Tami Posted October 22, 2009 Share Posted October 22, 2009 I went to have my stress test yesterday (finally, after begging them to look at my heart and not just my lung). I had been having the SOB and burning pain all morning and my stress test was at 11:00. They did an echo stress test. I walked for just a bit and the doctor of course wanted me to push it so I walked until I couldn't breath anymore. I got off the treadmill and my heart, the pain, the SOB were quite severe. They took my BP and it was 179/110 and by then I was gasping, turning blue and feeling faint. I laid down and they looked at my heart quickly but I can't deal with lying down when I am SOB I feel like I'm smothering. So they quit trying to look at my heart and let me up. I was really having a bad time and they gave me some nitro which helped but dropped my BP down to 70/40 and then I was faint, sick and chills.. It was not a fun time. They wanted to take me by ambulance out and fly me to a large hospital. I kept saying no, it will pass, it will pass. After oxygen, some more meds and 3 1/2 hrs. I was allowed to leave but I have to drive to the "big" hospital in my area and have a heart catherization. Looks like the one side of my heart is blocked. I honestly felt like saying "I told you.. I know my body". They said depending on the extent they may be able to put a stent in? Depends on how bad it is I guess when they see it. I know if the scheme of surgery this won't be too bad but I'm less than thrilled about starting with hospitals again. This may help my SOB but to what extent I don't know? I'm not sure how this will help/hurt my chance of retirement disability which I began the paperwork on? The cardiologist I saw told me that because I don't have a history of heart disease, not over weight or other problems with BP etc.. that while it could be a placque build up it's probably due to the radiation I received. But hopefully I will know tomorrow. While I'm happy to know the cause I wish it weren't quite so drastic with surgery. I'm worried about my kids being at home and lots of very stressful issues there. So I guess I'm worried how this will all play out. Any advice, thoughts, prayers would be welcome. Just one more chapter I guess... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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