1st appt. with cardiologist is Wednesday!

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RollTideFan
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   Posted 9/27/2011 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has referred me to a cardiologist for a stress test due to on and off chest pains. I truly think my problem is acid reflux/GERD and my PCP agrees. However, he set up an appt. with a cardiologist for me to have a stress test to make sure I am not having any heart problems.  The cardiologist's office sent me papers to complete and mail back in but I have not talked with anyone so I really don't know what to expect.  Would someone please enlighten me on what to expect with a stress test? I am getting anxious about this appt. Thanks in advance!

butterfly24
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   Posted 9/28/2011 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my first stress test today. I also have reflux too so I also felt my chest pain was that. I have to admit I was a little concerned about the test because I don't exercise. It was not bad. I had no problems. If I can do it, I'm sure you will do great. Let us know how it goes. Best of luck.

butterfly24
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   Posted 9/28/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I didn't answer what to expect, I got an iv was injected with radoiactive dye then did a 10 min test where they take pictures. You do have to eat and wait 45 min before pictures. after the pics I was injected again with something else and walked on treadmill for 3 min. Then went and ate again and waited 45 min and had repeat scan for pictures. Take something to read. It does take time, but it wasn't bad at all.

RollTideFan
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   Posted 9/28/2011 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I can't thank you enough for this information! I did get an automated phone call last evening telling me to wear 2 piece comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. I had no idea about the eating, waiting, etc.  My appt. is at 12:15 tomorrow (I said the wrong day in the topic title!) so I guess I will spend most of the afternoon there! I am so out of shape myself but I think I can manage a few minutes of walking! Thanks, again!
One more question, did they tell you anything at your appt. or do you get the results at a later time?

butterfly24
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   Posted 9/29/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I just saw this. I hope it went ok. I wonder if they didn't tell you about eating if maybe you were having only a stress test. I was describing a nuclear stress test. I was told not to eat or drink for 6 hours before and to bring food. My doctor didn't tell me my results. Sorry if my infomation was incorrect. I didn't think about the 2 different kinds of stress test.

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   Posted 9/30/2011 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a history of GERD, and have been taking Nexium for years.  A year and a half ago I started having some chest tightness which elevated to slight pain.  This happened only when I was walking back to the office after having lunch.  There was a slight incline in the sidewalk between the restaurant and the office.  I tolerated/ignored the condition for more than 6 months before calling my M.D. asking if it was time for me to have another stress test.  It had been 8 years since my last one.  Worried by my question my M.D. asked me to come into the office that day.  He did an ECG and all was well.  But he said my suggestion of a stress test was a good one, to rule-out any problems and because I was 60.  Good precaution, he reasoned.  So I scheduled the test and it went pretty well.  about 12 1/2 minutes into the test walking the tredmill the chest pain started to be evident.  The supervising Cardiologist stopped the test about a minute later and did the echo-sound test.  After looking at the echo test the Cardiologist said though she couldn't see any problems about which to be concerned she wanted to do a closer review.  That review, done over the next week, raised some questions that couldn't be answered. Nothing seemed obviously wrong.  But the Cardiologist and my M.D. thought I should probably have an angiogram - if I truly wanted to be assured there was nothing wrong.  So I scheduled that.  During the angiogram it was discovered 2 arteries were blocked 90% and another 60%.  I had two stents inserted  immediately.  So the point of my tale is that what we think may be GERD is often blockage of the artery.  My Cardiologist said it's commonly overlooked by patients.  Particularly so with men.  I'm fortunate to have raised this issue with the M.D.  Because the surgeon told me what I had in my heart was the "Widow maker."  They usually see that during the autopsy of men who have died from a heart attack.  Go and check this out.  Keep calm.  Choose medical professionals in whom you have confidence.  Follow their advice.  Best of luck.

RollTideFan
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   Posted 9/30/2011 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info and advice Butterfly 24 and Mavica. Butterly 24 I was a bit confused about the eating thing and how long your test lasted. Being new to all this I was unaware of the difference in an echo and a nuclear test.

I had the echo stress test yesterday. Never had any pain at all while walking on the treadmill. The cardiologist told me I did not need him, I needed a bottle of prevacid! He said my heart was "beautful" and working exactly like it is suppose to. He said come back when I get old (I am 53)!

So now that heart problems are ruled out, I will see how the prevacid works for me. The cardiologist suggested I take it for 30 days. And, after 30 days, if I continue to have the chest discomfort, go back to my PCP.

Thanks again to all of you! I am so happy this forum exists. I have learned so much about Ulcerative Colitis (my Mom was disgnosed earlier this year) and now the heart, gerd info.
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