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Having chest pain and dry cough. Is this related to heart problem?

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my sister just called me and is having mild left side chest pain , has a dry cough,and sob does a dry cough go with heart problems ? She has ni history of heart problems , but our mother had chf .
Posted Sat, 20 Oct 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Anil Grover 1 hour later
Hi there,
Thanks for writing.
I am a qualified and certified cardiologist. I read your brief mail with diligence.
History of chest pain and history of heart problems with shortness of breath and dry cough is insufficient for me to venture to make a diagnosis.
If you could be elaborate on these symptoms, enclose the EKG or EKG report and what your primary doctor says then I will be able to suggest the line of treatment.
At any age, following is the list of risk factors for future development of Coronary Artery Disease. Let me enumerate and you can place yourself the risk your sister is carrying ('*' means you have the risk factor, '+/-' means I do not know and about others you know better):-

1. Diabetes +/-
2. Hypertension+/- (How long? What drugs?)
3. Smoking+/-
4. Stress-/+ (What is your personal perception about her anxiety?)
5. Obesity and Sedentary Life Style+/- (How much exercise you do?)
6. High Bad Cholesterol and Lipid Component +/- (State so if you do not know)
Total Cholesterol above 190 mg%, LDL above 130 mg%, VLDL above 40 mg%,
Triglycerides above 150 mg%, Apolipoprotein B above reference value
7. Low Good Cholesterol and Lipid Component: +/-
Apolipoprotein a below reference range for the lab and
HDL below 40 mg% for man & and 50 mg% for woman
8. Family History 0f Coronary Heart Disease*(If any blood relative has it)
9. Increasing age*
10. Being a Man (as opposed to women) till the age 45*
With best wishes. Looking forward for hearing from you.
Dr Anil Grover,
M.B.;B.S, M.D. (Internal Medicine) D.M.(Cardiology)
http://www/ WWW.WWWW.WW
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