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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hi Doc I had some blood work done for a insurance policy can u tell me what it means
Doctor :   yes, please proceed
User :   ok AST was effected due to hemolysis ALT was 79 GGT was 56 is this bad?
Doctor :   this is raised but not bad , it will get to normal if you reduce the fats in food
User :   slight hemolysis cdt invalid due to hemolysis .0000sp
User :   I have been a pretty heavy drinker for a long time does this mean anything like liver damage?
User :   I googled this and i am getting alot of varying information most of it is not good
Doctor :   yes, it does
User :   liver damage?
Doctor :   these tests indicate the wellbeing of the liver
User :   so how bad is it I am very worried since i have googled this
Doctor :   since the liver is involved in fat and alcohol digestion , we can attribute the cause around them
User :   I have stopped drinking since getting these results will this help
Doctor :   yews, it will help
User :   ok like i said i am very worried how bad is this
Doctor :   no , not much serious , but have to take necessary steps soon before it gets worse
User :   so this is a wake up call to stop per se
Doctor :   yes, it is
User :   are there any other tests I should have done or do you think I am just overly worried?
Doctor :   get GGT levels in the blood they will clearly tel whether its due to alcohol or due to any other cause like hepatitis or due to cholesterol
User :   my GGT was 56
Doctor :   ok, fine , but repeat it in the early mornings for atleast two times ,
User :   ok
User :   my hdl was 27 ldl 127 and triglycerides 248
Doctor :   if its still normal as above then you may need to consult a gasteroenetologist to get examined to find other causes
User :   could this be part of the problem as well?
Doctor :   the lipid analysis is quite borderline
Doctor :   yes, they could be a part
Doctor :   but a clinical examination may help more along with these tests
User :   ok ao get retested and schedule a visit
Doctor :   yes, fine
User :   well doc than you after reading google i thought i was dying
Doctor :   no, please do not depend on net for answers , not always the facts written by experienced doctors
Doctor :   they mislead a lot
User :   As I just learned you have probably just saved me from a heart attack from stress as well
Doctor :   do ,not worry
Doctor :   i m clear in my advice and facts i gave you
User :   Thank You Sir for the advice that is all I had to ask
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
User :   absolutely bye
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