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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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32 hypochondriac/anxiety worried about heart attack. adopted, no fam histry, latest lipid; HDL 30, LDL 74, total 164, ratio 5.4, tricly 277, stress test normal. about 20lbs overweight. Any real risk? Thanks!

32 hypochondriac/anxiety worried about heart attack. adopted, no fam histry, latest lipid; HDL 30, LDL 74, total 164, ratio 5.4, tricly 277,  stress test normal. about 20lbs overweight. Any real risk? Thanks!

Some risk: Aside from family history the biggest risk factors are male age 45 or over(female 55 or over), smoking cigarettes, hypertension and HDL less than 40. Your low HDL and elevated triglycerides suggests that you need to reduce your weight and increase exercise: this will help to raise HDL and reduce tryglycerides. Follow a Mediterranean type diet: go to http://bit.ly/1FMQO4d ...Read more

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Chances of CAD in a 28 year old with no family history..Dont smoke or drink..Tad bit overweight.Normal ekg, echo, stress test and blood work?

Chances of CAD in a 28 year old with no family history..Dont smoke or drink..Tad bit overweight.Normal ekg, echo, stress test and blood work?

Very low: From the information you provided you are at low risk, however, you are obviously under the care of a doctor and you should discuss the issue with him/her. Losing weight would be a good idea. ...Read more

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I am a 26 year old woman, overweight and don't smoke. 4 mths. ago I developed this almost constant dull ache in the left side of my chest w sporadic shootting pains and burning. EKG, x-ray, blood, stress test, & mini echo were fine. Troponin i < 0.02?

I am a 26 year old woman, overweight and don't smoke. 4 mths. ago I developed this almost constant dull ache in the left side of my chest w sporadic shootting pains and burning. EKG, x-ray, blood, stress test, & mini echo were fine. Troponin i < 0.02?

Unlikely cardiac: At your age the protest probability is very low that your pain is cardiac. Minor troponin elevations can occur for multiple reasons. Getting a full work up looking for non cardiac causes is advisable especially if symptoms are persistent. ...Read more

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Im 21,active, and 10 pounds overweight. I recently had an EKG, heart enzymes, chest xray, and stress test. All good. Safe to rule out a heart problem?

Im 21,active, and 10 pounds overweight. I recently had an EKG, heart enzymes, chest xray, and stress test. All good. Safe to rule out a heart problem?

Partly...: You can rule out significant coronary artery disease; however, if you still have symptoms (for which you had all these tests), ask your doctor to send you to a cardiologist who will carefully take your H&P and possibly order other tests, such as Holter monitoring, electrophysiology studies, echocardiogram, and others as clinically indicated by his examination. ...Read more

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How accurate is a EKG, blood, and a stress test to rule out heart issues or angina? I'm 26, overweight, healthy but worry my gerd chest pains is my heart. My troponin I levels were < 0.02. My bp is sometimes elevated and heartrate goes down to 53bpm.

How accurate is a EKG, blood, and a stress test to rule out heart issues or angina? I'm 26, overweight, healthy but worry my gerd chest pains is my heart. My troponin I levels were < 0.02. My bp is sometimes elevated and heartrate goes down to 53bpm.

Highly accurate: The combination of those 3 being negative, in your age category are reassuring and make the chance of a fatal cardiac condition being under 10% and likely less than that. A lower heartrate is not a bad thing. I would recommend weight loss and increased diet and exercise. ...Read more

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I'm 26, female, overweight, non-smoker. I have been having dull, achy left chest pain w some burning. Burning throat, sore, cough, blocked sinuses, and frequent BM's. No heartburn. EKG, blood, X-ray, and stress test normal. Vit. D, mag, and iron low.

See your doc.: These are combined symptoms and suggestive of about two things. The first is viral and may last a little longer than usual. The chest pain may well be pleurisy or related to the viral illness. The low vit d, mag and FE may be related to diet. Have the doc comment on weight loss and how to treat the other problems In the long run you should be fine. ...Read more

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I have had every test done on my heart except a stress test and a heart cath i'm still having chest pain.. I am a 27 yr old female I smoke, overwight?

I have had every test done on my heart except a stress test and a heart cath i'm still having chest pain.. I am a 27 yr old female I smoke, overwight?

Chest Wall Syndrome: Your case the the exact reason why our healthcare is the most expensive. Your doctors overlooked the simplest, most common but most confusion. Plain ole tender ribs and rib margins. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more