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Do you need to feast to test for cholesterol?

Cholesterol: You don't feast to check for cholesterol. Recent studies suggest you might not need to fast either. Check with the lab you are using. Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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How do I test for cholesterol in mayonnaise?

5 mg: Mayonnaise has 5 mg of cholesterol per serving (13 grams). (however, be advised that mayonnaise is 100% fat-use it sparingly, if at all. Mustard is a much healthier substitute). Read more

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I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage I have done so far to arteries.?

I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage I have done so far to arteries.?

High cholesterol: Hi. Total cholesterol is a fairly uninformative number, and treatment decisions should not be based on it. It helps to know your overall profile. If "high" is due to HDL, no problem. If "high" is due to LDL, that is a risk for atherosclerosis. Are your triglycerides high or normal? Hi triglycerides correlate with low HDL, which is another risk for atherosclerosis. So without more information... Read more

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I hear that LDL – p is the preferred test for cholesterol. What your position on this?

I hear that LDL – p is the preferred test for cholesterol. What your position on this?

Don't treat numbers: Over decades in medicine, I've watched new markers for cardiac risk come and go. The difficulty with evaluating each new marker is that we are only looking at correlations with mortality / illness in a complex system that's largely still not understood, with often-inaccurate self-accounts from patients. Use your wishes and i'd suggest the classic labs to make decisions (lifestyle, statins). Read more

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How long does it take for plaque to build up in arteries and is there a way to test for it?

How long does it take for plaque to build up in arteries and is there a way to test for it?

Depends on diet: Arterial plaque has been found at autopsy of gang members (teenagers) and in deceased soldiers. The "western" diet (watch "supersize me" for more info) speeds deposition, while mediterranean & others slow it. Family history and cholesterol levels (if very high) can also contribute. Certain ultrasound studies of the blood vessels can screen for it. Ask your doctor if concerned. Read more

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How do doctors test for coronary artery blockage?

How do doctors test for coronary artery blockage?

Usually stress tests: Stress tests are used to see if an artery has severe blockage in it, which prevents adequate blood flow to the heart muscle to meet its energy needs. If abnormal, cardiac cath (i.e. "angiogram) is often needed to invasively image the arteries and see the extent of the problem. Read more

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I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease. What test can I request to learn if my arteries are narrowing?

I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease. What test can I request to learn if my arteries are narrowing?

More than one test: You should see your doctor for a comprehensive evaluation as no single test is good enough. The tests incluse, fasting lipids, fasting glucose, high sensitivity c-reactive protein, ultrasound examination of arteries in the neck, scan to detect calcium in coronary arteries and more. Discuss the issue with your doctor for proper selection of tests. Read more

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If I have high cholesterol and I'm young shouldn't dr order test to see how clogged my arteries are? To prevent heart attack?

If I have high cholesterol and I'm young shouldn't dr order test to see how clogged my arteries are? To prevent heart attack?

Cad: Risk factor management in the setting of asymptotic patients is best prevention. Weight, cholesterol, fitness, screen for diabetes and hypertension. No smoking Read more

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Is Heart attack is about clogged arteries? MIBI test normal, No Cholesterol, Blood pressure normal. Can it be concluded no heart attack?

Is Heart attack is about clogged arteries? MIBI test normal, No Cholesterol, Blood pressure normal. Can it be concluded no heart attack?

Heart attack: Heart attack is from complete occlusion of one of the arteries. Unless opened right away - can lead to permanent damage resulting in a scar of the myocardium. Normal MIBI, low chol and BP means you are a low risk for developing coronay plaque which usually is the reason for heart attack. Plaques can break leading to occlusion in the arteries that result in heart attack. Read more

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Can heart artery spasams cose chest pains for over a year and mis undiagnosed by cardiologist is there a test for it thank you?

Can heart artery spasams cose chest pains for over a year and mis undiagnosed by cardiologist is there a test for it thank you?

Coronary Artery: Spasm of coronary artery happens in people with coronary artery risk factor or in people with no risk factors.
Happens due to stress, cold exposure, alcohol withdrawal.
Diagnosis is hard, needs high level of suspicion.
Relieved pain with Nitroglycerin is the way to diagnose it.
Also ecg, angiogram is done, bout hard to pick it up. Read more

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Mother 75+ with 50% blocked Carotid Arteries what is a 50 yr old sons risk with lipid fasting test with Cholesterol 5.39 and HDL ratio 3.8? Treatment?

Mother 75+ with 50% blocked Carotid Arteries what is a 50 yr old sons risk with lipid fasting test with Cholesterol 5.39 and HDL ratio 3.8? Treatment?

Genetic risk.: Regardless of your numbers, this genetic risk is present and unalterable. It means you have to optimize the control of your other risk factors - blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight - and not smoke cigarettes. Exercise regularly and maintain healthy diet practices. Read more

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Chronic pain in both calves and feet throbbing when resting. Test for artery disease negative. Blood tests normal. What could be going on?

Chronic pain in both calves and feet throbbing when resting. Test for artery disease negative. Blood tests normal. What could be going on?

Pain in calves: Glad to hear health tests are good so far. Are you taking a statin medication for cholesterol? That can cause muscle pain but your doc probably is keeping that in mind. Do you exercise? If so, do you cool down slowly afterwards? That can be a cause if not. Peace and good health. Read more

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An MRI to test for HCM says There is a tortuous descending aorta. There is an aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea?

An MRI to test for HCM says There is a tortuous descending aorta. There is an aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea?

MRI answers nothing: The MRI answers nothing about HCM. The descending aorta being tortuous points to a long history of hypertension, smoking, and/or high cholesterol. The right subclavian normally passes in front of (not behind) the windpipe. This anomaly probably doesn't mean much, u were probably born with it. With HCM, you want to get an idea of how narrow the outflow tract (aortic valve) is, which is not given. Read more

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Why is my left foot going numb? When I sit crossed legs, it turns blueish. Doctor did test for plaque in arteries before, but it was clear.

Why is my left foot going numb? When I sit crossed legs, it turns blueish. Doctor did test for plaque in arteries before, but it was clear.

Vein compression.: Your foot may be turning blue, especially when you sit cross legged, because of the veins being compressed or torqued. Slowing of return blood flow in the veins, especially in the legs, typically causes your feet to have a bluish cast. This can happen whether or not the arteries have plaque. Read more

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How do doctors test for coronary artery disease? I'm a man in my mid-twenties. Every couple of months, I experience a sharp, shooting pain in the area of my chest that covers my heart. The shooting pain only last for a minute or two, and then is alleviate

How do doctors test for coronary artery disease? I'm a man in my mid-twenties. Every couple of months, I experience a sharp, shooting pain in the area of my chest that covers my heart. The shooting pain only last for a minute or two, and then is alleviate

Talk to your MD: There are many tests that can be done. The best starting place is to talk with your doctor and be examined. The md will judge whether or not additional tests (i.e. Stress test) are needed depending on your story, family history, risk factors, and exam. Read more

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Stress test, ultrasound arteries, carotid, legs, cath, everything is clear, last LDL 113, family history of heart disease. Hbp, cholesterol med?

Focus on lifestyle: I wonder why all of that was done? Was it for symptoms or anxiety over potential symptoms? What was your risk factor status beyond the family history? If all of these studies were negative and your LDL was 113, you could either consider lifestyle modifications alone (if no other risk factors), or lifestyle modification plus a low dose statin if multiple other risk factors present. Read more

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How can you test for arterial health?

How can you test for arterial health?

Check your pulses: Arteries usually are pulsatile and you can feel the pulses you can get more sophisticated doing pvr's and volume recordings as well as duplex scans of te arteries. Read more