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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 28, 2007
  • 00:48 AM

all started on boxing day i awoke feeling short of breath felt like i was starting to black out, went to ER they done some blood tests come back fine and sent me home.
A week later lying in bed i got major heart pulpatations the next day i started getting tingling on my left arm like pins and needles and tingling on left side of face along with dizzy spells an fataige, i also started to get a tightning around my throat area but lymph nodes were fine.I went to doctor an had a ecg which come back normal he told me every thing was weight related,but im six foot an 110 kgs but of athletic build i have also noticed i get pain now an then in my left calf muslcle but its not like a strain.ive got my own stethoscope so i started listining to my heart some times its normal dub dub rythem but some times every maybe ten beats it only has first dub then starts new beat.A couple of weeks ago i started having what felt like heart flutters my heart would move and it would take my breath for a second but they stoped over three days. Ive been taking low dose asprin for about eight weeks they seem to make me feel better but today i stoped taking them to see if there actually making me worse.Some times i just feel so sick but not in my stomic doctors dont take it seriously because of my age i dont no what to do please help i dont wont to leave my kids alone.

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  • Doctors are unbelievably igonrant when it comes to young people and "aging" diseases such as heart problems. There is absolutely no reason someone 25 can't get the same problem/disease as someone 85, yet these specialists and GPs act as if anyone under a certain age must be suffering from anxiety or a cold. My advice is to go to a Cardiologist and demand an Exercise Stress Test, an Echocardiogram (note this is an ultrasound procedure- ECHO-, not Electro like EKG), a chest X-Ray, and possibly a Halter or Event Monitor. It's possible that you are in fact, just anxious (anxiety attacks can have all the symptoms of a heart attack) OR it could be evident that you may have a real problem. Don't let the doctor dismiss you just because you're young- they're not the ones with the problem so they really don't care. You do seem to be overweight however, even with an athletic build. Have you asked for any kind of Glucose (blood sugar) testing? Diabetes can cause heart related issues as well as nerve related problems. Make SURE you tell your doctor(s) about the Asprin though. Anything they might perscribe you (if they do perscribe anything) could be dangerous to take inconjunction with an NSAID.
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  • thank u so much for ur advice ill keep pushing for further tests bless u
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  • No problem. I've gone through similar things and had doctors ignore my problems- I'm 24. The medical community is close-minded by nature and so, when someone "atypical" presents certain symptoms, their mind tends to go to anything BUT that. Heart disease runs in my family, and I've been to the doctor for heart related issues only to hear, "Well you're so young that's not possible." So I demanded to be referred to a cardiologist just to "be sure". Unfortunately the cardiologist was almost just as dismissive, but he DID run the tests. High blood pressure is probably the #1 issue doctors ignore. TONS of studies show that young people who have high blood pressure (or even "white collar syndrome") are at high risk of developing heart disease, yet doctors tend to ignore the readings. Studies also show that heart disease tends to start early in women yet, once again, doctors don't really focus on it. Unless you're in bad shape, over 50, and coming in for chest pains, it's like you have to fight to have any cardiac-related symptom taken seriously. Anxiety-related issues also don't help the situation, because most of the time "heart problems" are in fact anxiety related, and so doctors pratically learn to "ignore" the issue entirely and just go straight to anxiety. That's why you need to push for the additional testing-just to make sure. Your life is too important to let some Coat spend 5 minutes listening to your heart and lungs and "rule" on your condition. Just to expand a bit on the tests mentioned-An echocardiogram involves placing a jelly-like substance on your chest, and a technician rolling a "wand" type device over the area so they can take images of your heart beating. This allows doctors to see if there are any problems with the valves opening or closing, any kind of circulation issues, etc.The Halter Monitor or Event Monitor is something you wear. Some of them only record the "sounds" of your heart whereas I've heard "high-end" models apparently have a running EKG as well; I've only had the former of the two. Anyway, with the halter monitor you basically wear it and the device records everything. With an event monitor you push a button when you feel a symptom. Both require you to keep a log of what you are doing when the symptoms occur, and to write down the time so the doctor can look at that specific part of the recording when its returned. The Exercise Stress Test is literally just having you run on a treadmill exercise machine with electrodes hooked up. Technicians can monitor your heart rate under stress (in this case the exercise is the stress) and check things like how long it takes your resting heart rate to return to normal. The best part of it is knowing that, should anything go wrong, you're IN a heart-specialist facility and so they know EXACTLY what to do. I was a bit worried about the stress test with my symptoms (fear of "what if I have a problem and something happens?") but immediately relaxed when I realised where I was. I hope everything goes OK!
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