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    Can someone please help me? I really don't want to go to the ER here and waste hours at our local band aid facility to find out that I have anxiety or Gerd. But I have been having severe pains in the center of my chest and upper back since broad daylight this morning. The pain comes and goes. It lasts for about 10 to 15 min then goes away. I never know when it will come back. Could be hours or minutes. Seems to be getting more frequent now. The pain is so severe I can't even breath. I feel....
  • 4 days ago

    What's Your Heart Story?

    Understanding the risks and causes of cardiovascular disease can help you prevent the onset of a heart-related illness and live a longer, more active life. Today, let's focus on heart failure. Nearly 6 million Americans are living with heart failure, a condition when your heart can't pump enough blood and oxygen to your muscles and organs. Even though heart failure is common in the US, there are things you can do to prevent it, and ways to live an active and happy life if you are currently....
  • 8 days ago

    Elevated heart rate and blood pressure

    Hey everyone! I'm a 26 year old I'm 5'10 and sadly 274 pounds with some health issues I'm worried about. Went to the hospital yesterday but ER doc checked xrays and blood samples and told me everything was fine. Elevated blood pressure and heart rate due too my anxiety panic disorder. plus being overweight doesn't help. I have to get on track with my weight and anxiety,, any suggestions?
  • 16 days ago

    Heart palpitations and air burping

    I am according to my Dr. a very healthy, 6 2 150 lb, 47 year old male. Although he says my arms and legs (36 in inseam) are a little long and my heart has to work hard to get the blood out to them, little else is wrong with me, but maybe some mild asthma and allergies. So he says I may have some kind of heart thing where it skips a beat or whatever, can't recall the name (right?) but he said probably nothing to worry about but I can do an echo if I want. He said it would probably just make me....
  • 25 days ago


    Hello friends, I am a 32 y/o male with no history of heart or cholesterol issues. I had a lipid panel done three months ago and the doctor wanted to put me on Rosuvastatin because my LDL was "elevated". I wasn't surprised by this and I admit I had gained some weight in the past couple of years and my overall activity level decreased, but I had recently gotten back on my diet/daily exercise plan. I went from 176 lbs in May to 161 lbs currently. I told him I wanted to continue my plan....
  • 25 days ago

    HDL dropped by 16mg/dl in 3 months

    Hello, I did my routine annual blood work, the doctor said I have high LDL 167 mg/dl and that my HDL is good at 49mg/dl, she prescribed statin and asked me to redo my bloodwork in 3months. 3months later I redid my bloodwork, LDL did not change much, but my HDL had dropped from 49 to 33mg/dl, this was a shocker as I do not smoke, had stopped having yolks, butter, red meat in spite of all that + statin my LDL did not change but HDL dropped by almost 16 points and my physician has increased my statin....
  • 1 month ago

    Leaky Heart Valves

    I'm 46 years old and it was discovered a couple of years ago that all four of my heart valves are leaking. They are not leaking a significant amount and the doctor told me not to worry that it is very common. My question is, can leaky valves worsen? If so, what causes them to worsen? I'm having shortness of breath just by walking around my house and my heart rate increases dramatically just by getting up from a seated position. The shortness of breath seems to be brought on by activity; very....
  • 1 month ago

    Heart Rate drops suddenly at night

    I am 54, Male, a bit overweight, desk job, well-managed hypertension. I use sleepmatic and an apple watch to monitor my sleep. I don't have any specific symptoms, but I noticed that occasionally, my sleeping heart rate will drop from where it normally is, between 75-60, down to 40-42. It's only happened a few times in the last 3-4 weeks. It only lasts for a few minutes. I don't notice it... it doesn't wake me up or anything. It -could- actually be a problem in the watch, but I can't....
  • 1 month ago

    Can someone in the know about hospitals help me understand?

    My brother is 41 years old and just had his second heart attack. I and the rest of his family are out of state so it is just him and his wife in hospital. She has mentioned he will be consulting with a Psychiatrist, a Social Worker and has a Patient Advocate. Why would he need these? According to her they have been managing his health and his GP is happy with his health as it stands. Yes, he is overweight, yes, there is a history of high blood pressure in the family, yes, he is prediabetic, but supposedly....
  • 1 month ago

    After open heart surgery

    I had open heart surgery about a year ago and now I am feeling my rib bones rub up against each other. They sometimes get painful. And I have to hold a pillow when I cough. Has this happened to other people?