Went to the doc friday and was telling him about a couple of spells I had last month...
Both mowing the yard..... chest got real tight and there was a burning sensation...like I had never experienced....very intense...... didnt go into my arms but my shoulders experienced some discomfort.
First time I blew off as severe indijestion but I was lying to myself because I had never experienced indigestion like that before. I had eaten some very strong onion for supper that night...so that was my excuse.
Second time I had not eaten since lunch and lunch was a single McDonalds McChicken sandwich. Same exact pains....lasted a few minutes and after both times I continued mowing....and feeling no more pain.
After I mentioned having those spells my doc jumped up and made me tell him everything I just mentioned then went to the door and called for an EKG..which turned out OK..... then he scheduled me for a treadmill test tuesday morning....and I gotta go back in 3 weeks...for a physical too....
He mentioned angina.....and gave me a prescription for nitroglycerin.
anyone ever had angina ??? I always thought that was a bad cholesterol related thing and my cholesterol level has always been fine...my doc brags on it every time I get mine checked. Must be the gallon of coffee I flush through my system each day....lol
I was sorta worried about this when those spells happened...but I left my docs office feeling sick... He seemed very concerned about the whole thing...and now Im worried too..
Carrying nitroglycerin.....told me if I have one of those spells again to take one and call 911. Hope it dont come to that.....cause..and Im just an uneducated bumpkin here....I feel like...and hope...that it was only severe indijestion...
I remember my mom having a heart attack years ago and she didnt know she had a heart attack till a day or so after..... her elbows are all that hurt her but she also got sick....when she was taken to the doc it was determined that she had a pretty bad one...
Her heart was badly damaged...she lived 25 years though...many more than the docs said she had.... had a triple bypass...a pacemaker....and then some new fangled thing installed a few years ago that was monitored by the hospital and would deliver shocks via computer or radio or both...
My brother is 54 and has had 2 heart attacks...both of them before age 50....
anyhow.... just throwing that out there..... its really weird... I knew I had to mention it to my doc....but I never expected him to freak out the way he did.
Ive sorta felt sick all weekend...depressed now....
dreading that treadmill test too.....~:>
don't sweat it, corny. your mind will and does create more symptoms if you let it. get it fixed first, and worry about the fallout later. doctors seem to have a tendency to over diagnose.
i just had an icd implanted, and i'm only 49, with no known family history of heart problems. i have not had the treadmill stress test, i had the nuclear one. my imagination had 6 days to really run wild, up to and including not surviving. i feel much better now and can't wait to get cleared for work
Certainly sounds like you have the family history. Just use this as an early warning to be careful. Don't let the small symptoms go until it's too late. If you feel bad, go to the doc and have it checked out. I think angina is a doctor's "catch-all" term for chest pain.
I, on the other hand, have high cholesterol with no family history of heart disease. I try not to worry about it and take the Lipitor. I don't eat out much either.
Control what you can and don't get bogged down by being depressed or worried about it. Good Luck!
You can't learn a thing with your mouth open.
similar situation for me. at 42 i had an episode one afternoon that lasted well into the the wee hours of the following morning. after being up all night without my wife knowing anything i felt i had no choice but to wake her and have her take me to the hospital. we got there at about 3 a.m. and they immediately life flighted me to a larger and better equipped hospital about 2 hours away, at the time we were living in Kansas. I dont remember very much for the next three days however my wife says it seemed i was relatively coherent. test's and more test's and it was determined that I have congestive heart failure probably as a result of a virus that somehow landed in my heart and killing the muscle. they measure your heart by it's "ejection fraction" mine being about 30% once stable. they put me on several medications, limited fluid intake, virtually no salt in diet and told to exercise etc. all fine and good till june of 08 when it reared its ugly head again and after more testing my ejection fraction had further reduced to slightly below 25%. i was told it was as a result of my heart struggling to beat, more like a quiver causing further muscle death. they installed a de-fibrillator to stop it from misbehaving and it is read via the phone line once a month by me to them. i have not had any trouble since and go in every 6 months since to have it monitored and a hands on look. short of being too young for any of this it is not something that i consciencously deal with everyday. just dont ignore "odd" symptoms and try to stay ahead of the curve. I will be 50 on the 8th of december and they say now i should be fine with this making sure my heart does not misbehave causing further damage.
wow polaris!!!!!!!!!!! sounds like my case. had a bout with bell's palsy (a viral infection of the facial nerves causing partial paralysis) 1 week before collapsing in the yard (syncope). determined my ejection fraction was in the 25% range. i'm hooking up the phone monitor today (ain't that kind of an invasion of privacy?) you've been 'wired' for 8 years now. if i may ask, what drugs are you on, and do they decrease/ eliminate dosages. i hate taking pills
I think they are going to inject me with something...xray me....then the treadmill and xray me again.....
I hope I do well..... I have bad knees and I think I fractured my ankle a while back...and its healed wrong or something....lol
But Im going to give it my all...
I hope he is overeacting...but it was a pain that Ive never experienced before.. I say that I thought it was indigstion.....but it was indigestion like Ive never had before... and then 2 times that close together....
One time my aging mom went to the Dr. complaining of chest pains.
He told her she had acute angina...........and she slapped him in the face.
I know, old joke but it fit right in.....didn't it?
Good luck with that, it isn't anything to wait on, thats for sure.
Hey cockroach, don't bug me! ©
sounds like you are not going on a treadmill. sounds like a nuclear stress test. a two part test, where they hook you up and establish a baseline. then they inject you with drugs to race your heart and a radioactive tracer so they can get a picture. it's not bad. i rather do that than 'walk the green mile'
Originally Posted by corny
they gave me one 3 years ago when my knee hand grenaded, and a month ago
Even back pain can be a warning sign for a MI.
Originally Posted by corny
It can manifest itself in several ways. By brother in law had a MI several years back. Sick at his stomach and back pain. At first they thought it was a Kidney stone but then he started to turn a little grey,, He made it. He had the "Big one" while undergoing a heart cath but he lived. Now he is a even bigger @$$&ole.
oh, and, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa - dice!
reply to heavymetaldad
they put the defibrillator in june of 08 so i have "been wired" for about a year and a half. the medications are, coreg, simvastatin, potassium, a diuretic, baby aspirin, carvedilol, spironolactone and zestril and the doses have kind of stayed the same for the eight years i have been on them. a few times they have changed them but i would say not much. i dont know if you take coreg but when it went generic it saved me about 350.00 a month just that pill. i have asked them why they have me on cholesterol medications and they say even though my cholesterol is fine they compliment the other medications allowing my heart to relax i guess. oh well its tuesday a.m. and i woke up, so they must be working. ha.
The cholesterol medication does not affect the heart. If its a "statin" it works with the liver on how your body processes "lipids". They are most likely giving it to you just to keep your LDL's lower. The lower the better but you actually need HDL to be in check also. I'm not a doc but I have worked for one doing many things for several years, Even give shots from time to time. He won't do it because he's afraid of needles. Great doctor but real quirky.
Originally Posted by polaris#1