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A 38-year-old female asked:

trouble breathing, rapid heart rate, ekg revealed flattened t waves. doc ordered echo consulted cardio who added nuclear stress test. is this serious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
Probably not: Assuming you do not have risk factors, it sounds like anxiety, especially if you tolerate exertion well.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
SOB : The description doesn't provide enough specific information to know the problem. There may be heart abnormalities suggested by symptoms and tests which require further investigation. You should ask the doctors with the information specific to you.

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