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 Who is right...the doctor or my home testing blood pressure tester?
Im confused and reluctant to take the tablets the doc has prescribed.
I have been given Ramipril to take for a few weeks - I said I didnt mind if I didnt have to be on them forever. I am now ...

 Can u please??
My grandma is sick she has heart problems where her heart skips a beat and the doctors are tryin to prevent her from havin a stroke can u please pray for her? THANKS!...

 how to clean clogged arteries and blood vessels naturally?

 what could very temporary chest pain be caused by?
sometimes i have what i describe as a squeezing pain in my heart - its on my left side (really not in the middle of my chest, but it feels like its in my heart.) the pain lasts for up to a second ...

 what makes the heart beat outside the body?

ive been having anixetty attacks for about 3 years now and im only 15 yrs old ; i really hate this experience and i wanna live a normal life and do things i cant do now . My anxietty is really hard ...

 my 11yr old daughter has been having chest pains & becomes breathless.?
she has had an ECG done, doctor said one of her chambers in her heart is bigger than her others so she needs to see a cardiologist, but has since began to walk with a bad limp and seems to drag her ...

 My blood pressure is 105/53, is this good?
I know "normal" is 120/80, but mine's been recorded at 81/53 in the past. Today it was 105/53. I'm 17. Is this a good reading. Note: The reason it's been so low in the past ...

 how to get out of depressions?

 How can i fix my broken heart?

 is this NORMAL?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
i had RED DIARRHEA today. ive had alot of tummy pains and gas!!!!
what is this? why is it [email protected]?!?! uh oh!!!!...

 Serious inquiry into transplant surgery?
i just saw a documentary were a 70 year old man received the heart of a 16 year old boy and is doing well.
My question is: if heart failure is usually the first thing that causes death in old ...

 What can I do to reduce the chances of getting high blood pressure?
There is a strong family history of heart conditions and hypertension. What can I do to reduce the effects on me, I'm under 40 years old and BP is normal at the moment.
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 Can a 17 year old girl have an heart attack?
im 88 pounds and have someone in my family have heart attack. And it runs in my family. do you think i can have heart attack at 17?...

 Can I give myself a heart attack, if I keep thinking i'm going to have one? is it possible?
i have bad anxiety and I was told if I keep thinking I am going to have a heart attack, I will give myself one. I didn't think that could happen....

 Ways of dieing??????????????
[1]How would you like to die?
[2]How did you see people dieing?
[3]What’s the best way to die?...

 Can anxiety cause a heart attack?

 Is my heart rate too fast?
I'm a 13 year old girl, I'm not under or over weight...I'm normal. In PE at school we had to measure our resting heart rate and mine was 116bpm. Then after about 10 minutes of moderate ...

 How long should someone wait to go on high blood pressure meds if they are having a reading of 184/111? ?
This happened to my friend yesterday. We just checked it at kmart on a machine. Later that night it was over 200/162. What is wrong with the bottom number??
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200 is ...

 why does she need an echocardiogram?
my 4 year old has to see a cardiologist.the doctor said he could hear an abnormal sound in her heart.she has to have an echocardiogram.does this mean there might be something serious wrong with her ...

Lady Of The Storm
My cholesterol level is 7.1, and blood pressure is 104/80, and my doctor said that's nothing to worry about
My doctor said I have 4% of a stroke or heart attack when I am older.
Should I worry though?
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I don't drink, smoke, and I walk 5 miles a day (walk to work)

I remember listening to a radio 4 show recently where there where older ladies enquiring to high cholesterol levels and the advice was not to worry too much ( too much stress is a factor in heart attacks too) I got the impression it was common for older ladies to have high cholesterol levels. ( apologies of course if you happen to be a quite young lady I'm only saying what i heard) If i where you I'd not worry too much but 7.1 is a bit on the high side so it wouldn't do you any harm to find ways of reducing it. Hey and to think i was a bit worried cos mines 3.2 but i like my chips and beer too much.

7.1 sounds high. I am surprised your doctor didn't advise you on lowering your cholesterol.

I wouldn't worry, but taking good care of yourself now will make for a happier life when you are older.


I am not a dr, but as far as i know your cholesterol is a bit high. Don't stress though, as im sure if the dr wasn't alarmed there isn't an immediate threat, but i would try to work at getting it down a little as it will help you in future years to keep away any heart problems.

I think if you are older (above 40 or 50 or so) and otherwise generally healthy anywhere up to around 6.0 is usually advised as being acceptable, but if you are only a young person it shouldn't really be higher than 4.5 - 5.0. (roughly)

Obvious changes to try to get it down are excercise, foods enriched with plant sterols (these can help reduce cholesterol by up to 10%, and are available in margarine type spreads, yoghurts & milk products), also some other food items such as porridge, rye breads etc & fish oil capsules can assist in lowering it also.

All the best :)

Blood pressure is ok, but cholesterol is on the high side. Surprised he did not advise you on diet / alcholol / smoking.

You have more chance of having a stroke or heart attack if you worry about this to much.If you are healthy then enjoy your life with out worrying all the time.

7.1? thought that be high?

Mines 2.4, hmm Im not a doctor so can't really comment

Your cholestrol is quite high but if the doctor says don't worry baout it then the best thing that you can do is try to keep it under control so that small % doesn't involve you suffering in the long run

maheswari m
This Patient Guide is written for the loved ones of heart patients who are dealing with the short-term stress that comes with a test, procedure or recent diagnosis of heart disease. It explains why support is so important to a loved one with heart disease. It also offers practical strategies on how to support a loved one while also taking care of yourself.

7.1 for cholesterol that's a bit high i would say about 5.0 to be on the safe side ask your doctor wot the ideal cholesterol level is

The Lone Gunman
"Normal" bp is 120/80, but there is no such thing as "normal" since we are all different, so 120/80 is kind of an average.
I wouldn't worry! Just take care of yourself, get good sleep and exercise, eat a healthy diet, don't smoke or drink excessively and you should live a long and healthy life!

trust your doctor, if they say there is nothing to worry about, dont worry.

Don't worry - if your doctor gave you this advice I would accept his opinion, after all he is the professional, we are just a bunch of amateurs!

William K
I have no idea what 7.1 means. My total cholesterol is 128, and I know my triglycerides, LDL, and HDL levels.

If your doctor said you have a 4% chance of stroke or heart disease, that's very good. No need to worry unless you massively change your lifestyle (like put on a bunch of weight, take drugs, et cetera).

Jimmy Changa
7.1 in itself tells part of the story, but we need to know the other parts of your lipid profile. If this suggests you have a lot of bad lipids, LDL, and not enough good lipids, HDL, it would make me more inclined to treat you, unless you have a horrendous diet, in which case just eat healthily, and recheck. However, it seems likely you have a genetic preponderance for high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolaemia, FH), and if you have premature heart disease in the family, I would seriously consider treating you, unless you are planning to get pregnant in the near future (cholesterol lowering tablets are teratogenic).
There is rationale for this, as women with FH have a 30% increased chance of heart disease by the age of 50. Heart disease doesn't develop overnight, it takes time, so early treatment is now advised.

gangadharan nair
Dyslipidemia is elevation of plasma cholesterol and/or TGs or a low HDL level that contributes to the development of atherosclerosis. Causes may be primary (genetic) or secondary. Diagnosis is by measuring plasma levels of total cholesterol, TGs, and individual lipoproteins. Treatment is dietary changes, exercise, and lipid-lowering drugs.
Cholesterol-3.5 to 6.5 mmol/L (ideal <5.2 mmol/L)
In the UK, mirroring abandoned earlier U.S. practice, nursing students continue to be taught that their patients’ readings should be considered ‘normal’ if in the range:
* Systolic: 110 - 140mmHg
* Diastolic: 70 - 90 mmHg

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