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   Posted 9/9/2013 4:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was having an irregular heartbeat at a standard appointment a few weeks ago and my PCP thought it was A-fib so I was sent for an EKG. The EKG was about an hour or two later and my heart was much calmer by then although something still showed up slightly abnormal. I was then sent to a cardiologist, had another EKG which was okay and the suggestion was a 30 day event monitor and echocardiogram. Is this a normal recommendation?

I am very skeptical of doctors and don't want to be strung along for unnecessary tests and procedures. I'm in my 20's, female, no drugs, drinking, smoking, etc. I kind of thought the cardiologist was going to blow it off because of my age and no risk factors but no such luck. The justification that the cardiologist gave was potential heart damage from a high fever I had two years ago. I do have many troubling symptoms, but most of them are due to a completely different non heart-related condition.

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   Posted 9/9/2013 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure those symptoms aren't related to your heart? I think it would be good to do what the cardiologist says. I have had tachycardia and still do since I had been put under for a procedure and had complications. I wore a heart monitor in ICU and a cardiologist at home kept me on one for a week just to be safe. I am not a doctor, but I have worked in a nursing home. I have a 9 year old special needs boy too. He has had heart issues (now has gone away) from a high fever in past. Please do what the doctor says, the heart is an organ you don't want to mess with. I've tried to not do with my heart meds and I now have stage one hypertension so now I take heart and blood pressure pills.
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