Rakesh K. Pai MD


Rhabdomyolysis

Top of the pageRhabdomyolysisRhabdomyolysis is a process in which dying muscle cells cause the toxic buildup of certain substances in the blood. Some of these substances are creatine, myoglobin, aldolase, potassium, and lactate dehydrogenase. Left untreated,...

Heart Failure: Track Your Weight, Food, and Sodium

Use this form to record the sodium content of the foods you eat or drink each day. This record will help you see whether you are getting too much sodium in your diet. Use the Nutrition Facts on food labels to help find how much sodium you eat. You can tell when your body retains fluid by weighing yourself often. Sodium…

Dilated cardiomyopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a serious condition that weakens your heart muscle and causes it to stretch, or dilate. The heart’s upper and lower chambers (atria and ventricles) are larger than normal. When your heart muscle is weak, it can’t pump out blood as well as it should, so more blood stays in your heart after each…

Angina

Angina is a symptom of heart disease. Angina happens when there is not enough blood flow to the heart muscle. This is often a result of narrowed blood vessels, usually caused by hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Most people feel angina symptoms in their chest. The most common symptom is chest pain or…