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Doctor insights on: Is It Dangerous To Live Close To A High Voltage Line

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Is it dangerous to live close to a high voltage line?

Is it dangerous to live close to a high voltage line?

Possibly: High voltage lines emit electrical radiation, which is different from ionizing radiation that is emitted at time of nuclear explosions. We are all exposed to electrical radiation, although, in different proportions. Home electrical devices give us some. Although, there may no significant amount of info on the effect of it, i've come across facts that prove its negative health effects. ...Read more

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Would 131 sodium be dangerous for a 62 yr female.. I know that's low but where does it cross the dangerous line?

Would 131 sodium be dangerous for a 62 yr female.. I know that's low but where does it cross the dangerous line?

Could be normal : This number alone is meaningless. What matters most is the cause and rate of change. In fact, this could be considered a normal or appropriately low sodium level depending on the underlying cause. Regardless, at 131 unlikely to cause significant damage but should be monitored. ...Read more

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Is there a way to keep mercury levels low in someone who eats shark regularly? This would be a precautionary measure. I've read that se binds to hg

Is there a way to keep mercury levels low in someone who eats shark regularly? This would be a precautionary measure. I've read that se binds to hg

Agree w Dr. Baker: There is more to worry about than just mercury. There is a significant health risk in ingesting shark. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Svt, when not undergoing ablation, would it be life-threatening in the future? Is it possible to use medicine/ beta bloc, even if it means a lifetime?

Svt, when not undergoing ablation, would it be life-threatening in the future? Is it possible to use medicine/ beta bloc, even if it means a lifetime?

Not life threatening: But, depends on type of svt. Generally svt always occurs the same way - same symptoms every episode- since the short circuit is a fixed path, but this is not always true. ...Read more

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How dangerous is to have a blood clock in the arm?

How dangerous is to have a blood clock in the arm?

Dangerous: A blood clot in your arm or leg can be potentially dangerous and can lead to a clot going to your lung. If you are suspicous of this you need to get it checked out. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to live near a home near a formaldehyde manufacturing facility?

How dangerous is it to live near a home near a formaldehyde manufacturing facility?

Formaldehyde: Inhalation of industrial formaldehyde has been shown to cause exposed individuals to have a decrease in performance, lack of concentration, loss of memory, disturbed sleep, impaired balance, variations in mood, and irritability. Oral exposure has been found to cause lethargy, seizure, and loss of consciousness in occupational exposure, the neurotoxicity is low. ...Read more

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What is a normal oxygen level? How low does it need to be to be admitted in the hospital. Mine is reading 94-95

What is a normal oxygen level? How low does it need to be to be admitted in the hospital. Mine is reading 94-95

Oxygen: Oxygen at this time of year should be 96 to 98% saturated. Yours is a bit low. That alone, however, is not an indication for hospitalization. In your history i see no evidence of illness or other symptoms that would cause you worry. ...Read more

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What is early repolarization- high take off? What are the risks? Is it a desiese? Can it lead to a heart attack?

What is early repolarization- high take off? What are the risks? Is it a desiese? Can it lead to a heart attack?

ECG : Early repolarization is an ECG finding which is usually benign. As you note chest pain in your presentation, you should ask your doctor if it is a benign finding in you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get infected when blood is dried on a surface such as counter tops, desk, charts? And would the percentage be high?

Is it possible to get infected when blood is dried on a surface such as counter tops, desk, charts? And would the percentage be high?

Unlikely: Survival times of various blood borne viruses are variable but even if the virus can survive in the dried blood, it has to be inoculated in sufficient quantity. Quite low risk. ...Read more

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How bad is a parathyroid that is close to your lung and heart?

How bad is a parathyroid that is close to your lung and heart?

Not sure: You must be referring to thyroid gland which is normally in neck and have parathyroid glands under that, sometimes a pt can have retrosternal thyroid in chest mostly in superior mediastinum. ...Read more

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Is ortho home defense insect killer safe to be around humans? It says to spray in and outdoors. However I read that it is a pesticide and dangerous...

Is ortho home defense insect killer safe to be around humans? It says to spray in and outdoors. However I read that it is a pesticide and dangerous...

Ortho Home defense: From the Ortho site - it contains 2 ingredients Bifenthrin and Zeta Cypermethrin. both have low toxicity towards mammals (humans). skin contact is not toxic but ingestion is. So - best recommendation - spray when the air is still - keep everyone out of the treated area until it dries. See http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/bifgen.html and http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/cypermethrin.pdf ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to be dehydrated if the person has a normal sodium level but the urea is 11.9 mmol/L?

Is it possible for someone to be dehydrated if the person has a normal sodium level but the urea is 11.9 mmol/L?

Dehydration: Of course. Dehydration does not have to manifest itself biochemically as a rule. There are characteristic physical findings as well, and even symptoms that would be consistent with dehydration, in the appropriate clinical setting, with normal testing results. ...Read more

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Is it very dangerous to have a high (10.4) calcium level?

Is it very dangerous to have a high (10.4) calcium level?

Maybe: Have your doctor evaluate it. Your doctor should do tests to see what causes the calcium to be high? This may be something dangerous (cancer) but most commonly not (usually pth) second: very high calcium around 12 or more true emergency because the heart can become irritable. Third, if not severely high and not caused by something serious still causes bone problems over time, or kidney stones. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have a low heart rate? How dangerous?

Is it dangerous to have a low heart rate? How dangerous?

Not per se: A low heart rate is not in itself dangerous. Many well conditioned athletes have low resting heart rates with excellent cardiac health. A low heart rate that associated with cardiac disease may be an entirely different story. Resting heart rates less than 30 or low rates associated with symptoms always need investigation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it is life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Is it possible that it is life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Knot?: Depends on what you mean by "knot." there are carotid "kinks" and "coils, " which are twists and turns in the carotid artery that are quite typical in older patients but can be found in just about anyone. These are not dangerous at all and you should not limit your physical activity. If by "knot" you mean "blockage, " that is a little more serious but does not prevent you from being active. ...Read more

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In my head the logic would say that a 14mm aorta has extremely thin walls and should not be able to withstand as much pressure as a normal size?

In my head the logic would say that  a 14mm aorta has extremely thin walls and should not be able to withstand as much pressure as a normal size?

Not logical: The internal dimension (lumen) of your aorta tells you absolutely nothing about the thickness of the walls. Are the tires on a baby carriage (tiny) more likely to burst than the tires on a 747? I'm not sure what has caused you to become so obsessed with your 14 mm aorta? Do you have a family hx of sudden aortic rupture? What has happened to make you so upset about this? ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a drug abuse related arrythmia to convert to a regular heart rate?

How long is it supposed to it take for a drug abuse related arrythmia to convert to a regular heart rate?

No answer: There is no specific "drug abuse related arrhythmia". More details are needed to answer this question. Sounds like a specific diagnosis is needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it be life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Is it possible that it be life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Knot?: Knot is not a medical term so it's hard to advise you. Do you have stenosis (blockage)? Aneurysm (dilation)?, ectasia (dilation)? Tortuosity ("cork-screwing")? Whoever told you that your carotid is abnormal can probably best advise you of its significance. ...Read more

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Is 120/60 a good blood pressure? Is it true that the difference between the two numbers should be around 30-40 to be considered good BP? Thank you!

Is 120/60 a good blood pressure? Is it true that the difference between the two numbers should be around 30-40 to be considered good BP? Thank you!

HTN: See the following link http://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p300.html Your BP is good Pulse pressure is SBP minus DBP and 40 is the norm. ...Read more