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Dr. Gopikrishnan

Cardiologist, Chennai

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Dr. Gopikrishnan is a renowned Cardiologist in Ambattur, Chennai. You can meet Dr. Gopikrishnan personally at Om Sakthi Hospital in Ambattur, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Gopikrishnan on has an excellent community of Cardiologists in India. You will find Cardiologists with more than 25 years of experience on You can find Cardiologists online in Chennai and from across India. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.


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How Does The Heart's Electrical Conduction System Work?

M.B.B.S. , PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
How Does The Heart's Electrical Conduction System Work?

The heart's electrical conduction system plays a very important role in cardiovascular functioning. Also known as the atrioventricular (AV) conduction system, it regulates and controls the timing of the heartbeat.

How does the heart's electrical conduction system work?

There is a collection of electrical cells in the upper right atrium of the heart known as the sinoatrial (SA) node which acts as a natural pacemaker and generates electrical signals. These signals travel through specialized electrical pathways and stimulate the muscular walls of the heart to contract in a rhythmic manner. This gives rise to the heartbeat that pulses at a specific frequency every minute.

What is the effect of fluctuations in electrical activity on the heart?

The standard heart rate in human being ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. It slows down when a person sleeps and speeds up when one experiences physical or emotional heightening. These fluctuations are triggered by the brain or other systems of the body and signal the SA node to generate charges more rapidly or slowly. This leads to spikes and drops in the heart rate, depending on the nature of the situation.

What happens when there is dysfunction in the heart's electrical activity?

When the heart's electrical conduction system does not function properly, it leads to the occurrence of a condition known as arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm. This happens when electrical impulses are generated in an irregular manner and causes tachycardia (rapid heartbeats) or bradycardia (slow heartbeats) which takes place in jarring infrequent tempos.

What causes fluctuations in the heart's electrical activity?

There are various kinds of triggers that cause the heart rate to fluctuate. The exact nature of fluctuation also depends on the type of trigger. A few everyday examples of these causes are as follows:

  • Exercise and strenuous physical activity increases electrical activity as the heart is required to beat faster so as to increase the supply of blood and oxygen to the muscles.
  • Sleep and rest reduce heart rate as the body is not needed to exert itself.
  • Release of adrenaline into the bloodstream causes the heart rate to spike up. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a cardiologist.
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I have a high blood pressure may I know if I eat 3 Days a week chicken or meat then is it good because I love this food and please give me some precautions regarding this also, I m very Upset because somewhere I read that eating of chicken in 3 Days a week is very big problem for us, l, so please give me some directions and precautions please.

MD-Ayurveda, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ahmednagar
Eat fish instead of meat. Chicken also once a week you can take. Do your lipid profile send reports to help you.
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Heart Stroke - Ways You Can Prevent It!

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Heart Stroke - Ways You Can Prevent It!

A heart attack is usually characterised by the rupture of a plaque which can cause the spread of the cholesterol into the blood stream. Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of pain, suffering and death around the world, today. Heart attacks are caused by coronary heart disease.

This is caused by the narrowing of the coronary artery when substances like cholesterol block it. If not treated and revived on time, a patient suffering from a heart attack can meet a fatal result. So how can you prevent a heart attack?

  1. Cholesterol: We are all affected to some extent by what we eat. It is important to keep a check on your cholesterol, especially if it is on the higher side, so as to prevent a heart attack. Cholesterol is known to directly cause a heart attacks, because if applies layer upon layer to the walls of the artery, and chokes them until they cannot handle the pressure any longer. So watch your food intake and bring down the blood lipid or fat levels with proper diet and exercise to alleviate the risk of a heart attack.
  2. Assess your Risk Factors: So are you at risk of heart disease and possible heart attack? This will very much depend on your medical history and allied ailments. If you are suffering from high cholesterol or even diabetes, your chances of having clogged arteries and a subsequent heart attack may increase manifold. Also, you may have a family history of heart diseases which can increase the risk of such ailments in your case. So, it is wise to assess your risk factors and take measures like regular checkups, medication where required and even other measures like diet and exercise.
  3. Blood Pressure: To prevent a heart attack, you can also keep your blood pressure in check. Constant spikes and dips can lead to a malfunctioning heart which can weaken the heart muscles and lead to a fatal result like a heart attack. Further, high blood pressure can lead to wear and tear of the inner lining of your blood vessels, which makes it that much more difficult for blood flow and circulation. So keep a blood pressure measuring machine or cuff at home, or visit your doctor regularly to keep tabs on your blood pressure.

While these basic measures can help take care of the immediate and most direct causes of heart attacks, you can also avoid passive and active smoking, and indulge in a good diet with plenty of exercise to keep your heart healthy. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.

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So I'm trying to figure out if I should lose weight or now. I'm 19, 5'7 and weigh 213 lbs. I recently went to the doctor and a report I saw said normal triglyceride levels are 0-89 for my age, and my triglyceride level was 155. Should I be worried, and am I overweight?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Healthy Diet to Lose Weight Leave Carbonated Beverages Eating vegetables to lose weight Eating fruits to lose weight Stop eating sugar lose weight fast Reduce sodium lose weight Herbal Tea to lose weight Eat low calorie foods Drink plenty of water Avoid sweets Eat more vegetables U need to take a balanced diet do exercise eat more vegetables
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I would like to know the difference between Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest & Stroke? And when heart explods like a bomb?

MBBS, MD-General Medicine, DM - Cardiology
Cardiologist, Secunderabad
Heart attack is common term for Myocardial infarction, when there is 100% obstruction to blood flow in one of the blood vessels supplying heart. Cardiac arrest is sudden stoppage of heart leading to stoppage of blood circulation. This can occur with or without heart attack. Stroke is a term variously used. Some people use it for heart attack(Heart stroke) some people use it for brain stroke. There is no condition in which heart can explode like a bomb. If you swallow one, then its a different matter!!!
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From since one month am not able to concentrate on any work always I ll be in sad mood and some Wat in depression, don't like to mingle with any one before I was not like this, always one or the other thing will be running around my mind, I feel like dieing and feeling alone pls suggest some answer tat I shld be happy and feel free from mind as well as from heart. Pls answer.

General Physician, Gurgaon
Get your Thyroid function test done and review with reports This problem can be solved by meditation i can give you address of Rajyoga meditation center near your house (this is free of cost) Tell me name your city than i will give you address of centre consult Psychiatrist for further managment
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Your advice on cashew nuts. I am 65 years old retired army officer and play golf daily which involves brisk walking for about 5 km daily. I am on BP medication. My other physical parameters are good and no complaints. I am very fond of nuts. How many or how many grams cashews can I consume on a daily basis? I am scared of over eating also.

Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, the most healthiest of all nuts are almonds, followed by walnuts and pistachios. But one should always include nuts in their diet in a recommended amount. Cashew nuts have a lower fat content than most other nuts and is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which is considered to be a good fat. One should have 4 to 5 cashew nuts every day.
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Hello Doctor, after a family problem, i was spending nights sleeplessly, due to wich my digestion system got disturbed, and now it resulted in disturbed BP. Some times it shoots up to 90/150 & some times it reduces to 70/100. Kindly advice me what process & precautions to follow.

Master of Physical Therapy MPT CARDIO, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Rajkot
Dear, first you be calm and relax. If you take tension or not, matter will resolve its own time so first you be happy presently. These are the signs of stress, you do 6 days art of living workshop in that sudarshan kriya is amazing breathing technique by which your all problem will resolved. Good luck.
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What is the advantage of 'Triphala' Can it beneficial to a obesity, high-pressure, cholesterol?

Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Delhi
No. If continued for long time it can become a habit which will be difficult to break. Start eating 250 gms of salad 30 minutes before every meal. That can solve many of your problems.
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I am 49 years old and suffering from hypertension for the last 10 years. I am taking prolomet am 50 after breakfast and amlong 5mg at 5 in the evening. Feeling weakness fatigue. What to do. I am from amritsar.

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Alternative Medicine Specialist, Chandigarh
(Biochemic) biocombination no 28. Requires detailed questioning so as to ascertain your personality and to treat you symptomatically. Treatment is available, safe and without side effects in biochemic system of medication. Consult me in private.
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I'm 47 years of age. I am thin as my height is 5'7" and weight is 59 only. I have tried everything due to which cholesterol has increased. Please suggest best diet.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
Unneccessory wt gaing wt reducing efforts give other side effects on body Eat proper healthy home food Don't go for artificial powders supplyment Eat main regular food like roti dal chawal sabji ghee milk like home food In winter season you can do proper 1/2 strength exercise early in morning not in ac gyms Everyone have different body structure
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Hi I am 27 years old male and I have anxiety effect from last one month some times I am feeling like getting heart attack but it is not physically in my body during anxiety my breathing and heart pulses were increasing. And I have consulted with doctors & they were done ecg, eeg and tmt test but all reports were normal.

Ph.D - Ayurveda, FFAM-Post Graduate Fellowship, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
First of all you have to remove the all fear from your mind, be optimistic and see positive aspect in each issue. Avoid loneliness, be with family and friends. Chant some mantra of your liking like aum, aum namo shivay or aum namo bhagvate vasudevay namah or gayatri mantra regularly when ever gets time, reading of ramraksha or selected chapters of durgasptashati or hanuman chalisa. Proper sleep, exercise like morning walk, yoga and regular simple veg diet is useful, once in a week fasting or consuming only fruits 1- sarsvatarishta 15 ml + ashvagandharista 10 ml twice daily with water after food 2-daily scalp massage with almond oil before sleep 3- brahmivati 250 mg 2 tablets twice
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Hello doc. Me in very tired but very tikness and very harmful and very tordg. Please suggest doc mi there are why in me. But you no my heart bit very low. And many more. You are doc NA to please suggest. Me I'm very harmful. Your and be reddy to my qathion.

Homeopath, Thane
Take *alfa malt forte (medisynth) 1tablespoon to be taken twice a day during meals for 1mth *take grd powder 1tablespoon in 1 cup of milk, drink once a day.
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I were a smoker for 2 years nd now I left the habit. I got pain in my right chest nd cough with yellow and blood mucus in it .am so afraid that because of smoking .is there any serious problem pls reply me.

M.B.B.S. , PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
Yes it is serious problem called as chronic bronchitis Give up smoking Take analgesic fir few days A bronchodilator cough ecprctoramt can be taken.

My chest pain from 3 days & also stomach pains a lot. My heart some time choked with cough & feeling pain while breathing. Urine is dark yellow & it smells badly. What can I do? Please resolve my problem.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
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Hi, I want to say my stomach so big and my cholesterol so high. Please tell me how to control this?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hello dear High triglycerides and cholesterol can cause atherosclerotic heart disease or narrowed coronary arteries in the heart can cause the symptoms of angina, when theheart muscle is not provided with enough oxygen to function. Decreased blood supply to the brain may be due to narrowed small arteries in the brain or because the larger carotidarteries in the neck may become blocked. This can result in a transient ischmic attack or stroke. Peripheral artery disease describes gradual narrowing of the arteries that supply the legs. During exercise , if the legs do not get enough blood supply, they can develop pain , called claudication . Other arteries in the body may also be affected by plaque buildup causing them to narrow, including the mesenteric arteries to the intestine and the renal arteries to the kidney. Change life style .do meditation,yoga, Go walk daily, do any one physically activity daily any game., Avoid fast foods,oily foods,junk foods,alcohol,smoking,fatty foods, non-veg.,avoid stress,take plenty of water in day time. And 1 glass of water before bed at night. use flax oil, omega-3 fatty meal or cap., take .green veg., whole grain. Garlic,. Cod liver oil. Take anti cholesterol medicines .
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Sir I get pain in my heart in morning time before taking breakfast. Pls tell me reason and precautions I should take to avoid.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Dear it can be due to gastritis..Take 1tsf avipattikar churna twice a day empty stomach and 2 tab soothshekhar ras 30min after meals twice a day for 7 days. Get an ECG done. If u have cough then get an XRay chest done. Revert back with reports.
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I am 25 years old. I'm male. Last before 1 year up to I faced problem with lite heart pain why should its came.

General Physician, Mumbai
For pain take tablet paracetamol 650 mg and Get your vital parameters of the body checked from a nearby doctor and revert back with findings
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I had done angioplasty four years age. Regularly I am taking medicine for clostrol, diabetes, BP etc. Though I am taking diabetic medicine, my sugar level after food is around 300. What should I do?

Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Vadodara
there is three main steps to control blood sugar. 1 medicines 2 diet 3 yoga. in your case you have to start doing yoga and follow diabetic diet. diet and yoga play major role to control blood sugar level.there are some specific asana to control diabetes.more detail consult me privately.
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I am 72 years old I am taking OLSAR 20 tab daily in the morning but I am feeling dizziness in morning and evening since last 3 weeks my BP always remain normal.

Diploma in Cardiology
Cardiologist, Bhopal
If this dizziness is during getting up from bed in morning or from chair after sitting long, then avoid sudden movement /do not stand suddenly.
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