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Dr. Rakesh Gopal

MBBS, MD - Cardiology, DM - Cardiology

Cardiologist, Chennai

19 Years Experience  ·  1000 at clinic
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Dr. Rakesh Gopal is an experienced Cardiologist in Teynampet, Chennai. Doctor has over 19 years of experience as a Cardiologist. Doctor has completed MBBS, MD - Cardiology, DM - Cardiology . You can visit him/her at Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital in Teynampet, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Rakesh Gopal and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - Madras Medical College, Madras University, Chennai - 1999
MD - Cardiology - Madras University - 2004
DM - Cardiology - Madras University - 2006
Professional Memberships
Indian Medical Association (IMA)

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Hi sir, last 10 day I'm suffering from chest pain on left side whenever taking breath in or out what should I do.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Hi sir, last 10 day I'm suffering from chest pain on left side whenever taking breath in or out what should I do.
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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Is there any way to control high blood pressure. His blood pressure is 250, 140. Any suggestions, tips to control high BP. Also he is having blood vomits due to high BP. Please suggest.

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Is there any way to control high blood pressure. His blood pressure is 250, 140.
Any suggestions, tips to control hig...
In ayurveda, Hypertension is referred to as Rakta Capa Vriddhi and it sees the vitiation of vata and pitta doshas as the main cause...take sarpgandha vati twice a day...yogendra ras...akik bhasm works very good in case of hypertension....avoid salty diet...oily food...lower your stress...do pranayama early morning...
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I'm a 17 year old girl, and have been experiencing sharp pain under my left breast when I breathe in. I thought it was a symptom of a heart attack, but I'm not experiencing nausea, anxiety, clammy skin, tiredness, etc. I have a little congestion in my chest of phlegm, and had a cough two weeks ago. I took nebulizer to solve my cough, but what should I do to solve this issue? Please help.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Noida
I'm a 17 year old girl, and have been experiencing sharp pain under my left breast when I breathe in. I thought it wa...
Hello lybrate user regarding your pain in breast is not similar to heat pain and each and every pain is not heart attack. It may be because of gaseous discomforts or dry coughing. I would like to advise you to follow the regular routines of getting all dietary measures and daily behaviours -as well as yoga and exercise every day. Hot water sipping boiled with ginger, saumph and ajwayan every one hour for whole day. Use light diets and soups of carrots and beetroot with moong daal soups fried with cumin seeds and ghee and garlic. Oil massage over effected parts twice daily. Avoid oily or junk food stuff, sour products e. G. Pickles etc and nonveg. Make sure about your bowel should be cleared every day.
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My dad is 56 now, having High blood pressure for last 18 years. But he maintains good diet and maintains Blood pressure too by using NEBICARD SM and OLMETOR 20mg tablets, some time the BP levels will be like 130/65 like that is it suggestible to use both tablets or else can discontinue?

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
My dad is 56 now, having High blood pressure for last 18 years. But he maintains good diet and maintains Blood pressu...
In ayurveda, Hypertension is referred to as Rakta Capa Vriddhi and it sees the vitiation of vata and pitta doshas as the main cause...take sarpgandha vati twice a day...yogendra ras...akik bhasm works very good in case of hypertension....avoid salty diet...oily food...lower your stress...do pranayama early morning....
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How can we control the cholesterol in women. With out using of allopathic medicines. Like regarding food diet and other things?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
How can we control the cholesterol in women. With out using of allopathic medicines. Like regarding food diet and oth...
First you have to controle your diet. 1.drink warm water after every diet. 2.strictly avoid oily food. 3. Use olive oil or canola oil for preparing food. 4. Drink gugglu tea in morning. 5. Some work out. For ayurvedic treatment consult me.
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Hello doc Yesterday checked my bp and now its 180. Now am only age 24. How to reduce bp naturally. What are the cause of high BP. Am also a bipolar disorder patient and now taken encorate 400 daily? If mental disorder increase Bp? please help meee.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Hello doc
Yesterday checked my bp and now its 180. Now am only age 24. How to reduce bp naturally. What are the cause...
Hi Chikku.. it can be perfectly managed by homoeoapthic treatment plus it can also help in Bipolar disorder.... It needs details about you to find out such powerful medicine... you may consult through lybrate for the treatment... Will guide you further... Till then take Rauwolfia Q 10 drops tds.
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How can we control blood pressure without taking English medicine? she's now taking nebistar sa. Please advice.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
How can we control blood pressure without taking English medicine? she's now taking nebistar sa. Please advice.
Hi, Take Rauvolfia 1x, 2 tabs daily morning empty stomach and 1 tab in the evening. Drink plenty of liquids and cut down your fat, salt and sugar intake. go for a morning walk daily at least for 30 minute. Take a sound sleep and try to avoid anger. Home remedies to Control high BP:-1. Bananas are one fruit that people with high blood pressure can eat regularly to control it. Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium.So, try to eat one or two bananas daily. Along with bananas, you can try dried apricots, raisins, orange juice, spinach, baked sweet potatoes. 2. Eat one or two crushed garlic cloves daily. You can simply crush them with your hands. Crushing garlic cloves creates hydrogen sulfide, a compound that promotes good blood flow, removes gas and reduces the pressure on the heart.If you do not like eating raw garlic or if it causes a burning sensation, then take it along with a cup of milk. You can also mix five or six drops of garlic juice in four teaspoons of water and take it twice a day.
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My father age is 49 and he suffers from Blood Pressure since last two days. When I check her BP it was about 139/92. What he had to take medicines or he may control her bp by walking and maintaining sodium in food? And he is also suffers from body pain at the back and on the leg.

MBBS, MD (Gen. Medicine), DM (Cardiology)
Cardiologist, Delhi
My father age is 49 and he suffers from Blood Pressure since last two days. When I check her BP it was about 139/92. ...
Lifestyle adjustments like being active, regular walks and low salt food helps in controlling BP Along with these keep regular watch on BP, might or might not need medication Also check his kidney function for any other reason for high BP.
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My BP is 150/90. My age is 28 years and weight - 90 kg. Also I have asthma. Kindly suggest some medicines to lower the blood pressure. Or is it OK if I will not take any medicines for this.

MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
My BP is 150/90. My age is 28 years and weight - 90 kg. Also I have asthma. Kindly suggest some medicines to lower th...
reduce weight to 70 kg, reduce salt intake, do yoga/ meditation. Good control of asthma by asthma controller medication by inhalation with spacer
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Diet After Angioplasty

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diet After Angioplasty

You may need to have an angioplasty if the carotid artery in your neck becomes blocked. During angioplasty, your surgeon will place a small tube through an incision in your groin and guide it up to your neck at the site of the blockage. The surgeon will then place a stent – a balloon-like device – in the artery to widen it and relieve the blockage. Because blocked arteries cause you to have a high risk for heart attack and other cardiovascular events, your doctor is likely to recommend a special diet to help your recovery.

Clear liquids

Immediately following your surgery, your doctor will likely place you on a clear liquid diet. This diet may only be for a few hours following your procedure, to allow your body to rest. Foods allowed on a clear liquid diet include water, plain tea and coffee, ice pops without fruit chunks and thin broths. As soon as your doctor feels appropriate, he will upgrade your diet.

Full liquids

If you are still experiencing negative symptoms of your anesthesia, such as nausea or vomiting, your doctor might decide to put you on a full liquid diet to ease your stomach discomfort. This diet includes all foods allowed on the clear liquid diet, as well as semi-liquid foods like pudding, yogurt, milk, cream of wheat and cream soups. While this is often a helpful step in the transition of your diet after surgery, your doctor may choose to skip full liquids and progress directly to a regular diet if you only have a short hospital stay.

Low fat diet

To protect your heart and arteries from further problems, a diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol is the recommendation. You should make this diet a permanent lifestyle change. While you still need some fat in your diet, try to keep total fat under 30 percent of your daily calories, and keep saturated fat under 7 percent. Choose low-fat food options, including lean meats and low-fat dairy.


Low sodium

In addition to your low-fat diet, your doctor might recommend a low-sodium diet. This is because sodium causes fluid retention, which can build up around your heart and cause heart failure. To protect your heart, you should only consume between 1,500 and 2,300 mg of sodium daily. Sodium is in many processed and prepackaged foods; limit your sodium intake by cooking with fresh ingredients. Always look for the sodium content on nutrition labels. If it contains 5 percent of the daily value or less, it is low in sodium.

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Is there a permanent method for lowering cholesterol levels. Should I continue medication for the rest of my life or for a specific period thanks for the help.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Is there a permanent method for lowering cholesterol levels. Should I continue medication for the rest of my life or ...
Treatment depends on the symptoms and any major untoward incident in your life and if you can control it without medication than it's better to get it checked every six months.
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C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Omega-3 in fish:Eating fish helps your heart

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are good for your heart. Find out why the heart-healthy benefits of eating fish usually outweigh any risks.

If you're worried about heart disease, eating one to two servings of fish a week could reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack.

For many years, the American Heart Association has recommended that people eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. Doctors have long believed that the unsaturated fats in fish, called omega-3 fatty acids, are the nutrients that reduce the risk of dying of heart disease. However, more recent research suggests that other nutrients in fish or a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients in fish may actually be responsible for the health benefits from fish.

Some people are concerned that mercury or other contaminants in fish may outweigh its heart-healthy benefits. However, when it comes to a healthier heart, the benefits of eating fish usually outweigh the possible risks of exposure to contaminants. Find out how to balance these concerns with adding a healthy amount of fish to your diet.

What are omega-3 fatty acids, and why are they good for your heart?

Fish contain unsaturated fatty acids, which, when substituted for saturated fatty acids such as those in meat, may lower your cholesterol. But the main beneficial nutrient appears to be omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that may reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk, reduce irregular heartbeats, and in children may improve learning ability. Eating at least one to two servings a week of fish, particularly fish that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death.

Does it matter what kind of fish you eat?

Fatty fish, such as salmon, lake trout, herring, sardines and tuna, contain the most omega-3 fatty acids and therefore the most benefit, but many types of seafood contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

Are there any kinds of fish you should avoid?

Some fish, such as tilapia and catfish, don't appear to be as heart healthy because they contain higher levels of unhealthy fatty acids. Keep in mind that any fish can be unhealthy depending on how it's prepared. For example, broiling or baking fish is a healthier option than is deep-frying.

Some researchers are concerned about eating fish produced on farms as opposed to wild-caught fish. Researchers think antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals used in raising farmed fish may cause harmful effects to people who eat the fish.

How much fish should you eat?

For adults, at least two servings of omega-3-rich fish a week are recommended. A serving size is 3.5 ounces (99 grams), or about the size of a deck of cards. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and young children should limit the amount of fish they eat because they're most susceptible to the potential effects of toxins in fish.

The risk of getting too much mercury or other contaminants from fish is generally outweighed by the health benefits that omega-3 fatty acids have. The main types of toxins in fish are mercury, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The amount of toxins depends on the type of fish and where it's caught.

Mercury occurs naturally in small amounts in the environment. But industrial pollution can produce mercury that accumulates in lakes, rivers and oceans, which turns up in the food fish eat. When fish eat this food, mercury builds up in the bodies of the fish.

Large fish that are higher in the food chain ? such as shark, tilefish, swordfish and king mackerel ? tend to have higher levels of mercury than do smaller fish. Larger fish eat the smaller fish, gaining higher concentrations of the toxin. The longer a fish lives, the larger it grows and the more mercury it can collect.

Pay attention to the type of fish you eat, how much you eat and other information such as state advisories. Each state issues advisories regarding the safe amount of locally caught fish that can be consumed.

Should anyone avoid eating fish because of the concerns over mercury or other contaminants?

If you eat enough fish containing mercury, the toxin can accumulate in your body. It can take as long as a year or more for your body to remove these toxins. Mercury is particularly harmful to the development of the brain and nervous system of unborn children and young children. For most adults, however, it's unlikely that mercury would cause any health concerns.

Still, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that these groups limit the amount of fish they eat:

Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Breast-feeding mothers
Young children
Pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and children can still get the heart-healthy benefits of fish by eating fish that's typically low in mercury, such as salmon, and limiting the amount they eat to:

No more than 12 ounces (340 grams) of fish in total a week
No more than 6 ounces (170 grams) of canned tuna a week
No amount of any fish that's typically high in mercury (shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish)
Are there any other concerns related to eating fish?

Several recent studies have linked high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood to an increased risk of prostate cancer. But, these studies weren't conclusive, and more research needs to be done to confirm this link. Talk with your doctor about what this potential risk might mean to you.

Can you get the same heart-health benefits by eating other foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, or by taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements?

Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients appears to provide more heart-healthy benefits than does using supplements. Other non fish food options that do contain some omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, soybeans and soybean oil. However, similar to supplements, the evidence of heart-healthy benefits from eating these foods isn't as strong as it is from eating fish.

I am 34 years male staying in hill area and suffering from high blood pressure and I am taking amlong a as a medicine bt I am facing swelling in legs. Is it ok to take amlong or if I take other medicine .i m 85 kg and 5 ft. 7 inches height .plz suggest.

PhD, Human Energy Fields, Diploma in PIP, EFI, Aura scanning for Health evaluation; Energy field assessment, Fellowship Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehabilitation, MD (Ayur - Mind Body Med), Mind Body Medicine
Non-Invasive Conservative Cardiac Care Specialist, Pune
I am 34 years male staying in hill area and suffering from high blood pressure and I am taking amlong a as a medicine...
Dear lybrate-user. You need to evaluate why your legs are swelling before you can change or add any medication. Do not take any new medicines without doctors recommendations. Regards.
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I am suffering from severe thigh pain. I am diabetic for past 31 years. Sugar levels are under control.I am having hypertension also. For thigh pain I am taking GABANTIN-100. Can I continue? What are its side effects G

MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Coimbatore
There is no point in masking the pain we have to find the root cause and deal it than only the problem will get solved. You could have a radiculopaty or neuropathy you have to answer several questions before i come to a diagnosis gabapentin will have a masking effect on the nervous system it may make you drowsy. Consult privately to have detailed discussion and solution
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What is the best diet that reduces fat or cholesterol but maintain other supplements of my body?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
What is the best diet that reduces fat or cholesterol but maintain other supplements of my body?
You can control cholesterol / hdl / ldl/t.g. and obesity by using following flax oil, omega-3 fatty meal or cap., take . green veg., whole grain foods, spicy foods, Use GARLIC in foods daily ,. Cod liver oil. Low sugar foods, low calories foods. Change own life style . do meditation,yoga, Go walk daily in morning and evening, do any one physically activity daily i.e. play any game., Avoid fast foods, oily foods, alcohol,smoking, fatty foods, non-veg., avoid stress, take plenty of water in day time. These are helful also reduced obesity. one important that is take 1 glass of water before bed at night. Because it protect from heart fail during sleep at night. Welcome in lybrate.
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My husband has high blood pressure readings. Over 160/100. He is 43, and weighs 90 kg. For the past 40 days, he has been taking medicine to lower the BP (Prolomet XL. But all weekly readings are still hovering in the range of 150/100 to 165/115. What could be the reason? Is it necessary to take this medicine, or can this situation be managed otherwise? Please advise.

MBBS, Diploma in Cardiology
Cardiologist, Muzaffarpur
My husband has high blood pressure readings. Over 160/100. He is 43, and weighs 90 kg. For the past 40 days, he has b...
You need to take amlong 5 mg in addition to prolomet XL. Then let me know after 7 days. Check bp regularly and take low salt low fat diet.
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I have total cholesterol 239 LDL 161 HDL 41, sugar pressure are normal, I am 33, is it necessary to take statin?

ICR Study, M. B. S.(H)
Homeopath, Mumbai
I have total cholesterol 239 LDL 161 HDL 41, sugar pressure are normal, I am 33, is it necessary to take statin?
How's your activity levels what's your profession. If you are active and exercising regularly. Then no need of stations. Of course family history is also important for me further to advise you and how your nature of work all are important to know. It's statins.
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What is the symtrom of heart doses? What I should I do when heart attack and where to vgo?

AUTLS, CCEDM, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
What is the symtrom of heart doses? What I should I do when heart attack and where to vgo?
Heart attack can present in variety of ways ranging from chest pain ,neck pain,jaw pain ,to abdominal pain or palpitations with profuse sweating and feeling of impending doom.... At time of suspected attack ask the pt to cough voluntarily so that blood supply to brain is maintained even by failing heart...give him sorbitrate and ecosprin to be kept beneath tongue ..then take him to hospital immediately
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I am suffering from cough for last 4 days, I have chest pain whenever I cough, can you say me a solution to this?

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
I am suffering from cough for last 4 days, I have chest pain whenever I cough, can you say me a solution to this?
Take bryonia 30 - twice daily for 3 days and revert back. Also drink plenty of warm fluids to relieve congestion.
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I am 52 years, male, BP normally 120-130/80, Fasting Glucose (blood) 94 mg/dl, PP glucose 133 mg/dl, serum Total cholesterol 217, HDL 43, LDL 145, Triglycerides 141 mg/dl. Kindly advise for improvement. Thank you.

DNB (Medicine), MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
I am 52 years, male, BP normally 120-130/80, Fasting Glucose (blood) 94 mg/dl, PP glucose 133 mg/dl,  serum Total cho...
Hi, your parameters are reasonably good. You do need to take statins for your cholesterol which is slightly high. Get your lft and cpk checked.
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