Dave68
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Dave68, January 2,  2019  3:20pm EST

Question

I have had 3 ekg’s and two chest X-rays as well as blood tests in the last two months still nervous about a heart attack as well as blood test in the er. Do any of these give an idea of blockages

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, January 2,  2019  4:11pm EST

    Hi Dave,

    Glad you joined the support group. As far as I know, a catherization or stress test is what is typically used to determine blockages. That said, my EKG is what led my doctor to schedule a stress test. The results of that led to the cath. Are you having any symptoms? If so, have you discussed them with your doctor? I would be very clear with them about what, if any, type of physical symptoms you're having. When I was told I should schedule a cath, I was strongly encouraged not to delay. In my case, the cath revealed a worse condition than was anticipated. So don't hesitate if something is wrong. 

    Let us know how you make out. 

    Jim

  • Dave68
    Dave68, January 2,  2019  4:39pm EST

    Was your ekg abnormal

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, January 2,  2019  7:49pm EST

    Dave,

    My EKG was a little erratic. My cardiologist was actually on the fence about the stress test. She said that my EKG wasn't great but wasn't terrible either. She told me that if I wasn't complaining about chest pains, she would probably have sent me home but ultimately she decided it was worth being on the safe side.

    Jim

  • KFGriffin
    KFGriffin, January 2,  2019  7:59pm EST

    Hi Dave,

    Welcome to the support group. I recently had a stent implanted in my LAD due to over 85% blockage. I did not have chest pains, but I did go to the ER with heart palpitations and tendonitis type pain in my shoulder. I had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and tachycardia about six months prior. Anyway, in September the medicines stopped controlling the blood pressure and fast heart rate. I also got extremely anxious and nauseated prompting me to go to the ER in October. The EKG and blood test both showed up fine and they were going to release me except I mentioned having heart palpitations. They kept me overnight for observation and scheduled a heart CT the next day. They did not expect to find anything - but the heart CT showed the blockage and I was scheduled for angioplasty and stent implantation the following day. My suggestion would be to talk to your doctor about your concerns of a possible blockage. They may do further testings if need be based on your symptoms. Wishing you the best in health! 

  • Dave68
    Dave68, January 3,  2019  4:27pm EST

    James

    i see a cardiologist tomorrow and they said they will do an EKG why do they start with that?

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, January 3,  2019  7:21pm EST

    Dave,

    I'm not a doctor so I'm only giving you my best guess but I believe they are looking for any irregularities. This results of which could lead to further tests such as was the case for me. I see my cardiologist every six months and the first thing she does is give me an EKG to make sure my heart is functioning normally.

    Jim

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