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Cardio Risk Panel
Yes and no: The following dietary rules reduce risk: eat fruits and vegetables 3-5 servings per day. Fiber 14 g/day. Avoid trans ( as low as possible) and saturated ( no more than 10% total calories) fats. One to two servings of oily fish/wk - or equivalent in fish oil or omega 3. 1-2 drinks alcohol per day. If you have high BP dietary restrictions on sodium are important. ...Read more
How exactly does exercise relieve stress and tension? Any particular form (cardio, yoga, etc.) best or is it a matter of personal preference?
Endorphin release: Exercise is good for the mind and the body. It helps condition the heart, the muscles, improves blood flow, improves oxygenation, etc. For the mind, it helps due to the natural release of endorphins that make you feel good, increase energy. What type depends on what you like to do and the consistency of doing it. Combination of things usually work for most b/c it prevents boredom. ...Read more
Depends: Certainly possible.Easy to determine.See your doctor for proper evaluation and diagnosis.Particularly if you have excessive fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain or exercise intolerance.Also family history of cv problems is a predicting factor.In addition to current fitness, weight, and other medical problems you may have. ...Read more
Much: In the 1970's, using the chemical ("metabolic") profiler for screening was "controversial." today it's cheap and is the usual way in which we pick up several common treatable diseases before symptoms occur -- the hepatitis family, alcoholic / lifestyle / medication-induced liver injury, wilson's, hemochromatosis, parathyroid disease, blood lipid problems. The key is interpreting it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Noticing extreme increase in visual body fat. Hardly eating, 45 min cardio, work all day, healthy when I do eat. Not basing this off of a scale. Help!
Decrease carbs: Most people are surprised at how few calories are actually needed to maintain a healthy weight, even with exercise. There are a number of free apps for your phone that can help you understand how little you actually need to eat. Also a lot of people eat things they think are healthy, but are actually full of sugar, like granola bars, fruit juice and flavored yogurts. Become a label reader. ...Read more
If propranolol works for my SVT, would Sectral (acebutolol) also be a good choice if doctor wants me to switch to Cardio-Selective?
Yes: Yes, both are beta-blockers and work well for that. ...Read more
Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate? Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.
Various ways: Count your pulse immediately after that exercise for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 for the end of exercise heart rate in beats per minute . Measure again in 1 minute and the rate should be at least 12 beats per minute less. In 2 minutes it should be at least 22 beats per minute less. The faster the heart rate goes down the better. Overheating and dehydration may keep pulse elevated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early morning cardio on empty stomach for overall fat loss has been working for me but I have read conflicting reports. Safe to continue or no? Risks?
If no med issues: There is a lot of medical mythology about diet programs. If this regimen works for you, then use it. The only consistent fact is that you have to burn more calories than you take in. The bottom line is---it works! If you have underlying medical problem that you are aware of, you should discuss them with your physician ...Read more
Complete cardio work up normal results. Occasional PVC/PAC. R they dangerous? They feel strong sometimes and I get so scared? Usually when relaxing.
I'm 6 weeks along. I went inside a house today for 5-7 mins and there was a terrible toxic smell from floor refinishing done yesterday. Am I at risk?
If Out quickly.. : I think that since you were only in there a very short time, you are *probably* not at any risk at this time, especially if you didn't have any abnormal symptoms afterwards. I would definitely try to avoid such situations in the future. If you do develop odd symptoms in the next few days, see your doctor right away. ...Read more
What is MERS, is it deadly, is in USA, am I at risk, is there a treatment, are they working on one.HELP AAAAHHHHH?
Mid East coronavirus: MERS=Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is caused a new form of coronavirus - 1 of the viruses that cause the common cold. This new virus seems to target the lungs, & not just the sinuses and throat. It can kill (esp elderly, babies, & those w/ lung problems like asthma), but like most viruses, it runs it's course in 7-10 days. They r working on treatments & vaccines but no outbreaks in the US yet ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I walk 5 to 8 miles per day at my job. Understanding that my HR is not in the cardio zone by mere walking, is there any cardio benefits?
Yes, but...: It is definitely more beneficial for your to have a job that is active rather than sedentary; however, you wouldn't want to count this as your exercise routine. Fit some truly aerobic (elevated HR/break a sweat) and strength training into you life for significant health benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!
See below: As with most tests, you would initially want something with a high sensitivity and then high specificity. So you could do a confirmatory test or another related test to support your original hypothesis, depending on your predictive value (based on the clinical evidence & current literature). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CBC: When you get a CBC (complete blood count), the white cells, red cells, platelets and many parameters of cell size, shape, and volume are reported. In addition, all of the many differant kinds of white cells are reported. In the old days, a human being peered into a microscope and counted them one at a time. Nowadays a machine does this automatically - hence an "auto diff". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers