. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband has triglyceride level of 370 at age 31 what is a reason and how to control it being vegetarian?

What do you suggest if my husband has triglyceride level of 370 at age 31 what is a reason and how to control it being vegetarian?

Other issues?: If he has diabetes, he needs better sugar control. If he drinks alcohol, he should stop. Recheck the level fasting. If it's remaining elevated on a vegetarian diet, with the other factors in check, it's likely genetic. There are meds that will lower it, but a comprehensive risk assessment is necessary to see if he should commit to lifetime drug treatment at his tender age. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm just wondering how long it will take for me to get into ketosis at this rate and what are some signs that I am in ketosis?

What to do if i'm just wondering how long it will take for me to get into ketosis at this rate and what are some signs that I am in ketosis?

Several days: There are urine based (less accurate) and blood based (more accurate but expensive) options. Peter Attia, MD, author of "Eating Academy" blog and partners with Gary Taubes (author of the must read Why We Get Fat) recommends the Precision Ultra from Abbott for the blood based ketone measure. BTNX makes a good urine ketone strip I'v used but there are many options. Both available on amazon ...Read more

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I am in the late stages of cancer and want to know if it is safe for me to live with a cat if I am allergic to them?

I am in the late stages of cancer and want to know if it is safe for me to live with a cat if I am allergic to them?

Yes it is safe: There is no effect on your cancer. If you are allergic to cats and live with them you will have allergy symptoms. You will need to take antihistamines; over the counter allergy medications. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's a gynecologist for men if so what goes on at the checkups?

Help! need to know if there's a gynecologist for men if so what goes on at the checkups?

Urologist...: Men see Urologists instead of gynecologists. It is recommended that men with an average risk of prostate cancer start being screened with a digital rectal exam and PSA blood levels at age 50. Some men with higher risk should start at age 40. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Splenectomy in june.Told when sick if i had a fever to immediately go to the dr. How high of a temp and why is it so important to go immediately?

Splenectomy in june.Told when sick if i had a fever to immediately go to the dr. How high of a temp and why is it so important to go immediately?

No spleen: You need a lower threshold to see a dr because persons without a spleen are more predisposed to certain bacterial infections ( particularly encapsulated ones). Most say a temperature over 100.4f is worthy of a check over by your dr or an urgent care--next time you see him/her, clarify. Also, be sure you got your pneumonia shot (probably before hospital discharge). ...Read more

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I wanted to know is chronic hepatitis b something you will have for the rest of your life?

I wanted to know is chronic hepatitis b something you will have for the rest of your life?

Hep B recovery: The course of hepatitis B may be extremely variable. Hepatitis B virus infection has different clinical manifestations and outcomes depending on the patient’s age at infection and immune status, and the stage at which the disease is recognized. Approximately 2% of people with chronic infection recover. ...Read more

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What happens if i go to the sleep study and nothing is diagnosed?

What happens if i go to the sleep study and nothing is diagnosed?

It depends.: There are two possible conclusions, either: 1) You do not have a sleep disorder (at least, not one that can be detected by a sleep study), or 2) You do have a detectable sleep disorder but this one test did not find it. It is possible for a single night in a sleep lab to miss a sleep disorder (night-to-night variation, sleeping in a strange place, etc.) If the suspicion level is high, repeat it. ...Read more

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What is a good way to check if I have heart disease without having to go to the doctor's?

What is a good way to check if I have heart disease without having to go to the doctor's?

Information: Persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, swelling of the ankles. Having to sleep on several pillows at night to help the breathing, extra heart beats. Sudden rapid heart rate, frequent skipped heart beats. Family history of heart disease. Unfortunately nothing is specific. If you think you have heart disease then see your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens during a testical ultrasound. I'm due to have one soon but want to find out about it. What do I wear. Who will be in the room?

What happens during a testical ultrasound. I'm due to have one soon but want to find out about it. What do I wear. Who will be in the room?

Here are some ...: Scrotal US is performed by trained technician - male or female inside a special suite equipped with modern ultrasound unit so to visualize, supplement & complement what detailed Hx + physical exam can not do to assure. So, the procedure would not hurt and just wear loose causal pants for easy dropping it, but you will be well covered and cared with professionalism and courtesy. Good luck ... ...Read more

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If a baby temp is 100.1 is that too high do I need to go to the hospital?

If a baby temp is 100.1 is that too high do I need to go to the hospital?

Temp in baby: Depends on how old is the baby how the baby is responding feeding whether lethargic or tired. If in doubt please take the baby to the hospital right away. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mother has ischemia and I want to know what the best medical treatment for this and is it reversible?

What do you suggest if my mother has ischemia and I want to know what the best medical treatment for this and is it reversible?

See below: It's not generally reversible without an intervention (either percutaneously or with surgery). The best medical treatment consists of : aspirin, beta blocker, statin, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. Correction of anemia, hypoxia, and not smoking. If angina persists, a nitrate and/or ranolazine can be added. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more