Cardiology

Cardiology Questions Answered by Verified Cardiologists.

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Cardiology

How screwed am I at 37 if I feel breathless like how

Customer Question
irreversible is this after 20...
How screwed am I at 37 if I feel breathless like how irreversible is this after 20 years of smoking the last 12 pretty heavy ? How can I ser how bad yhe famage done thus far really is ?tests specialist etc I assume pulmonologist ?
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cardiology
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cardiology Question
Answered in 2 hours by:
7/28/2017
Cardiologist: Dr. Muneeb Ali, Intensivist replied 4 months ago
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali, Intensivist
Category: Cardiology
Satisfied Customers: 8,024
Experience: I am a certified critical care specialist with experience of working in cardiology for over 2 years including CCU and CSICU
Verified

Hi,
Welcome to JA and thanks for this question. I just came online to see that you have been waiting for some time so ill quickly answer this question for you. Actually given your history of smoking, there are two major possibilities here. One is that you may have damaged the lungs, the other is that you could have damaged the heart. Both can lead to breathlessness especially on exertion. Now regarding the lungs, if you have been smoking for 20 years then the most likely scenario is that you could have developed some form of COPD which is causing the shortness of breath. However even with 20 years of smoking the damage is not likely to be end stage but it is more likely to be in the early stages or advanced to a moderate stage. This could be emphysema or bronchitis etc. The best way to determine how severe the damage is to get the following tests done,

  • Clinical examination in which your doctor listens to your chest
  • Chest xray
  • Spirometry
  • CT scan of the lungs
  • The above tests should be done in the order i have described above, these tests will adequately determine the extent of the damage and you can be started on treatment for the problem as well

The other possibility is that you could have damaged the heart, heart failure can sometuimes develop even at this age and usually a EKG and a echocardiogram is enough to diagnose the problem

But i would suggest that you DO first see a pulmonologist and have this evaluated.

Do you have any more questions?

Please leave a POSITIVE rating by clicking on the stars above, until you do i am not compensated for my time. You can continue to ask follow-up questions even after the POSITIVE rating. You can also ask questions from me directly by going on the link below,

http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-dr-muneeb-ali/

Ask Your Own Cardiology Question
Cardiologist: Dr. Muneeb Ali, Intensivist replied 4 months ago

Would you like to know anything else? Any clarifications or additional questions that you might have, i would be happy to answer them for you. If done for now, please remember to leave a positive rating as that is the only way we are compensated for our time spent helping you. You can continue to ask follow-up questions even after the rating.

Ask Your Own Cardiology Question
Ask Dr. Muneeb Ali Your Own Question
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali, Intensivist
Category: Cardiology
Satisfied Customers: 8,024
8,024 Satisfied Customers
Experience: I am a certified critical care specialist with experience of working in cardiology for over 2 years including CCU and CSICU

Dr. Muneeb Ali is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr .Saeed ahmed

Dr .Saeed ahmed

Doctor

772 satisfied customers

MBBS/FCPS/MRCP U.K(R), Senior Registrar Cardiology

dr-lake

dr-lake

Board Certified Physician

186 satisfied customers

Cardiologist

The Cardiologist

The Cardiologist

MB, MRCP(UK), MCPS(Medicine)

126 satisfied customers

Staff Cardiologist

NorthernHeart

NorthernHeart

Board Certified MD

63 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine, Gen Cardiology, Nuclear Card, Echocard

Dr. Phil, MD

Dr. Phil, MD

Medical Doctor

4,043 satisfied customers

Cardiology Expert

Nadim Al-Mubarak

Nadim Al-Mubarak

Doctor

49 satisfied customers

MD at University Hospital Case Medical Center

urologyguru

urologyguru

MD

26 satisfied customers

I have experience in patients with issues in Cardiology as well as Urology.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cardiology Questions
My partner experiences heart pain at a certain level of
My partner experiences heart pain at a certain level of exertion, a recent ct scan shows nothing wrong also a lung X-ray was fine. A cardio condition x has been suggested and he was given daily dissol… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,070 satisfied customers
I need to ask a question to a Cardiologist or heart doctor.
Hi, I need to ask a question to a Cardiologist or heart doctor … read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,944 satisfied customers
My heart was skipping a beat after I eat breakfast like
My heart was skipping a beat after I eat breakfast like porridge when I have diverticulitis … read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,070 satisfied customers
Everytime I caugh I'm getting a pain in my heart/chest.
Hey, so everytime I caugh I'm getting a pain in my heart/chest. Should I be worried, heart rate has also been high topping out at 101 back down to 84 now.… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,944 satisfied customers
My heart has been skipping beats on and off for the past 4
My heart has been skipping beats on and off for the past 4 hours. I used a stethoscope and could hear it stop and then start back up. I have hypertension. This is keeping me awake and scary as he'll t… read more
Dr Josh
Dr Josh
Doctor
B.A.M.S.
6,156 satisfied customers
73 yr old female with heart failure diagnosis 6 yrs ago
73 yr old female with heart failure diagnosis 6 yrs ago following an acute episode of hyperthyroidism. Thyroid removed and placed on medication. A pacemaker was installed. … read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,364 satisfied customers
I yawned and stretched and felt a heart palpitation, then I
I yawned and stretched and felt a heart palpitation, then I felt a pain in my upper stomach/lower chest. Almost like the heart palpitation was still happening, but my heart rhythm was normal. The pain… read more
Dr. Hasan
Dr. Hasan
Consultant
Post-Doctoral Degree
3,616 satisfied customers
What happens if hole is found in your heart? Are there
what happens if hole is found in your heart? Are there symptons and how will be treated? … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Staff Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,216 satisfied customers
My sternum was lost to an infection following open heart
my sternum was lost to an infection following open heart surgery. muscle flaps were used to replace it. i have constant pain and frequent muscle spasms. whatcan/should i be doing for relief? my pcp re… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Medical Doctor
Doctoral Degree
4,043 satisfied customers
I was recently diagnosed with plaque in one of my heart
I was recently diagnosed with plaque in one of my heart arteries. I am 63 years old and had a calcium score 24. My cholesterol had always been below 200, I have always had low tryglicerides and high H… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Medical Doctor
Doctoral Degree
4,043 satisfied customers
My husband was recently diagnosed with heart failure and his
My husband was recently diagnosed with heart failure and his ejection fraction was 19% on admission to the hospital. We just went to his 3 month follow up and his EF is 10-15% which suggests that the … read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,944 satisfied customers
What is a heart murmer and what causes it? Some family
What is a heart murmer and what causes it? JA: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately? Customer: some family history. High blo… read more
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love
Doctoral Degree
10,386 satisfied customers
What is a normal heart rate. I had a light heart attack in
I had a light heart attack in 2012 have a stint in I also have copd … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Consultant Surgeon and Sports Medicine
Post-Doctoral Degree
32,585 satisfied customers
What can be done for a severe heart murmur. There is a
Yes there is a family history. I am fairly heathy other than I have diabeies … read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Intensivist
8,024 satisfied customers
What are the effects on the heart and smoking marijuana. I
what are the effects on the heart and smoking marijuana … read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,944 satisfied customers
If I have all the symptoms of congestive heart failure and
If I have all the symptoms of congestive heart failure and my EKG and kidney and liver tests come back as normal, what could be the problem?… read more
Dr. K.
Dr. K.
Staff physician
521 satisfied customers
I had a heart attach last year where a heart cath was
I had a heart attach last year where a heart cath was performed. Since having the heart attach, I have been experiencing numbness in my right arm, is this something I should be concerned about?… read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
742 satisfied customers
I am having heart test and my heart doctor said not for me
Hi I am having heart test and my heart doctor said not for me to take any of my pain medication is this normal … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Medical Doctor
Doctoral Degree
4,043 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x