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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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My stress test came back with significant shortness of breath and inadequate heart rate recovery. Are these findings normal cause doc did not followup?

My stress test came back with significant shortness of breath and inadequate heart rate recovery. Are these findings normal cause doc did not followup?

Sob: You should discuss the test with your doctor and ask what the interpretation of the test is. Shortness of breath and abnormal heart rate recovery can be signficant findings even if the ecg remained normal. They can also relate to just being 'out of shape'. You doctor should be able to explain about this to you ...Read more

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Should I do the nuclear stress test and echo or just go straight to heart cath? Shortness of breath with exertion not so much with cardio activity. Y?

Should I do the nuclear stress test and echo or just go straight to heart cath? Shortness of breath with exertion not so much with cardio activity. Y?

Depends: Without knowing your medical history and current risk factors, it would be difficult to recommend which test for you. The best advice is to follow your doctor's recommendation. ...Read more

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Heart ultra sound shows leaky valve .Stress test heart rate 170 at 2nd stage.Pre mature irregular beats.Almost faint when standing.Tired.Short breath?

Heart ultra sound shows leaky valve .Stress test heart rate 170 at 2nd stage.Pre mature irregular beats.Almost faint when standing.Tired.Short breath?

Leaky heart valve: The symptoms of lightheadedness when standing is often related to a drop in blood pressure and/or heart rate. Since you also have fatigue and shortness of breath, as well as irregular heart beats on the stress test and a leaky valve on the echocardiogram you should be evaluated by a cardiologist. There are other tests that can be performed to help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are causes of shortness of breath? I have had a nuclear stress test. An echo gram test? My heart center tests reveal all test are acceptable.

What are causes of shortness of breath?
I have had   a nuclear stress test. An echo gram test? 
My heart center tests reveal all test are acceptable.

Sleep apnea: Another possibility is sleep apnea, and increasingly frequently recognized problem with breathing while you are asleep. Talk to your doctor to see if you might be at risk. Common symptoms include snoring, shortness of breath, feeling tired, needing naps and waking with a headache. ...Read more

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Recently had an echo stress test, showed small amount of fluid around my heart. Still having chest pain-short of breath-numbness. What can I do now??

Recently had an echo stress test, showed small amount of fluid around my heart. Still having chest pain-short of breath-numbness. What can I do now??

It sounds like you: may have a cardiac issue or a pericardial issue. Make an appointment to see your Cardiologist and discuss the findings on your test as well as reevaluation of your continued symptoms. Without a thorough history and physical exam as well as reviewing the stress echo it will be impossible to make additional recommendations over the internet. ...Read more

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My breath catches and heart flutters at times esp when i take a deep breath. Ekg stress test normal. Echo showed "normal" murmer. What could it be?

My breath catches and heart flutters at times esp when i take a deep breath.  Ekg stress test normal.  Echo showed "normal" murmer.  What could it be?

24 hr holter monitor: There is no normal murmur to my knowledge at the age of 32 yrs , unless you are pregnant. Also it might be panic disorder , but i would do 24 hr holter monitor , thyroid tests if i were your physician to rule out other causes. You should see a physician for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Chest pain when weight lifting. Sternum pain when deep breaths. Stress test, echo, holter , EKG came back fine. Is my heart ok or still possibly bad?

Chest pain when weight lifting. Sternum pain when deep breaths. Stress test, echo, holter , EKG came back fine. Is my heart ok or still possibly bad?

Heart is Fine: I am very surprised that any physician would put you through such extensive and expensive testing. It actually blows my mind. Your heart is fine. Have you considered working with a personal trainer expert in weight lifting to see how you are lifting and what could be done differently to prevent or avoid too much pain with your workouts and post work out recovery. ...Read more

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Chest pain across breasts and shortness of breath. I've had a norm stress test, echo and EKG two months ago. Serious heart issues ruled out?

Chest pain across breasts and shortness of breath. I've had a norm stress test, echo and EKG two months ago. Serious heart issues ruled out?

Yes: Your chest pain had a complete, negative (normal) work up. This is quite reassuring. Sometimes it is more important to know that chest pain is not the heart than to know exactly where is it coming from as there are literally hundreds of reason for chest pain and you may not be able to work up all of them. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, but heart is clear, as was lung CT and pulmonary stress test. Pinching in lungs. SOB getting worse, what could it be?

Shortness of breath, but heart is clear, as was lung CT and pulmonary stress test. Pinching in lungs. SOB getting worse, what could it be?

Mgt: There are many possible conditions which may be associated with these symptoms. One condition is a pulmonary embolism, and your physician can follow up with additional testing and evaluation. You should continue to have evaluations to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I have dysautonomia and woke up short of breath-i can walk and all just feel like need more air, this happened b4 had spiral ct/xray chest, and heart echos/stress test evthing ok, but how can I help it?

I have dysautonomia and woke up short of breath-i can walk and all just feel like need more air, this happened b4 had spiral ct/xray chest, and heart echos/stress test evthing ok, but how can I help it?

SOB during sleep: Dysautonomia is hard to link to shortness of breath that awakens you from sleep. Do you have asthma/ reactive airway disease, obstructive sleep apnea, or environmental allergies? Perhaps, ask your doctor about ruling out these breathing conditions, or consult a pulmonologist. Meanwhile, try sleeping on your side or stomach rather than your back. Good luck! ...Read more

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Chest pain,lightheaded,shortness of breath over a year,all blood test,ekg,stress test,echo,heart monitors,Chest X-rays normal,scared!what could it be?

Chest pain,lightheaded,shortness of breath over a year,all blood test,ekg,stress test,echo,heart monitors,Chest X-rays normal,scared!what could it be?

Anxiety? Asthma?: To name a few. It seems relatively safe to say heart disease has been ruled out for the most part. Given you have had a battery of cardiac tests which have all been normal. A rare condition possibly overlooked is anomalous left main coronary artery with interarterial course between aorta and pulmonary artery. Cardiac ct angio will detect this however. If CT Normal consider lungs or anxiety? ...Read more

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Went got all blood tests was normal / nuclear stress test normal / chest X-ray / catscan / colonoscopy / endo / pft / still feel tightness and like can't catch my breath and my heart beat gonna stop. Getting worse and worse . Cardiol said clear?lung?

Went got all blood tests was normal / nuclear stress test normal / chest X-ray / catscan / colonoscopy / endo / pft / still feel tightness and like can't catch my breath and my heart beat gonna stop. Getting worse and worse . Cardiol said clear?lung?

Normal test results: yet you are still concerned. Please continue to see your doctor. Also, your very real symptoms may be anxiety related. Please see a mental health professional to learn some stress management techniques. One good one is clinical hypnosis (see www.asch.net) for referrals to licensed professionals. Peace and good health to you. ...Read more

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Felt nauseous and short of breath during exercise. Diagnosed with GERD after normal chest x ray, ECG echo stress test. Panic attack GERD or heart?

Felt nauseous and short of breath during exercise. Diagnosed with GERD after normal chest x ray, ECG echo stress test. Panic attack GERD or heart?

Most commonly GERD: with normal CXR,ECG and echo, findings are less likely cardiac. Exercise has been known to trigger reflux. Figure out if its your routine (crunches on a full stomach), or diet (aggravating foods, coffee, OJ). Try some PeptoBismol before exercise to see if chnages. Keep a diary of when it happens, how you feel, and what you had to eat that morning. It will give you and your doc the best picture. ...Read more

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Climbing hill symptoms:shortness of breath heart heaviness sweating. Admitted to hospital ekg, stress test, no heart attack. Angiogram no blockage? Could it be related to gerd? Treatment type of dr.

Climbing hill symptoms:shortness of breath heart heaviness sweating. Admitted to hospital ekg, stress test, no heart attack.  Angiogram no blockage? Could it be related to gerd?  Treatment type of dr.

More info needed....: Are you overweight? Do you exercise regularly? Do you ever exert yourself strenuously? You've listed symptoms associated with someone being out of shape exerting themselves... Thankfully you didn't have a coronary. Time to make a plan with your physician to take care of yourself by loosing weight (if necessary), eating right, and starting a cardiovascular workout routine. All the best. ...Read more

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31 m heavy breathing / shortness breath feels full at rest. Gets worse daily. Breathing patterns becoming different Got echo holter nuclear stress test / bronchoscopy pft and chest Ct scan normal. Pft showed positive mehtanine airway D? Cancer?heart

31 m heavy breathing / shortness breath feels full at rest. Gets worse daily. Breathing patterns becoming different Got echo holter nuclear stress  test / bronchoscopy pft and chest Ct scan normal. Pft showed positive mehtanine airway D? Cancer?heart

Needs evaluation: The answer to your question requires an evaluation and review of the information from the tests you have already had. Cancer and heart disease are both very rare and unlikely in previously healthy 31 year old men. ...Read more

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Clear EKG (6 times), Chest Xray, Echo, Stress Test, Endoscopy (small ulcer), Ultrasound - Still chest pain and shortness of breath, even hard to sleep. Worried it is still my heart. Lungs sound good. Really just tired of all pain.

Clear EKG (6 times), Chest Xray, Echo, Stress Test, Endoscopy (small ulcer), Ultrasound - Still chest pain and shortness of breath, even hard to sleep. Worried it is still my heart. Lungs sound good. Really just tired of all pain.

Given the thorough: evaluation you have had, it is unlikely that your symptoms are cardiac in nature. A small ulcer was found suggesting a GI source for your symptoms. It sounds like some counseling might help you to deal with the chronicity of your problem. ...Read more

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31 m got a echo / nucl stress test / ekg / holter chest ctscan / bronchoscopy / Endo / vq / thyroid test CBC / panel blood rule out heart and lung ? .still having vibrating heart beats / throat lump feeling chest fullness shallow breath / headaches

31 m got a echo / nucl stress test / ekg / holter chest ctscan / bronchoscopy / Endo / vq / thyroid test CBC / panel blood  rule out heart and lung ? .still having vibrating  heart beats / throat lump feeling chest fullness shallow breath / headaches

Detailed history: It sounds like you have a complex situation and have already had extensive testing. These little text boxes are not big enough to go through all the details, which is what a doctor would need to be able to help. You might consider a second opinion inbox consult here on HealthTap where you can share the records of your tests and have them reviewed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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