I had ACL and meniscus repair on 10-11-06. I woke up with hearing loss in the recovery room that getting worse gradually. On 10-16-06 I was taken to the ER for a L pulmonary embolism with a pulmonary infarction. After the PE I have had L sided CP with inspiration and SOB with and without exersion. All pulmonary tests came back normal. I had an echo performed in July of this year that showed left ventricular dysfunction and tricuspid regurgitation. Proceded to have a nuclear stress test done with normal findings. I have had irregular heartbeats with some periods of what feels like arrythmia that lasts 5-7 seconds. The chest pains feel as if they have two points of origin. The left lateral CP is pleuritic from the infarcted area but the midline pain/pressure I'm not sure. My cardiologist says all heart test are normal and I am cardiovascularly able to return to my duties as a firefighter. When I question the pain/pressure he says he is not concerned due to the fact that the pain sometimes occurs without exersion. The cardiologist says that the left ventricular dysfunction was a misdiagnosis from the echo and that my heart appears fine. My question is can a pulmonary embolism potentially cause left ventricular dysfunction? While walking at 1mph on the treadmill for the nuclear stress test, I experienced CP,SOB,diaphoresis and lightheadedness. Is this also within "normal" limits? Thanks
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