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Aches And Pains: Why Your Doctor Needs To Know

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Dr. Kahlon explains why patients need to share all of their symptoms with their doctors, even the ones that do not seem relevant. Dr. Jaskamal Kahlon is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Echocardiography, Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine and cares for patients at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Kahlon:
These are a few things you need to know when you see your physician or your ER healthcare professional who is going to take care of you that you need to mention.

Always mention your family history, that you have history of heart disease. If you do have history of heart disease it’s very important to mention that that there is family history of heart disease at a young age in your family. It’s always very important to mention what brings on your symptom. Is it food which brings on your symptom? Is it activity which brings on your symptoms? Is it emotional distress? What is it that brings on your symptoms?

And also, when you do develop symptoms, what is it that you do that makes your symptoms go away? Is it acid medicine that you take and makes your symptoms go away or is it that you stop walk and your pain goes away or if you lay down and your pain goes away. So what makes your discomfort or tightness in your chest bring on and go away is very important.

It’s also very important to mention things which may not look like heart symptoms, like just arm pain, and I have a very interesting story of a patient who has been seeing her physician for multiple visits and never really mentioned her symptoms to him.

She had history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and she just had a little fatigue but no other real symptoms that she thought were important, but when she showed up in ER and we took a more detailed history she said that she has been having this elbow discomfort. So there is a discomfort just right around her elbow which comes on when she walks and goes away when she rests but she never thought anything off it because she moves her hands and she thought you know, maybe there’s a little arthritis and that’s causing my symptoms, but remember the story is that her symptoms were coming with activity and they are going away with rest.

So if your symptoms, whatever the nature is, if they come with activity and go away with rest, we need to consider heart disease in the right setting of your family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes. So, make sure you mention those relationships of your symptoms in upper body to the physician so that they know what your symptoms really are and do not make diagnostic decisions presenting your symptoms to the doctor. Tell him the really true raw story instead of embellishing it with what do you think is the cause of it.

About Dr. Jaskamal Kahlon, M.D.:
Dr. Jaskamal Kahlon is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Echocardiography, Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine. He completed his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency at the St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Emory University and his Residency in Cardiology.

Conditions: Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiomyopathy, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Heart Attack

Related Terms: Artherosclerotic Stenosis, Arrhythmia, Red Rice Yeast, Statin Therapy, Hypertension, Hip to Waist Ration, Arterial Blockage, Plaque, Blod Clot,
Chest Tightness, Shortness of Breath, Stent, EKG, Heart Bypass Surgery

Expert: Dr. Jaskamal P. S. Kahlon, Jaskamal P S Kahlon, M.D., Heart Expert Dr. Kahlon, Cardiologist, Internist

Expertise: Peripheral Artery Disease, Heart Disease Risks, Heart Disease Management, Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome, Heart Disease Prevention, Blood Pressure Testing, Cholesterol Testing, Robotic Catheter Ablation, Coronary Artery Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Arrhythmia

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