I am a 50 year old woman, about 35 lbs overweight. About 4 years ago I became short of breath during physical exertion. I had chest pain, shoulder pain, and pain down my left arm. I went thru a battery of tests and was told my heart looked extremely healthy, and that (thru exclusion) I was suffering from Cardiac Syndrome X. I was put on Norvasc, and the symptoms subsided some, enough so that I could now walk to my mailbox. I get mild symptoms climbing stairs or walking quickly. I cannot do anything strenuous.
1. I cannot seem to find a doctor who knows anything about this. I don't know if I am doing everything/ taking everything I can to make my life better. Is there some source that I can go to besides my PCP, who seems to not know anything about this. Even the cardiologist that I went to had no info for me. To be honest, I pretty much had to "diagnose" myself by looking up everything on the internet.
2. I am about 35 lbs overweight. This condition, my age, and my metabolism (plus medications that I take) make losing weight impossible. I can't exercise much besides walking on flat surfaces (I live in the hills). I eat right, but wonder if you have any suggestions on weight loss/ exercise for this condition.
I also take Hawthorne Berry (which has helped some) and Co-Q-10.
Please, please... any info you can give me to help would be great. I am too young to miss out on life. My family keeps wanting to go on hikes (something I used to do)... they don't understand the pain that I suffer when I attempt to exercise.
Cardiac syndrome X is chest pain with normal coronary arteries. It is generally a diagnosis of exclusion, and it is treated with calcium channel blockers, such as nifedipine. I would recommend visiting a cardiologist where your medications can be reviewed and adjusted, and other possible causes of your chest discomfort can be considered.
With regards to weight loss. Nutrition is just as important as exercise. Losing weight may be difficult, but is never impossible.
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