I just took WebMD Cholesterol Quiz and got one question wrong. The question was "Losing weight can cut your cholesterol". I answered false and the question turned out to be true with this explanation. "If you're overweight, slimming down can lower your bad cholesterol, LDL. If you weigh 150 pounds, for example, dropping 15 pounds will do the trick. Losing more weight should bring it down even further. Cholesterol begins to drop when you lose 10% of your body weight".
I have been on Lipitor and other drug lowering meds and never could get my cholesterol / triglycerides, bilirubin, AST, ALT number down to normal though they weren't too high. I was training for marathons, half marathons and shorter runs. My weight was 164 and height 5'8". I tore my meniscus in my right knee. I rehab and trained for half marathons from then on and then two years later I tore the other meniscus and didn't come back as I had with the other knee. Eight months later, 20 lbs heavier and Very little training I had a physical and my cholesterol was down to 140, triglycerides were 137, the Bilirubin and ALT, AST were still elevated but are separate issue. I understand too much physical exercise can raise these numbers but I would think they would go down by gaining weight. Oh yea my eating hasn't really changed but because of the lack of exercise caused me to gain weight. I still watch what I eat and I don't drink alcohol but one or two glasses of wine a month at the most. WHY? Also my cholesterol is a hereditary issue.View Thread
So, today's health question was on "How to Lower your Cholesterol". Does anyone review these? It list a dr. James Beckerman as a reviewer but it's hard to believe anyone who would have let questions like, which is worse for your cholesterol, coconut meat, coco water or coconut milk get through. Obviously coconut has no cholesterol being a plant based product. It's really disappointing. View Thread
Past medical history: He had a mild heart attack at the age of 28, then in 2003 he had an MI with cardiac arrest which resulted in anoxic brain injury (Heart attack, along with a stroke that he suffered around the same time). A CT scan of the head reveals bilateral occipital subacute infarctions He required prolonged hospitalization - 9 months making a slow recovery after being on life support. He did have a MIBI perfusion scan in 2003 and 2004, both of them showed EF of 19%. He had an echocardiogram as well with EF showing in lower range. He didn't recover 100%, motor function, memory, tunnel vision and his personality were severely effected. Nonetheless he is living a healthy life under the care of my mom. In 2003 a couple of months after the heart attack he received a stent. He also received an ICD pacemaker defibrillator at this time and was put on several medications with regular check ups. He hasn't had a heart attack since. He also has a history of hypertension and high cholesterol and hyperlipidemia.
**Two weeks ago my dad collapsed and was admitted to the emergency room after suffering multiple ICD shock. He never lost consciousness completely but there was a near syncopal episode. He then had two episodes of ventricular tachycardia and apparently was treated with antitachycardia pacing. He was symptomatic. He was then started on Amiodarone at 400mg twice daily then lowered to 200mg twice daily in anticipation for discharge. He was then having phantom shocks or could be related to other problems. He was kept in the hospital for one week monitoring him- they diagnosed him with Ventricular Tachycardia Arythmia and put him on the medication Amiodrone. The electrocardiogram showed inferolateral Q waves consistent with his known inferolateral MI. He had an echocardiogram which showed EF of 35% with inferolateral and midseptal akinesia. There is moderate MR. He is having a MIBI test done in a couple of weeks, regular blood tests and ECG. I inquired about an angiogram the specialist is advising that it may be too invasive with difficult recovery at this time and if they did find something aside from stent intervention - he doesn't believe a surgeon would agree to operate. They are monitoring his heart, lungs, kidneys and thyroid function.
My dad exercises daily though his muscle mass has decreased he also eats a very healthy diet- has cut out caffeine and sodium. He has never smoked and does not drink alcohol
Is anyone able to offer insight or suggestions on my dad's health in regards to questions we should be asking, tests that we should be requesting, lifestyle/dietary changes to improve his quality of life, I understand its relative but any idea on how long one lives with this type of heart failure history? Should we get a referral to a cardiologist for a second opinion as he lives in a small town and the doctors that are involved in his care are mostly internists and there is no cardiologist in the city.
hi my son when born had a heart murmur..we took him to a specialist at RI hospital..they gave him ekgs periodically and after a month he was cleared and told us he was ok...now my son had checkup and I chose cardiologist as primary doc..doc said ekg came out abnormal and said he has slight murmur..further test to b done an ecko gram..i was told by his pediatrician that abnormal ekgs are not worrisome and is sometimes ok...hes now 18 and hes worried..has any one had murmur as baby or in teen yrs?my husband and father to my son had heart arrhythmia attack at 38 and passed away..his pediatrician said the murmur isn't connected to w/my husbands arrhythmia attack..has anyone had trouble with heart murmurs?View Thread
my cardiologist wants me to take stress test before he will approve conscious sedation for a colonoscopy. I...
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my cardiologist wants me to take stress test before he will approve conscious sedation for a colonoscopy. I have abnormal heart rhythms and stress test involves Lexican to speed up heart rate. Manufacturer says do not give Lexican when patient has abnormal heart rhythms. Stress tests can cause heart attack.View Thread
I had a severe heart attack on April 26th . I am a woman 52 years old. after the paramedics and my husband restarted my heart I had a stent put in. I am home now and was wondering how long the pain from the chest compression last? Anyone know? Any one have this happen? ThanksView Thread
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