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My dad is going through a heart blockage which has a percentage of 40%. Can i know how and what would help to make this reduce?

My dad is going through a heart blockage which has a percentage of 40%. Can i know how and what would help to make this reduce?

Many things: 40% blockage is not critical and not obstructing blood flow following will help bp control cholesterol keep at goal LDL 70 or below hdl goal over 45 and total cholesterol 150 or below exercise program aspirin /and other platelet inhibitors can help too beta blockers ace/arb as indicated consult for help from your physician for guidence. ...Read more

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What is the name of the test that is preformed that I can also find out the sex of my baby way before an ultrasound is performed to find out the?

What is the name of the test that is preformed that I can also find out the sex of my baby way before an ultrasound is performed to find out the?

Ultrasound: You will need a sonogram. There is no absolute test to determine the sex of the baby accurately, even sonogram may not be 100% correct depending on the operator. There is a reported DNA blood test to detect fetal free circulating DNA. Please consult your obstetrician for further advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of test do you take to get a full account of how your thyroid is besides the the simple blood test to really be sure it really ok.

What kind of test do you take to get a full account of how your thyroid is  besides the the simple blood test to really be sure it really ok.

If your TSH: and T4 are in appropriate proportion, you feel well and have no abnormalities of your thyroid on physical exam then you should rest easy. You obviously have some concern and if you would re-post and state what it is exactly I am sure one the the many brilliant and talented doctors on this site would provide you with your answer. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is a way to test whether i will get keloids or not. Is there some kind of blood test or something?

What is a way to test whether i will get keloids or not. Is there some kind of blood test or something?

Difficult..: Unfortunately there is no way to accurately predict whether a patient will develop keloid scarring. There is no blood test available. ...Read more

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What kind of tests are needed to figure out if I have cancer in my foot?

What kind of tests are needed to figure out if I have cancer in my foot?

Tissue: If the tumor is in the deeper tissues of your foot, an MRI can be suggestive. Ultimately, a biopsy will be how the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out how good a hospital is when it comes to bypass surgery? What percent of pts live, etc.? Thank you.

Is there a way to find out how good a hospital is when it comes to bypass surgery? What percent of pts live, etc.?  Thank you.

Ask?: Most of us choose a busy hospital near home and family. Your cardiologist will likely have a credible opinion sts database medicare database most of the "advertising" is slanted. Generally busy places are doing well( or hey get un-busy!). ...Read more

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What sort of test I have to get done to find out the cause of urticaria allergy that I have?

What sort of test I have to get done to find out the cause of urticaria allergy that I have?

Skin and blood tests: To evaluate urticaria (hives) that come more than one time, a doctor can first examine and talk with the patient. Then blood tests can be done, to check for abnormalities in the blood, as well as for antibodies to foods or other possible allergens causing the urticaria. At an allergist's office, skin tests can be done to look for reactions to possible allergens causing the hives. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has an allergy from a tcertain type of food? Is there a specific test that can be done once for all foods?

How do I know if my baby has an allergy from a tcertain type of food? Is there a specific test that can be done once for all foods?

No universal test: Testing is rarely 100% accurate & i know of no universal tests for food allergies.Some labs have a variety of blood studies that correlate with some food reactions, but allergists usually pair the blood study with pin prick tests. All of which can falsely suggest allergy. Sometimes just eliminating the material from the diet for 2 wks, seeing benefit, & seeing pbs if restarted tells u. ...Read more

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The doctor wants me to have a sleep test. What is involved and what will it reveal?

The doctor wants me to have a sleep test. What is involved and what will it reveal?

Sleep test: Sleep study is done in a sleep lab, involves monitoring brain waves while u sleep, to detect sleep abnormalities such as sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Is there a way for me to get an idea of what the degree of my spine is without going to a doctor?

Is there a way for me to get an idea of what the degree of my spine is without going to a doctor?

Nope: Clinical exam using the adams forward bending test will show a hump that may be measured, but does not correlate with curve magnitude. It really takes an experienced eye to determine curve severity without xrays. Regardless, using your age listed, there would be nothing to do unless symptoms warranted regardless of the curve measurement. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway i can find out the curve degree of my spine without going to a doctor?

No: Cobb angle mesured bya professional from standing film is what all of our treatment algorithms are built on for deformity if youwant to use allopathic medical science to guide treatment thats the number you need. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop night whole body itches? Is there anyway in finding what causes it? What test can be done and what can I request from my GP?

What can I do to stop night whole body itches? Is there anyway in finding what causes it? What test can be done and what can I request from my GP?

Usually the work up: for pruritus differs if it lasts less or more than 6 weeks. I would make appointment to see board certified dermatologist for work up ...Read more

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What can I do about being scared of breast imaging test? I have found what i think is a small lump in my breast, but i'm absolutely terrified of doing an tests. At the same time i know i need to get this checked out. What is the best way i can prepare mys

What can I do about being scared of breast imaging test? I have found what i think is a small lump in my breast, but i'm absolutely terrified of doing an tests. At the same time i know i need to get this checked out. What is the best way i can prepare mys

If : If you ask this question to 10 different people you will probably get 10 different responses. I recommend that you empower yourself to control that which you can control, and not focus on that which you cannot control. You cannot decided whether or not you develop breast cancer, but unlike many other cancers, you can decide how to fight breast cancer. You have many tools that you can use to fight it. The first one you are already familiar with - the self breast exam. Next you should have a primary care provider who can exam the lump and give you their opinion and recommendations. Then there is mammography, breast ultrasound, and even breast MRI that will allow detection of extremely small cancers. There are excellent surgical treatments, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments. If the lump does turn out to be cancer, the sooner you do something about it the more control you have over your prognosis. Early on you have many options, but if you wait long enough those options will disappear. ...Read more

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I have been trying to get pregnant for a year with no successes. What type of tests need to be performed to figure out what the problem is?

I have been trying to get pregnant for a year with no successes. What type of tests need to be performed to figure out what the problem is?

One of the: Most frequent causes is improper ovulation. I would check an ovulation predictor kit. If not ovulating, look up polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is generally not difficult to treat if this is the issue. Roughly 40% of the time it's a male issue so semen analysis is next if predictor kit is normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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I seem to swallow a lot of air when speaking and eating--gas. Is there a way I can correct this on my own or is it best to visit some type of doctor?

I seem to swallow a lot of air when speaking and eating--gas. Is there a way I can correct this on my own or is it best to visit some type of doctor?

Couple things: These might not work but are simple. Eat you food completely (20 chews) and take a complete digestive enzyme with meals. If you are over weight then weight loss would be a significant consideration as it affects the angle of the esophageal-upper stomach connection and this can generate some symptoms too. ...Read more