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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?

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...
Risk. The risk factor for artery disease are nicotine addiction, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes and family history of artery disease. If your doctor is giving you a choice go for the heart cath, it gives more information. Be well. Read more...

My heart is pounding so hard it is making my upper back hurt. Is this normal? My chest feels heavy and it makes me slightly short of breath. This has been going on for nearly 2 months off and on. Is it possibly just stress related?

This . This could be stress related. However a cardiac cause needs to be ruled out. Please visit your primary care provider for an evaluation/work up. You will likely need an ekg (test that checks the electrical activity of your heart) and blood analysis. Your doctor can then make a presumptive diagnosis and start treatment for whatever the problem may be. Good luck. Read more...
It . It sounds like you may have a dysrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) that is occurring intermittently. There are several types of dysrhythmia that can cause the symptoms you describe, but paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, or psvt (see link below), is a fairly common dysrhythmia that can cause your heart rate to increase far beyond normal. Whenever your heart beats faster, it requires more oxygen to compensate for the increased workload. If your coronary arteries cannot supply enough blood to meet this demand, chest or back pain (angina) can result. If this situation persists, you could have a heart attack. Stress, caffeine, alcohol, and certain medications can increase the irritability of your heart and make a dysrhythmia worse, but in most cases the "trigger" for the abnormal rhythm is already present somewhere in the tissues of your heart. Other conditions, such as anemia, could contribute to your symptoms, as well. In healthy, young adults, psvt is typically well-tolerated, but any time a dysrhythmia causes angina, chest pressure, shortness of breath, or fainting, urgent medical evaluation is warranted. All things considered, i think your body is sending you a message. Whatever is going on here, your heart doesn't seem to be tolerating it. Call your doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation. Good luck! http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001235/. Read more...

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...
Any specific. Diagnosis like pots, familiar dysautonomia, shy-drager, severe diabetes, etc. Most probably your symptoms are due to the dysautonomia. Other possibilities are gerd, asthma, anxiety attack, hyperthyroid. A good history and physical very important talk to your doctor. A lot of times a doctor it's like a good detective. Need time to find the cause. Read more...