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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 886 times:


I decided to stop by a newly opened Dr's office today on the way home from work and see if they took my insurance. Well, they did and they gave me an immediate appointment for a physical. All was going well, then he listened to my heart. "You have a heart murmur. Did you know that?" Ummmm, no not quite. We discussed my heart palpitations that I have had for the last 2 years and he decided to do a quick 30 second EKG. Knock, knock on the room door 10 minutes later......
According to that I also have some electrical disorder going on with my heart Embarrassment
Now, this Friday I have to go get a sonogram of my heart at the local hospital and a stress test. He said with that combination its possible my heart isnt quite laying in the right position!?!?! What the heck does this mean!?
Crap! I just wanted to know if they took my insurance today!
What does all this potentially mean to a 31 year old female!? Crap, crap, crap..........

SWA TPA



I believe I can fly.....
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User currently offlineVSLover From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 882 times:

it means that you done good by stopping at the office today!

you are clearly in capable hands, and you should take some comfort that you have headed off any serious problems by seeing your physician!

 Smile


User currently offlineIHadAPheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 879 times:

Did the happen to say what the "electrical disorder was?.. PVC, PAC, SVT?, as to the heart laying in the wrong position this is a something I have not heard of before.

The best thing to do is have your echocardiogram and stress test and then consult with a cardiologist to get the details on your condition. After my heart attack last year (at age 40) I have to see my cardiologist every 4-6 months for a follow up.

Try to stay calm many things can be controlled with meds but it is best to talk with your own Doc and your Cardiologist.


Yours,
IHadAPheo




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User currently offlineTYSGoVols From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 634 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 875 times:

If I may offer a humble opinion. I would seek a second opinion. I am not saying the guy is incompetent by any means however, a NEW office generally means a NEW doctor.

<>< Garen



Rocky Top You'll Always be home sweet home to me, Good ole' Rocky Top WOOOOO
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 867 times:

If you have a heart murmur and an abnormal EKG, it's perfectly reasonable for the Doctor to order an echocardiogram (a sonogram of your heart) and a stress test to rule out more serious problems.

As for your heart lying in a weird position -- there are a couple of things that could mean. If your heart is being irritated because it's rubbing against a structure it normally wouldn't contact, that could be the cause of the abnormal electrical activity. The murmur could be caused by mitral valve prolapse, which is more common than most people realize, but also comes in various grades of severity. You could have a slightly enlarged heart, which would cause the Doc to think your heart is slightly out of position. Enlargement of the heart is often a silent symptom of a more serious problem.

The fact is, each one of us is built slightly different than the rest, and your Doc is just trying to make sure that your difference is still in the range of "normal function." That is, your values may be slightly off, but you're still healthy. An echocardiogram and stress test will help him determine whether everything is okay.

I'd say relax... If he thought it was something serious, you would have been admitted to the hospital. These are routine tests. Don't be alarmed if the vampires come after you, too (blood samples can show stress on the heart muscle.) Most likely, there's nothing wrong. If there is, aren't you glad you had a checkup?

Let us know how things go.
redngold



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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 867 times:


Nope, he didn't say exactly what the disorder was and I didn't realize (until now) there were different kinds to ask about  Smile
I have never heard of the position thing either. I will have to look into that. It is possible that in my sudden shock I misunderstood him. I don't think I did though.
He is also having me checked for diabetes and hypothyroidism that same day (Friday). Sheesh! Fridays gonna potentially stink!

Nervous,
SWA TPA



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 865 times:


Redngold- my uncle died from an enlarged heart at a young age. Is this a hereditary thing?

SWA TPA



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineIHadAPheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 863 times:

Trust me on this one some of the Doc's that have been in practice and have privledges in our hospital have a lot more on the ball than some of the old timers. I recently changed AF Plant 42 (PMD / KPMD), USA - California">PMD's to a Doc who just started his practice (and did not just take over a retiring docs practice) and I couldn't behappier.

Some of our best ER docs were fairly fresh after getting their ERboards and are much more cutting edge than some of our old time ER docs.



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 859 times:

I don't know if specifically enlarged hearts are hereditary, but the risk for cardiovascular disease, in general, is.

Testing for diabetes and hypothyroidism is standard if you complain of persistent fatigue. I have been tested for both, rather regularly, since I was about 21, because I have a family history of diabetes and I have persistent fatigue. More recently a family member developed thyroid disease, so I get to look out for that, too. Luckily, I recently began treatment for a different condition, and that seems to have alleviated much of the fatigue.

Just a thought -- if right now you now feel your heart racing, it's probably the anxiety you're experiencing. That's called palpitations, a somewhat normal response to anxiety, so just relax... take a deep breath... you'll be fine.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 857 times:


He graduated in 2000. My guy is the 2nd one.

http://www.patients-first.com/meetdoctors.html

I like it personally. I feel that they are new, BUT, with that comes enthusiasm for the profession still. I have been to older docs that treat you like an assembly line instead of a person. You walked out thinking, did that guy hear a word I just said? The newer ones seem to actually care and still be interested in what might be wrong with you  Smile
Just my 2 cents on that thought.

SWA TPA




I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 853 times:

By the looks of things you have a good doctor. He is a volunteer, and not only that, he is a volunteer medical educator. That sounds pretty good to me!

There's one last bit of advice I'll give you (I have to leave in a sec) -- ASK HIM YOUR QUESTIONS. Half of medical diagnosis is LISTENING to the patient. You have a right to know and understand (to the best of your ability) what is going on with your medical care, why tests are being ordered, what kind of outcome you can expect with various treatments, etc. Don't be anxious - be proactive. Ask him what's on your mind. It's his responsibility to help you understand, or to refer you to someone else who can explain it. That's the "Patient's Bill of Rights."

Good luck.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineGulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 646 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 847 times:

About 8 years ago I awoke to find my heart was beating hard and irregular so I decided to go to the emergency roon (this was about 3 am). After a series of tests and an IV shooting through my arm to try to get the rate back down (it didn't), my heartrate all of a sudden went back to normal (this was around 2 pm). It sort of puzzled the doctors (that were there on duty that morning) but later that afternoon after seeing a cardiologist, she informed me that I had SVT. This irregular heartbeat had happen before in the past but never to that extreme. Really the only time it seemed to happen is if I go to bed and sleep on my left side. I think by me putting more weight on my left side it cause too much pressure on my heart and with my SVT problem, it makes it worse. So I just sleep on my right side or back and I haven't had a "attack" in about 4 or 5 years.

I give blood every 2 months so I always get my blood pressure checked. This is very helpful to me because I am able to keep track if it goes up or down. It is always normal. Thank goodness.

GulfstreamGuy



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User currently offlineTYSGoVols From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 634 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 845 times:

I didn't mean it to sound as though I meant he was a bad docotr or that older doctors are better. It is just sometimes the new doctors are still feeling out teh actual act of bein gin practice. I have had both good old and young Dr.'s I would just get a second opinion though. As far as murmors being hereditary. I do believe there is a link not totaly sure though.

<>< Garen



Rocky Top You'll Always be home sweet home to me, Good ole' Rocky Top WOOOOO
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 837 times:

GulfstreamGuy- That kinda happened to me but not to that extent. I too was sleeping on my left side and the wild irregular beating woke me up out of a dead sleep. I remember thinking, ok, if this doesn't stop I am going to end up dyeing right here in bed in the middle of the night never being able to say goodbye to anyone. I laid there like that for what seemed like an eternity and then I rolled over.......a few more odd beats and then back to normal.
Looks like I just might make it thru the night, I thought to myself as I drifted back off.

SWA TPA



I believe I can fly.....
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