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General blood test reveals AST 85/alt 83. Moderated drinker 1-2 glasses of wine daily. No symptoms.

General blood test reveals AST 85/alt 83. Moderated drinker 1-2 glasses of wine daily. No symptoms.

Heads up: You will probably have the bloodwork repeated off your wine and any medications you don't absolutely need. If still up, you are likely to be checked for hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, immune hepatitis and perhaps a few others. If these are not the cause, you are likely to be screened for the metabolic syndrome and/or urged to resume a fitness-focused lifestyle. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath at rest not anxiety, does not get worse with intense exercise, lung CT and function tests normal, echocardiogram normal, blood nm?

Shortness of breath at rest not anxiety, does not get worse with intense exercise, lung CT and function tests normal, echocardiogram normal, blood nm?

CPET: Talk to your doctor about getting Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET). This will help determine if the cause of shortness of breath is related to heart, lungs or deconditioning. ...Read more

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Can LPR reflux cause shortness of breath on mild activity like bathing playing cooking, xray 2decho pft blood test ECG are normal?

Can LPR reflux cause shortness of breath on mild activity like bathing playing cooking, xray 2decho pft blood test ECG are normal?

Perhaps: If the laryngopharyngeal reflux is causing excessive mucus or buildup in the airway such that it is difficult to move air, then perhaps. Alternatively ways this condition could lead to shortness of breath include excessive coughing which interferes with normal air movement, or postnasal drip leading to asthma. ...Read more

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M, age 52. Blood work shows high GGT of 170 (range 3-95 u/l). All other liver enzymes within normal range. Drink rarely. Any idea why GGT is high?

M, age 52.  Blood work shows high GGT of 170 (range 3-95 u/l). All  other liver enzymes within normal range.  Drink rarely. Any idea why GGT is high?

Probably you: I'm assuming normal alkaline phosphatase & no other sign of focal cholestasis. If you are otherwise well, you are probably one of the people (it's common, maybe 1 in 1000) who has a gene for high ggt. I need to write letters for folks like you from time to time as GGT is used to monitor folks in sobriety programs. If ok with your physician, i'd not give it another thought. ...Read more

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How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

Listerine affects te: Yes, listerine will affect the test reading. Please google the following article, entitled "field sobriety testing: intoxilyzers and listerine antiseptic" published in the july 1985 issue of the police chief (p. 70). ...Read more

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Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Either: Both types of mouthwash are going to have agents in them that will kill bacteria that tend to cause bad breath. If you are aware of halitosis, be sure to brush your tongue well, especially toward the back. This is a common source for bad breath. Also be sure to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist if it has been a while. Mouthwash helps, but often just covers up the real problem. ...Read more

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Does hypoglycemia affect blood alcohol tests? or BAC?

Does hypoglycemia affect blood alcohol tests? or BAC?

No: NO. Hypoglycemia can be associated with severe cirrhosis but this is usually in cases that are near end-stage ...Read more

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Shortness of breath on mild activity like bathing playing cooking, xray 2decho pft blood test ECG are normal? What to do now

Shortness of breath on mild activity like bathing playing cooking, xray 2decho pft blood test ECG are normal? What to do now

?overweight: If you're overweight, begin a program of weight reduction. Regardless, you can build up your stamina with gradually progressive, daily exercise - start with low level walking: 5-10 minutes daily and build up to 30-60 minutes, at least 5 days a week. Over a month, you'll find your breathing improving. ...Read more

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What causes heart palp., dizziness, diff. Breathing while lying down/bending? 30m & no caff.Drugs or alc. Norm holter, blood work & stress test.

What causes heart palp., dizziness, diff. Breathing while lying down/bending? 30m & no caff.Drugs or alc. Norm holter, blood work & stress test.

Multiple reasons: If you are not overweight. There could be multiple reasons. The best way however to diagnose this is to have an event monitor (not a holter) in this way will be able to correlate your complaint with what ever the cause is. Further recommendations will be based on the results. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol to excess lower sperm count? Smoking & drugs too?

Can drinking alcohol to excess lower sperm count? Smoking & drugs too?

Yes to all three: Moderate to heavy alcohol drinking, smoking or chewing tobacco, and drugs including marijuana and opiates, both illegal and prescription painkillers, can all reduce sperm numbers and/or quality. ...Read more

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Slightly elevated BP low cholesterol and glucose. No family history. Smoke, regular alcohol, caffeine. No family history. Will good genes prevail ?

Slightly elevated BP low cholesterol and glucose. No family history. Smoke, regular alcohol, caffeine. No family history. Will good genes prevail ?

Why tempt fate?: Slightly elevated blood pressure does materially increase the work of heart. Losing weight may help. Neither tobacco nor alcohol are doing you any good. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more