Heart Tests Have been booked terrified of finding out .

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   Posted 10/11/2012 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
OK not sure if anyone remembers me ...so I was diagnosed with non specific st abnormailty and although my regular physical and blood work all came back normal (june/july) and my enzyme and troponin came back normal in april my chest xray was also normal ...my doctor is willing to send me to a cardiologist as I suffer from panic and anxiety attacks and hypocondrisim ...so she knows I wont rest ...so I have a ultrasound booked this coming saturday and I see the cardiologist in 2 weeks...
Question I know usually the tech doing the ultrasound cannot say anything to you but is there something maybe I should listen for or look for when the test is being done ...
I am terrified.
Speed walk 3x a week 30 min
Eat fairly well
No cholesteral problems no blood pressure problems no diabeties
I do have
Thyroid problems
..But I will gladly deal with that then have anything wrong...any suggestions for the above question ...I am desperate. smhair confused

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   Posted 10/11/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternoon,
You are almost to the day of your test so hang on and try not to overthink the test.  Ultrasound waves used in performing the echocardiogram are not audible to the human ear, so you will not hear the sound waves. Structures will be displayed in “real-time” and appear as white moving objects on the screen. For example, the valves of the heart will look like white flap-like moving structures. Areas of the heart where there is fluid or blood look black on the screen.

During the exam, you will notice the sonographer placing marks on the screen with small computer calipers. The sonographer uses the calipers to perform various measurements of the size, function and blood flow of the heart.

An echocardiogram exam usually includes a Doppler recording of the blood movement or flow within the heart. When color flow Doppler is used in the exam it will appear as different colors moving within the white and black images on the monitor. The different colors represent the different speeds and directions of blood flow in the heart.

Doppler examinations often also include an audio signal of the blood flow. These audio signals can be heard and seen.   During the audio Doppler recording, you will hear the sound of the blood moving through the heart and the sound of the heart valves opening and closing. You will hear a whoosing sound. The audio signals are also displayed as a graph on the monitor. These graphic recordings help the physician to determine valve function and heart pressures.

The sonographer will not provide you with any results at the time of the examination.

I know it is hard to wait for the results but remember if the cardiologist sees anything serious you will get a phone call so this is a case of no news is good news.

Big breath and don't let your mind get stuck in high anxiety.



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   Posted 10/11/2012 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you I know that the tech cannot tell me anything but I am so afraid tonight just sittin here I am short in patience and high with anxiety. I can feel my heart beating fast and have to will myself to calm down .
I will have to wait 2weeks for my results wow so that means that I wouldnt have worked out in 3weeks total ......not good maybe I will walk at a moderate pace or maybe do sitting cardio.
Any one else have this .
Thanks for the advice

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   Posted 10/15/2012 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Vent rate 89 pbpm
pr interval 130 ms
qrs duration 68 ms
qt/qtc 352/428ms
p.tr.t axes 79 62 68

Normal Sinus Rhythm
Nonspecific ST abnormality
Hey All
I went for my ultrasound on Saturday very weird they did an ultrasound but a ecg at the same time some kind of new machine I guess...anyways ...my question is this ...from my info  above what are the chances that this could be something serious ...going out of my mind ...wont get to see the cardio till oct 27th ...and I havent done anything becuase I am scared.
Even tho the ER doc and my GP said I could and it was nothing serious.
Any help .

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   Posted 10/15/2012 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Take life one day at a time and try not to project into the future. It will make your anxiety worse if you do. Try to relax until the 27th. Know that we are thinking of you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 10/16/2012 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ....but easier said than done ...I am really scared is there anyone out there that can tell me anyting from the infor I have provided .
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