By Edward K. Chung
Over 1000000 humans endure center assaults every year within the usa on my own. middle sickness is our no 1 explanation for dying. yet many middle assaults are preventable, and middle issues may be taken care of. for those who or your family were touched via heart problems, a hundred Questions and solutions approximately center assault and comparable Cardiac difficulties deals aid. popular heart specialist Edward okay. Chung, MD, attracts upon many years of scientific event to provide authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions about explanations of middle assaults, middle assault prevention, therapies, post-treatment caliber of existence, resources of aid and masses extra. Written in undeniable language for the lay reader, together with an exact interview with certainly one of Dr. Chung's sufferers, this booklet is a useful source for someone dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary affliction.
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When the HDL cholesterol level is too low, losing body weight (in obese people), regular exercise, and avoiding smoking can raise it. 19. What is triglyceride? Triglyceride is another kind of lipid. It is not as strong a coronary risk factor as cholesterol. Less than 200 mg/dL of triglyceride is desirable; 200 to 400 mg/dL is borderline high; 400 to 1,000 mg/dL is high; and above 1,000 mg/dL is very high. 29 chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 30 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS You can reduce abnormally elevated triglyceride levels by losing body weight, by eating a low-saturated-fat, low-cholesterol diet, by regular exercise (see Question 23), and by avoiding smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.
Sore muscles due to vigorous physical activities, particularly competitive sports, also may cause pain in the chest, shoulders, and arms. Severe arthritis of the ribs may cause pain, sometimes similar to cardiac pain. Another disorder that can imitate the pain of a heart attack is shingles (herpes zoster in medical terms). A virus (the same virus that produces chicken pox) causes shingles, which would produce intense pain and a band of blisters on your back around your chest wall 53 chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 54 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS (along the nerve distribution).
Thus, doctors should treat high LDL cholesterol levels aggressively. You can think of both desirable and abnormally high levels of LDL cholesterol as follows: • Less than 130 mg/dL: desirable 28 chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 29 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Diagnosis • 130 to 159 mg/dL: borderline high • 160 mg/dL or higher: high If you have other risk factors (see Question 16) and a history of coronary artery disease, your desirable LDL cholesterol level should be below 100 mg/dL.
100 questions & answers about heart attack and related cardiac problems by Edward K. Chung