Posted 3/25/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -6)
Hi everyone, I have just hopped over from the GERD board, because I was wondering if anyone here has heard of or experienced the above (FH). My father was diagnosed with FH about 13 years ago, he was 48. He had a heart attack and subsequently had a triple bypass. He is doing well now, apart from some circulatory issues, but here is my problem. His doctor at the time told him that his children need to be tested, as this is hereditary. Of course, I went to my GP with this information, and he promptly told me I was too young to have a cholesterol problem (22 years old at that time), so there was no need for any tests. I accepted this answer, since I knew nothing of the disease. I have not thought about it much since, until recently when I have been having chest pains to the left of my sternum. Last year I was admitted to A&E with the pain, but an ECG showed no problems.
The pains didn't present for quite some time, until recently I have been having it a lot. I put it down to my GERD (which they THINK I have, no diagnosis yet) but after chatting to my dad, found out that he had a family member who died aged 30 while running for a bus, of a heart attack. So I am becoming concerned. I am already being treated like a hypochondriac by my new GP because of the ongoing GERD stuff, so what can I do if she refuses me the tests? She has already refused me a thyroid test, even though my mother is Hypothyroid and I am presenting with symptoms. I honestly think she believes I am a nutcase. I am phoning her for an appointment tomorrow (tried today, couldn't get in) but I am very worried she will say I can't have the test, or she will know nothing about this illness.
Can anyone answer the following questions?
1/ If my pain comes from arterial spasm, or narrowing, would that show on an ECG?]
2/ Would angina show on an ECG?
3/ Can I demand a test for LDLs, even if GP is reluctant?
4/ What can I do to help myself in the meantime?
Many thanks for your help