I am 62 female, non smoker, walked 3 miles a day for 30 years, normal to low blood pressure, normal cholesterol, no chest pains or other heart symptoms, BUT shortness of breath for two years now and getting worse. All tests show strong heart, no arrythmias, no congestive failure etc. Have had EKG, Echocardiogram, Thallium Stress test. All great! Dr. says next step is catheterization and I am hesitant. I have explored pulmonary tests and x rays and all OK there. Is the cath the next logical place to go?
I am a 52 yr old female. I read what you said and I thought I'd give you my input. I too went thru all the tests you've listed but I was having chest pain. My Cardiologist becuz all ws "normal" blamed it on over stress, fibromyalgia etc. My husband suggested the heart cath. Reluctant the dr scheduled it for 092807. On 092507 I had 2 heart attacks w/in 1 hr. On 092607 they went in and found that my main artery--the one they call the Widow Maker was 90% blocked. I have always had below normal or right at the lowest number for both triglyceroids and cholestrol. I too had been out of breath like I couldnt speak a full sentence for a couple of years. The tests that we go through are only 70-80%, the only one that is 100% is the heart cath---it is the best way to find out if there is anything really wrong. I hope you will consider it.
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. MedHelp 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.