Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
I am a 27 y/o female. I'm 5' and 120 pounds. Cholesterol is 143. I smoked for about 10 years and I recently started the patch. Two years ago I began to experience chest pains 1-3x/week, particularly in the morning (90%), and often when the room temp. was cold. But, being outside in cold weather was not usually a trigger. The chest pain does not occur upon exertion. These pains could last between 5 mins and 5 hours. The pain level doesn't intensify during that time, but it does radiate straight through to my back. I went to the doctor and he treated me first with anti-inflammatories and then with digestive medications (e.g. heartburn, reflux). Nothing worked. One year ago, I also experienced a skipped heart beat. I went back to my doctor and he put me on a holter monitor for 30-days. The results showed that I was experiencing PACs, and doctor put me on Atenolol (half of a 25mg pill). I've been taking this for about two weeks and the PAC intensity is less but the frequency is about the same. I also had an echo done and it showed everything to be normal, except I had a slightly leaky valve and a minor heart murmur. What does mean?
1. If I do have a heart problem, would the holter monitor have showed anything abnormal if I hit it while I was experiencing the chest pains?
2. What type of testing should I request from my cardiologist and what should I be looking to rule out, based on my symptoms?
3. Is there anything I can do between now and my appt. to decrease my risk of something serious happening?
Thank you, again!