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Had perantine cardio. Stress test 2 wks. Ago. Diagnosis-ischemia of apex. Had heart cath. Today. No blockages. What could be causing chestpain. ?

Had perantine cardio. Stress test 2 wks. Ago. Diagnosis-ischemia of apex. Had heart cath. Today. No blockages. What could be causing chestpain.  ?

Chest pain: There are many possible causes of chest pain including small vessel disease which doesn't show up on angiogram but can cause perfusion image abnormalities. You should discuss your symptoms and data with the physicians who know you and get their impression of what the cause of your chest pain is. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Hello, Are heart flutters during very strenuous exercise dangerous? I've been checked out by a cardio but no stress test before. Thx

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Are heart flutters during very strenuous exercise dangerous? I've been checked out by a cardio but no stress test before. Thx

Perhaps...: Feeling your heart beat fast during exercise is normal, but the term "flutters" would imply some abnormality. A stress echocardiogram will help clear up what's going on with your heart during exercise, and could be helpful if you're embarking on an intensive exercise program. ...Read more

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Have a lot of pvc's cardio cleared did stress test 2yrs ago normal, having ear surgery will this be safe with having them. Have bi, tri all day long.?

Have a lot of pvc's cardio cleared did stress test 2yrs ago normal, having ear surgery will this be safe with having them. Have bi, tri all day long.?

Yes, but: You'll probably be fine at your age for the surgery if pvcs are your only problem, but a cardiologist, preferably an electrophysiologist should see you. Increasing evidence indicates that people with bi and tri-geminy are at increased risk for complications and you should be followed by an expert. ...Read more

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I'm 41yr female, no cardio risk factures, passed stress test, but echocardiogram showed mild sclerotic valve disease. Need insight.

I'm 41yr female, no cardio risk factures, passed stress test, but echocardiogram showed mild sclerotic valve disease. Need insight.

Echocardiogram: Mild sclerotic valve abnormalities read on echo suggest beginning degenerative changes in a/the valve(s). Sometimes we overread these findings and often they are not a big deal. It is worth discussing with your doctor to get his/her viewpoint on the report. Keeping your risk factors controlled is the best you can do if the abnormalities are true. ...Read more

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Hi! Can exercise cause heart flutters (PVCs)? I've had echo, EKGs, Holter, event, but no stress test. Cardio cleared me. What is this? Thx

Hi! Can exercise cause heart flutters (PVCs)? I've had echo, EKGs, Holter, event, but no stress test. Cardio cleared me. What is this? Thx

PVCs: PVCs can occur at any time. They do not necessarily occur due to exercise. They are more interesting when they occur very very frequently, especially after someone has had a heart attack. Your normal testing indicates you are in good shape! http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premature-ventricular-contractions/basics/definition/con-20030205 ...Read more

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Trouble breathing, rapid heart rate, EKG revealed flattened t waves. Doc ordered echo consulted cardio who added nuclear stress test. Is this serious?

Trouble breathing, rapid heart rate, EKG revealed flattened t waves. Doc ordered echo consulted cardio who added nuclear stress test. Is this serious?

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. ...Read more

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Is it fine to take an already scheduled cardio stress walking/jogging test the day following the passing of my sister?

Is it fine to take an already scheduled cardio stress walking/jogging test the day following the passing of my sister?

It all Depends: I am sorry to hear of your loss. I would run this by your cardiologist. I think the answer really depends on your emotional state. ...Read more

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41 female smokerwhy wouldnt my cardio dr do more than a regular stress test since it is not 100% accurate to rule out cad, even though test was fine?

41 female smokerwhy wouldnt my cardio dr do more than a regular stress test since it is not 100% accurate to rule out cad, even though test was fine?

Life is not 100%: Life is never exact. Nothing in life is 100% certain (except death and taxes, as the old saying goes). The amount of testing done depends on the disorder a doctor is looking for and depends on the patient's symptoms. There is no way to get to 100% certainty with "tests", so that is not a goal. It's all about risks, probabilities, and likelihoods. A smoker lowers her risks by become an ex-smoker. ...Read more

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Just had a nuclear stress test done and they just saw v fib happen is that a normal reaction to the cardio lite they used for the images?

No. : No it's not normal but you may have the rhythm wrong. V fib is a life threatening arrhythmia often associated with ischemia (poor blood flow to the heart) and requires emergent treatment. ...Read more

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Should my mom get a stress test? history mi 10 yrs ago, stents, seems stable. Her pcp wants a test cause she hasn't seen a cardio in a few years. Shes 54.

Should my mom get a stress test? history mi 10 yrs ago, stents, seems stable. Her pcp wants a test cause she hasn't seen a cardio in a few years. Shes 54.

Yes.: Your mom had an mi (myocardial infarction) at a very unusual young age. I surprising and unusual if she wasn't followed at least annually by an internist/cardiologist. A stent doesn't stop progression of CAD or longevity. What will affect lifespan & prevent progression r lifestyle changes (maintain good diet & weight, bp, lipids, no smoking, exercise, stress reduction. Must see cardiologist. ...Read more

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9 months ago I began not felling well had some chest pains. I have had a stress test EKG and IMT test all came out great. Could it not be cardio relat?

9 months ago I began not felling well had some chest pains. I have had a stress test EKG and IMT test all came out great. Could it not be cardio relat?

Likely noncardiac: It is actually impossible to tell if you have heart disease are not based on the information that you provide because it is not clear to me what 'came out great' means but also, have not described the quality and nature of your chest discomfort. Furthermore, I cannot tell what risk profile you have, i.e., if you have high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension or anything else. A stress test that i ...Read more

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Just had stress test for chest pain came back with a flop then cardio doc said everything was border line normal what does that mean?

Just had stress test for chest pain came back with a flop then cardio  doc said everything was border line normal what does that mean?

Borderline: It means that there were some features of the test results that were more concerning and some that were less concerning but not definitively either way. You need to go back to the cardiologist and have them explain everything so that you understand the results, what they mean for your health, and what the next steps are. ...Read more

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Had stress test, echo, ekg's all normal. Cardio doc not concerned, but still have palpitations, lately more frequent. Can they have missed something?

Had stress test, echo, ekg's all normal. Cardio doc not concerned, but still have palpitations, lately more frequent. Can they have missed something?

Consider non cardiac: without knowing full details, the differential diagnosis for palpitations includes non- cardiac causes such as hyperthyroidism, dehydration, etc. cardiac causes in addition to ischemia which is what appears to have been ruled out, includes primary arrhythmias, consider 24 hour holter if palpitations more frequent. ...Read more

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Stress test,echo,24-monitor all norm.Cardio Said heart is not cause.Should I move on even if I still have on and off pain in chest/arm months later?29

Move on: Your heart has been ruled out "Theresa" but that doesn't mean there isn't another cause of the pain. See your primary care doctor and ask to have other avenues explored. The 2 most common non-cardiac causes of chest pain are GI problems and various forms of arthritis and rheumatism. The fact that you have a healthy heart doesn't negate your not feeling well, so investigate other possibilities. ...Read more

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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more