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What causes a heart rate of 119 and can it be lowered? 60 year old man who has had a previous heart attack, is overweight, diabetic.

What causes a heart rate of 119 and can it be lowered? 60 year old man who has had a previous heart attack, is overweight, diabetic.

Yes: Your heart rate can and should be lowered. It may be also necessary for your doctor to make sure your heart rhythm is also normal. Most of the hr treatments will also take care of the BP presuure problem. ...Read more

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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Why are overweight people more prone to heart attacks?

Why are overweight people more prone to heart attacks?

Not the overweight: It is not the overweight per say that increases the risk for heart attack but the other factors like sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and may be other bad habits associated and resulted in overweight and obesity. ...Read more

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How common is for a 5'9 21 year old overweight male and don't exercise to have a heart attack?

How common is for a 5'9 21 year old overweight male and don't exercise to have a heart attack?

Very Unusual: It would be very unsual. Excercise, along with refraining from smoking and a balanced diet would help you long term. Calculate your risk here: http://cvdrisk.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/. ...Read more

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If i eat jack in the box once a week will i become overweight? And FET heart attacks? Im 21 male

If i eat jack in the box once a week will i become overweight? And FET heart attacks? Im 21 male

Possibly: Eating nutrition-poor, high-fat, high-carbohydrate, processed foods like fast food will increase your risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, etc. It's not an immediate thing. It builds up over years. Better options include your local grocery stores, fresh soups, and simple meals prepared the night before. ...Read more

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I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

It might be: Pain from angina (reversible ischemia) or a heart attack (irreversible ischemia) can present in different ways in different people. It is usually felt in the midline of the chest or back, but can also be felt in the left jaw, both jaws or the left arm but not typically on the left lateral chest. Pain or pressure in the chest that is brought on by activity should be checked out. ...Read more

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My father had a heart attack last week. Does this put me at a higher risk of heart attack myself? I am also overweight and over eat. Don't smoke?

My father had a heart attack last week. Does this put me at a higher risk of heart attack myself? I am also overweight and over eat. Don't smoke?

Maybe later: Predisposition for heart attack is hereditary. You are 28yo and female and that gives you certain protection now. However, because you do not want to have heart disease later in life, it is never to late to start doing right, like eating healthy and appropriately and start exercising to be in better shape, loose weight and delay or completely avoid a heart attack. Get clearance by your md. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pains in my heart.Im overweight and have family history of strokes and heart attacks.Is this anything I should worry about.Thank?

I have sharp stabbing pains in my heart.Im overweight and have family history of strokes and heart attacks.Is this anything I should worry about.Thank?

See your doctor: Given your history of being overweight and having high blood pressure, you should see your doctor to make certain that you are not having cardiac ischemia. Anytime that a patient complains of chest pain, it should be evaluated to make certain that it is not a heart attack. There are tests that may be done readily by your doctor to make certain. ...Read more

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If im on testestrone replacement at normal reng in body im not overweight well bi always the risk from heart attack and stroke?

If im on testestrone replacement at normal reng in body im not overweight well bi always the risk from heart attack and stroke?

Here are some ...: Before taking testosterone supplement, make sure you've serum testosterone tested and correlated its report with overall clinical picture. However, your limited information seems suggesting that you could be greatly helped with seriously practicing quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession. Note: The negative effect to circulation continues to be controversial. So, ... ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more