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Feeling really fatigue ?
duckie66 posted:
Hello ! My name is Teresa and i'm 46 years old , so this is what I have found out so far from my PCP. My LDL is 214 , My HDL is 32 and my Total Cholestrol is 368 , So he tells mje that i need to see a Cardo Dr. as my c- reactive protien is 13.6 . Ok so know that was two months ago . Now I have been felling extreme fatigue and shortness of breath , even sweeping or moping have become a mission for me. I can't sleep on my back like normal as it becomes hard to breathe so i put 3 pillows under my back still can't breath. All of the woman on my side of the family have died before the age of 50 & 60 years old , My mother had her first qudreple bypass surgery when she was just 50 and then had to have another the next year , so by the age of 56 she had had 4 bypss surgery's , my grandmother and her mother died at the age of 53 of Unstable angina. My uncle has had his 5 heart attack strarting at the of 50 . My Father died of a MI when he was 51. So with all this against me , and I should add that I have had for many years Unstable angina , which was only found by a doctor in the ER , I thought i was having an anteixy attack to this day .When I tell them I have chest and back pain . and now my history they just give me a shot , then anther dr. comes in and askes me where is hurts and I show him and then he gives me a shot of nitro which helped , but I was never prescibed anything , They put me up in Telemtry (SP) for a few days and let me go after giveing me a script for atenolol for a high heart rate that was only a year ago . My Question is should I be worried about all this , Like i said everytime since the stay in the hospital all they say is i'm have an aniexty attack at which i tell them my aniexty is undercontrol with low dose meds. Thanks I'm hopeing that some one reads this and can tell what all these numbers mean. Thanks , Teresa
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"Should I be worried about all this"

YES, of course.

Especially since you mentioned having unstable angina, which, as reported, is a much more serious condition than stable angina, as it it may/can quickly progress to a heart attack, plus extreme fatigue and shortness of breath are quite concerning symptoms, which may/can be indicative of serious conditions such as heart failure/congestive heart failure and lung (pulmonary) problems.

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What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean

To determine how your cholesterol levels affect your risk of heart disease, your doctor will also take into account
other risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure.

Cholesterol/lipid levels vary/fluctuate throughout the day

How To Get Your Cholesterol Tested

If you aren't fasting when the blood sample is drawn, only the values for total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol will be usable. That's because the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol level and triglycerides can be affected by what you've recently consumed.

C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP) is a marker for inflammation, and inflammation is recognized as a major player in the development and progression of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup), which may/can lead to heart attack.

Diet and exercise may/can substantially lower CRP. Also, cholesterol-lowering or modifying drugs (statins) reduce CRP, as do aspirin (ASA), and a few other prescription drugs. Additionally, some studies have shown that fish oil may/can lower CRP as well.



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General CRP blood testing has been around for years, BUT only one kind, the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test, helps determine heart disease risk.

Patients should ask their doctors about hs-CRP specifically. With hs-CRP test results, a level above three raises major concern because it means a person's risk for heart attack is at least doubled.

Fighting Heart Disease By Monitoring Inflammation

Good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding is so very important, essential at ALL times.

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