Oct 2009 Got severe flu type illness, completely bedridden for 7 days. Did not wake to drink, eat, or go to bathroom. Prior to illness I was able to swim and run 2 miles every morning. Since being ill have extreme shortness of breath, o2 at 77% at rest. I have been going to a pulmonary doctor since 6/2010. Lung issues have all been ruled out by CT Scan (3) hospitalization for extreme chest pain 12/2010. CT Angiogram show very beginnings of emphysema and "aortic calcification of the aortic arch with tortuosity". EKG normal, echocardiogram EF 65% tricuspid valve mild leaking, mitral valve mild leaking. Cardiologist sent me home telling me to go to county for stress test and angiogram. (No insurance) Now I have insurance, same cardiologist is the one I have to go to, he is extremely recommended also. On my first consult, he said it is probably my asthma (no medication has been ever taken for asthma). Currently, my pulmonary doctor has me on Symbicort 160
which is keeping my oxygen at 93-94 however, I still have constant chest pain, SOB, dizziness, imbalance, and I get cold and calmy before each event. I have 16 immediate female family members who have died as a direct result of the very same item due to a clot ot plaque dislodging into either their hearts or their brains causing massive stroke. All of them prior to being 45 years old. I am 59. 4 years ago I weighed 445 and I am now at 224 but I am no longer able to do any of my regular activities. I had to force the issue to get an echo-stress which is scheduled for this Tues morning. How do I impress the importance of my family history on this cardiologist and get the tests I need. Yesterday I was inputting data in the computer, I am an accountant, and I got dizzy, cold and clamy and my oxygen fell to 79 while my heart rate jumped to 179. For the last year, my resting heart rate has been climbing from 72 to 88-92 now. What should I watch for and/or ask for as far as testing.
It sounds Like you have had appropriate testing. Your sxs sound like they may have been the result of a viral process Perhaps you would benefit from stress echo. You should consider second opinion cards evaluation which may provide a fresh set of eyes. Continue to reduce your weight to ideal body wt. Good luck and I'm happy to hear you have insurance access
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.