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Cholesterol test, LDL 138 Hdl 59 and triglycerides 89...are these good numbers? How is my heart disease risk? Perfect blood pressure, sugar 93.

Cholesterol test, LDL 138 Hdl 59 and triglycerides 89...are these good numbers? How is my heart disease risk? Perfect blood pressure, sugar 93.

Heart disease risk: You mention normal sugar, but your profile says type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Are you already on medications for diabetes, lipids? By themselves, those numbers are not bad, but if you have diabetes and other conditions, you are in a higher risk category. Discuss this with your doctor who can consider the whole picture. ...Read more

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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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What type of blood analysis can I do to diagnose heart disease?

What type of blood analysis can I do to diagnose heart disease?

Depends on the type: Of heart disorder. Young people often have congenital lesions that do not affect blood tests. Older people have mostly atherosclerotic heart disease, and common test for that are fasting blood lipids, c-reactive protein, bnp and troponin. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for proper choice of tests based on your clinical history and physical findings. ...Read more

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What blood tests should I do to check if I have any heart disease?

What blood tests should I do to check if I have any heart disease?

A long list: There is a long list of tests that could be done to assess the risk of heart disease, e.g., fasting blood lipids, c-reactive protein, thyroid function tests, bnp, troponin etc. It would be prudent to discuss the issue with your doctor for choice of tests based on your history, physical findings and findings of initial tests. ...Read more

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What does blood pressure have to do with heart disease?

What does blood pressure have to do with heart disease?

Two things: High blood pressure over many years can cause the heart to wear out such that the left ventricle becomes large and weakened. High blood pressure over many years can also predispose to the development of coronary artery disease which can cause chest pain and heart attacks. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for heart disease, stroke and blood disorders?

Low saturated fat,: Low sodium, lots of veggies, fruit, fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, 1 baby Aspirin a day and plenty of exercise. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have good blood pressure yet still have heart disease?

Is it possible to have good blood pressure yet still have heart disease?

Many forms heart dis: Heart disease can exist in the absence of high blood pressure. Sometimes it can cause very low blood pressure. Also many arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation, are unassociated with blood pressure. Angina can also occur without high bp. Also, high BP may be associated with kidney disease or other problems. ...Read more

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My blood examination is as follow: tg:245 chol:237 ldl:138 hdl:46. Whether I have heart disease?

My blood examination is as follow: tg:245 chol:237 ldl:138 hdl:46. Whether I have heart disease?

High, but...: Those results do mean you have high lipid levels in your blood, and do put you at risk for heart disease. But. You're young. And you can improve this. Cut out alcohol and cut down on sugars and refined carbs, and, increase your exercise levels, and you will lower your tg, raise your hdl, and improve your chances. ...Read more

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What effect does fasting have on blood pressure specifically (age 15-20)? And does heart disease affect blood pressure?

What effect does fasting have on blood pressure specifically (age 15-20)? And does heart disease affect blood pressure?

Fasting: Fasting makes your body go into a stress response mode. Blood pressure might go up slightly.
Remember that BP=SVxTPR
Blood Pressure=Stroke Volume x Total Peripheral Resistance
TPR=SV xHR
Total Peripheral Resistance=Stroke volume x Heart Rate
The physiology behind Blood Pressure tries to maintain harmony even while fasting at all ages. Heart disease is a general term-it does effect the equation. ...Read more

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Can cancer in the blood cause heart disease? Is it possible for people with cancers of the blood to develop heart disease as a result? .

Can cancer in the blood cause heart disease? Is it possible for people with cancers of the blood to develop heart disease as a result? .

Yes: It is unusual, but possible, for acute leukemia or other blood cancers to cause heart problems by blocking blood flow to the heart, growing in the the fluid surrounding the heart, or even forming tumors in the lymph nodes nearby and compressing the heart. More commonly, heart disease in blood cancer patients is a result of the medicines (often anthracyclines) or radiation used in treatment. ...Read more

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Describe the relationship between types of lipoprotein in the blood and heart disease?

Describe the relationship between types of lipoprotein in the blood and heart disease?

Good and bad: Ldl (low density lipoprotein) is associated with developing atherosclerosis which leads to heart attacks and strokes. The lower it is, the better. Hdl (high density lipoprotein) is inversely correlated with atherosclerosis. The higher it is, the better. Vldl (very low density lipoprotein) doesn't correlate well with heart disease. ...Read more

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Is 5.3 white blood count normal range and is a high white count and indication of heart disease?

Is 5.3 white blood count normal range and is a high white count and indication of heart disease?

Normal. No.: This is a normal WBC count. A high white count is associated with many things but is not often the presenting sign of heart disease and it confers no risk. ...Read more

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How can heart disease cause blood in mouth?

How can heart disease cause blood in mouth?

Lung microbleeds: Most often the problem is little hemorrhages from capillaries in the lungs that are under too much pressure as the right side tries to pump against a failing left side. Ordinary folks may experience this during extreme unaccustomed exercise. ...Read more

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Do you know is high blood pressure heart disease?

Do you know is high blood pressure heart disease?

Heart disease: This depends on your individual risks. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease. Diet and exercise can lower high blood pressure, but this can take awhile. Medications also work. You should talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is high blood pressure a heart disease?

Can you tell me is high blood pressure a heart disease?

Its a risk factor: Its one of the risk factors and if left untreated can cause hypertensiive heart disease. As well. ...Read more

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What medicines help heart disease and high blood pressure?

What medicines help heart disease and high blood pressure?

Meds to lower BP: Controlling BP with medications, especially beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics will help to reduce risk of heart injury, heart failure and heart pain (angina). Some of the effects of high BP on the heart can be reversed with these BP meds and optimum control of BP (110-130/60-80). Follow up with primary MD and/or specialists (cardiologist and nephrologist if kidney problems). ...Read more

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How does exercise help reduce high blood pressure and heart disease?

How does exercise help reduce high blood pressure and heart disease?

Decrease risk: Aerobic exercise will make your heart stronger. If your heart can pump blood with less effort then the force at the arteries will decrease and the arteries will relax, decreasing your bp. Control BP will decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus exercise will control your weight, help with high bad cholesterol and decrease stress in your life, all risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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Can there be a such thing as a person having heart disease without a high blood pressure?

Can there be a such thing as a person having heart disease without a high blood pressure?

Absolutely: Hypertension just one, albeit important, risk factor in a plethora of identifiable risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. Lower bps are better, but not absolutely protective. Diabetes, cigarette exposure, blood fat abnormalities, obesity, genetic markers, etc., are among many risk factors that place one at risk beyond high blood pressure. ...Read more

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My husband is 58 and has had untreated high blood pressure for 20 years. He won't take medication. He's heavy. Is he at risk for heart disease?

My husband is 58 and has had untreated high blood pressure for 20 years. He won't take medication. He's heavy. Is he at risk for heart disease?

YES: High BP is a silent killer. It causes few symptoms until it's already damaged the heart, brain or kidneys. Usually by then damage is irreversible. Some media reports might confuse people because there's been recent debate about whether treatment is needed for mild hypertension. But it's pretty clear to everyone that anything over 150/90 or so is dangerous, especially over another 20-30 years. ...Read more

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How long does it take for smoking to cause blood clot or heart disease atherscherosis or sometimes it does not always happen. Are there tests?

How long does it take for smoking to cause blood clot or heart disease atherscherosis or sometimes it does not always happen. Are there tests?

Smoking: Smoking has effects on the heart and lungs. It is associated with atherosclerosis by direct oxygen effect and by causing blood vessel damage. It takes about 5 years for people to get back to normal risk after quitting smoking. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between lipoprotein in the blood stream and heart disease?

What is the relationship between lipoprotein in the blood stream and heart disease?

Lipoproteins and CAD: Some types of lipoproteins which are carried in the blood can lead to fatty deposits in the arteries and these fat deposits or fatty streaks can lead to narrowing in the arteries. This narrowing causes decreased blood flow and can occur in the heart, brain, intestines or anywhere. These narrowings in the heart can cause angina, or chest pain, or a heart attack due to complete blockage. ...Read more

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Does "patent and unremarkable" mean I have zero heart disease? This is how my blood vessels were described in an MRI following a stroke. The MRI was with both contrast and no contrast. I'm recovering well, but i'd like to know if "patent and unremarkable

Does "patent and unremarkable" mean I have zero heart disease? This is how my blood vessels were described in an MRI following a stroke. The MRI was with both contrast and no contrast. I'm recovering well, but i'd like to know if "patent and unremarkable

? wrong test: Are you sure you had a cardiac MRI for stroke workup? Mri of brain will not give you any information about cardiac blood vessels. Your report implies that your brain vasculature is normal, not your heart. Even a routine cardiac MRI would not give that information. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

No lab tests: Coronary artery disease is mainly diagnosed by assessing one's. Cardiovascular risk as well as sorting out various symptoms. Lab tests to help here would be a full lipid panel as well as a CRP which is a marker of inflammation. These do not detect plaque but do help I risk analysis. D-dimmer is used for venous disease ie blood clots in legs or lungs. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

Cholesterol: Lab tests do not detect impending heart disease. The risk factors for atherosclerosis and vascular disease could serve as markers of risk for cardiac disease. Elevated cholesterol and ldl, low hdl, increases triglycrides are usual risk factors. Other risk factors that are not lab tests are hypertension, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, lack of physical activity. D-dimer will not help. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

None: The sad reality is that there's no blood test for atherosclerosis. The d-dimer test most assuredly will not. An ultra sensitive c-reactive protein will address the probability of developing buildup but will not tell you if you have it. Electron beam ct which provides calcium score gets you closer but is not a blood test. Please read my comment:. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat heart disease, angina and high blood pressure?

What are ways to treat heart disease, angina and high blood pressure?

Work w/ur family doc: Work w/your family doc & cardiologist to treat heart disease, angina & high blood pressure (BP). 1st make appropriate lifestyle modifications: quit smoking, start exercising regularly, then commit to eating healthy. Enough rest plus meditation can help. Statins are now 1st line drug for anyone w/heart disease. Nitrates are useful for those suffering from angina (chest pain). Many drugs to treat BP ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease if it is hereditary?

What can be done to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease if it is hereditary?

Healthy life style: Eat a mediterranean diet, get plenty of exercise, do not smoke and take care of any risk factors you may have like diabetes, hypertension or gout. Avoid excess alcohol and don't use drugs, learn to control stress. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more