Just had an MRI; only to find out my regular cardiologist is away for a few weeks...
So I just had my annual imagine done. My cardiologist took 3 weeks + to contact my PCP about scheduling, and by the time he finally got one scheduled, for 1/27/14, he was going to be out of the office for "a few weeks" according to my PCP. My PCP says the results are the same as an MRI I had 4 years ago...
Only thing is, I didn't have an MRI 4 years ago. I did have a CT scan in 2010 but I recall they were not looking at my heart at that time - the ER doctor thought he saw something on my right lung which he showed me in the xray, so then sent me down for a CT of my chest. I then had a cardiac CT in 6/2011.
So... now that I've got possibly unreliable information, and I have to wait weeks to get any results from my current trusted cardiologist, I'm feeling like I'm sitting on pins & needles - once again...
They did a contrast media injection, could that only be to have looked at the aneurysms to gauge their size, or do they use contrast primarily for other reasons.
If you read my previous posts you'll find that I also have:
leaky mitral valve
stable (perhaps Prinzmetals' angina - which btw went un-treated for 3 years because my first cardiologist refused to acknowledge my chest pain being heart related; my new current cardiologist (for the past year) tried me first on nitrostat and once that damped down the pain, put me on Imdur 30mg x2/day).
TAA of 4.1 X 4.2cm
aneurysm of the pulmonary artery of 3.9 to 4.4cm
I mean, is this right that my cardiologist would be away for weeks right when I had a yearly critical imaging test, and thus be unable to evaluate or have any one covering his patients who can chime in until his return? Is this just a routine way that doctors treat patients these days?
Your trusted cardiologist must have gotten someone/doctor to look at your test results and to notify him/you if there is anything that needs immediate attention... if no, find another cardiologist.
Most tests I have I get a copy of, not that I understand all that much, and don't hear from my cardiologist for days even though he is "in". Then I get a call form someone in his office, maybe a nurse or even a PA, not sure they ever tell me. They say everything is "normal".. of course I always find something to be alarmed about when I read the report.
My input: I am sure (mostly sure) you would be notified if there was anything that needed quick attention.
So, I'm still waiting to get answers to some questions I sent, and get the full scoop on where I stand, current game plan etc. He's either not yet returned from wherever he went, and apparently did not have a colleague stand-in on my case in his absence.
Not impressed. Have more questions for him, but since he's not around, I can send them into the temporary vacuum that is his inbox...
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