Saw Cardiologist the Thursday before Memorial Day for the first time. I’d been having chest pains since May 8th. First it was just general pressure plus I was staggering like a drunk person trying to walk into my kitchen and couldn’t catch my balance and fell backwards. Was checked out on May 11th in the ER per my PCP’s request. Diagnosed with Peripheral Vertigo, given Meclizine and was told to use a walker to steady myself. I have been dealing with dizziness and chest paid ever since the 8th. I have been out of work since the 8th as well per PCP’s orders as I am a “fall risk”. PCP referred to Cardiologist & ENT.
Fast forward to 1st Cardiology appt - he talked to me behind his desk, typed up stuff, listened to my heart and said he didn’t think there was anything wrong with my heart but if I wanted to wear a heart monitor for a few days he would order that, and he ordered an echocardiogram. I turned the heart monitor in the Tuesday after Memorial Day. I did the Echocardiogram on Monday of last week. I followed up with Cardiologist today for results:
My heart looks normal and everything on Echocardiogram. However, my heart monitor showed that I’ll have a normal rhythm and then it’ll be rapid for a few seconds and then it’ll go back to normal and then go rapid, etc. He doesn’t feel like that is what is causing my dizziness. He wanted to see how my ENT appointment went today and he also ordered a Nuclear Stress Test which is scheduled for Thursday at 7am this week.
I went to the ENT this afternoon. He checked my ears, we talked about my history and the new information that came out this morning, he had me describe my fall and my dizziness. He said it is NOT inner ear related. It is most definitely heart related and he’d actually like me to have a brain scan to make sure I didn’t have a light stroke when I fell. He also wants to rule out tumor or blood clot.
I’m still processing all of this information. Anyway, my question is…for anyone who has had a nuclear stress test - do I need to remove my pod and my G6 for it? It’s my understanding he’s not going to have me walking/running on the treadmill because of my asthma. He’s just going to do the stuff into my veins to simulate exercising and he told me to bring my inhaler with me.
Y’all…I’m nervous. I’m scared…and it sucks when your husband is only going to drop you off at the hospital and pick you back up. What if I have a heart attack while I’m doing this stuff and drop dead? Wonder how he’d feel then? My biological father died of a massive heart attack in his 40s. I never got to meet him.
Ok…sorry for the mobidity. That’s really where my mind is right now though.