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My 12 year old heart

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  • Posted By: Patrick Kimball
  • September 28, 2006
  • 02:49 PM

My son went to the Dr. for chest pain, abdominal pain, dyspnea and multiple PAC. I was unable to get to the doctor with him.

I don't know what all this may mean.
He was scheduled by the Dr. to see a specialist at Childrens hosp. in Omaha the 18th (that was the earliest possible time).

I can handle any help you can provide. I'm sure their are many directions this could go but I was told of a "sense of urgency."

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  • I am very sorry about your son's illness. That must be a terror for both of you. Is he in immediate crisis? Does he have supplimental o2 for the dyspensia? If he is in crisis, take him to the ER. If you were told there was an sense of urgency - you must call the Dr one more time and demand an immediate appointment. Go over his head if you must. "Act out" if you must. Turn "Crazy Parent" if you have to. You do what ever you have to do to get your child seen ASAP. Call the newspapers, the local TV.This may be exactly why you where blessed with this child. The universe knew that you would be the one to do what ever needs to be done to get that boy help.Good luck & take care.L4M
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 28, 2006
    • 11:45 PM
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  • I'm sorry to hear about your son. This sounds like it might be a mitral valve prolapse. I know that a mitral valve prolapse can cause chest pain, arrythmias, and shortness of breath. Mitral valve prolapse is relatively benign just symptomatic. I hope everything turns out well for you and your son and it might be best to try again to get an earlier appointment for him just in case it's something more serious. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 01:08 AM
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  • i am sorry you and your family are going through this. it must be hard to be "mommy" and watch your little boy knowing you can't "fix it". i do not have a diagnosis for you, but i can answer a couple of your questions. PAC stands for "Premature Atrial Contraction". and what that means is that there is a disturbance in the timing of when the heart is suppose to contract and then relax. there is a plumbing system in the heart (the coronary arteries) this is what is involved with a heart attack. the cardiologists take care of the "plumbing" with things like stents or angioplasy, and of course medicine. the other system is the electrical system. this is made of the SA node the AV node and travels down bundle of His and purkinge fibers. just know the SA node tells atrium (top part of heart to pump) the AV node works telling the bottom part (ventricles) to pump. lub dub lub dub (S1S2). there are doctors that specialize in the electrical part of the heart, called EPS (Electrophysiologists) and they are cardiologists. the PAC's are not something lethal as a matter of fact we all throw off beats no and then. what i suspect (by no means diagnosing) is that he may be having "runs" or episodes of this kind of heart rhythm and as a result he gets pain with breathing and chest pain. this happens because the heart is not "PUMPING" effectivly enough to get all the blood and oxygen out to the organs and tissues. lack of oxygen to a site will result in some pain. there are so many reasons people have these different rhythms.. most of the dysrhythmias like this can be treated with medicine and if they know what is causing it for example a breathing problem, if they fix the breathing problem the heart problem will resolve, PLEASE know i am not giving you a diagnosis or treatment. this is a guess only. you may find it is a congenital defect or a valve defect...many of these problems have a solution. i want you to know that. until you see this doc- just keep an eye on him and if you get scared call an ambulance. i promise none of us in the medical field would think that a bad decision. ..... you will always receive care for that child. listen to that mother's instinct...i don't see that i t has failed you yet. i will be thinking of him..god bless.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 07:34 AM
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