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Heart Health Questions and Answers

Lisa Nelson - Heart Health and Weight Loss ExpertVital Health Zone is proud to announce Lisa Nelson, who is our resident heart health and weight loss expert and who is available to answer questions about heart health and weight loss.

Lisa has a private practice and is available for distance consultation, via telephone or email, as well as consultation at her practice.

Lisa answers all your heart health and weight loss questions below:


Q: I've led a sedentary life working on computers before owning my Total Gym exercise unit.

I notice when using it, I get sharp electrical type pains in my chest area which I've never felt before.

I'm obese and 61 yrs old and not on any medications but am taking supplements for heart, thyroid and multivitamins.

I grill or microwave my food and eat minimal meats.

My father and his mother both died of heart attack and both were obese. Could this be a sign that I too have a heart condition?


A: I recommend you make an appointment to visit your medical doctor to investigate your chest pains, to determine if they are being caused by a heart condition.

Any type of chest pain should be investigated by your medical physician to rule out any heart condition (or diagnose it). Your doctor will need to perform a number of tests to determine the cause of your chest pain and advise you on treatment for your specific situation. This is the only way to diagnose a heart condition (or rule it out).

In the meantime, if you notice any pain in your chest while you are exercising, you should stop what you are doing and rest. If the pain becomes worse, seek immediate medical attention.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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