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    Pain on left of my neck associated with a discomfort in Chest
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    rkshnair posted:
    had a pain on left of my neck and lower jaw, Also kind of discomfort in chest (not pain) Kind of heaviness in the chest area. I consulted a doctor and tested Echo, TMT and a complete blood test. Everything looks fine except my cholesterol level. Doctor told me like my cholesterol level is on border and my LDL count is 120. During the time checkup my pulse was also in a higher side about in 90's. And now it is normal and the current pulse rate lies in 70's.So my doubt is Can change in Cholesterol level leads to these issues. Is there anything to fear, What all are the followup actions i need to take.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "TMT "

    A nuclear stress test is better than a standard treadmill-only stress test.

    There's also non-invasive 64-slice Cardiac CT allows doctors to view/examine the heart and the coronary arteries in never-before-seen detail.

    Far better yet, the new blazingly fast (benefit of less radiation exposure to the patient, and less contrast media) 320-slice Cardiac CT scanners can measure subtle changes in blood flow, or minute blockages forming in blood vessels, no bigger than the average width of a toothpick (1.5 mm) in the heart, and the brain.

    "Can change in Cholesterol level leads to these issues?"

    Over time, and of course, depending on how high the levels are, it can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.

    As reported, the symptoms of artery-narrowing atherosclerosis are highly variable. Those with mild atherosclerosis may present with clinically important symptoms and signs of disease and heart attack, or absolute worst case scenario, sudden cardiac death (SCD) may be the first and only symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, many individuals with anatomically advanced disease may have no symptoms and experience no functional impairment.

    Heart-Healthy Foods

    Nothing complicated, just plain and simple

    AVOID foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. CHOOSE skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. LIMIT servings to five to seven ounces a day. TRIM visible fat. Limit egg yolks. SUBSTITUTE two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. USE LESS salt and fat. SEASON WITH herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter.


    Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke

    Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, typically affecting the carotid, coronary and peripheral arteries, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation) , diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second and thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).


    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



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