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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Chest discomfort. . Went to the emergency room on sat and kept over night. All test neg..4 ekg, blood wk, stress test, blood press fine. Thoughts?

Chest discomfort. . Went to the emergency room on sat and kept over night. All test neg..4 ekg, blood wk, stress test, blood press fine. Thoughts?

Family Doctor: I appreciate that you got specialty care, but i doubt that they discharged you without recommending a follow up visit with your family doctor this week. Your family physician will go over all of the records and determine what you need or do not need as you continue to live your life. Your chest discomfort episode is not complete until the family doctor and you have a plan for living. ...Read more

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My cardiologist did a regular stress test blood lipid EKG all good If he felt I was at risk he would have done more tests right?

My cardiologist did a regular stress test blood lipid EKG all good If he felt I was at risk he would have done more tests right?

Probably correct: Sounds like you have hypertension. Women younger than 50 are at fairly low risk for heart disease, unless there is a strong family history (i.e. female relative who had a heart attack at age ...Read more

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Have had palpitations on/off for 6 months. Had ekg, echo, stress test, blood test, all normal. Will they go away? Should I worry? What can cause?

Have had palpitations on/off for 6 months. Had ekg, echo, stress test, blood test, all normal. Will they go away? Should I worry? What can cause?

Should be okay: If your workup rules our serious disease, be glad. The things that can kill you are ruled out. Better aerobic conditioning and avoiding tobacco and caffeine may help ...Read more

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I have had ECG,Echo,Stress test,blood work and still no findings of the cause of my bradycardia. Are there any other tests or reasons why this happens?

I have had ECG,Echo,Stress test,blood work and still no findings of the cause of my bradycardia. Are there any other tests or reasons why this happens?

More info needed: Sinus bradycardia is common in young individuals and may not need extensive workup. If there are specific symptoms believed to be caused by the bradycardia, then workup might help in understanding its cause. In your case the type of symptoms as well as circumstances contributing, for example exercise/rest will help in delineating next best step. ...Read more

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Halter, ecg,normal thyroid, stress test, blood work and echo all ok. Still have bradycardia sometimes at rest 41 bpm. What could it be?

Halter, ecg,normal thyroid, stress test, blood work and echo all ok. Still have bradycardia sometimes at rest 41 bpm. What could it be?

Could be...: If this slow heart rate is without other symptoms and complete lab work is normal, some people can have a slow heart rate because they are athletic. If you are not athletic and would like more answers seeing your doctor or a cardiologist to review all the tests and decide the next course of action would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more