Need some help here, im quite worried

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   Posted 4/23/2014 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I am currently 18 years old and have been doing sports regularly. Recently i went for a medical checkup and my ECG showed that i may have a probable LVH and was scheduled for a 2D-echo during june. Prior to the checkup i had minor chest pains for 3-4 years already but it was not accompanied by any other symptoms so i was not worried. However, this year, my heart started beating hard - like not rapidly but HARD and my physical abilities were worsening. I could feel it getting harder and harder each day until two days ago when the palpitations was accompanied by dizziness, nausea and weakness in my legs. Got admitted straight into the ER, they did the exercise stress echo and everything was normal, my blood test was normal too. So in the end, they diagnosed me with inappropriate sinus tachycardia and gave me a week's worth of beta blockers to be consumed only when i was in pain. The weird thing is, even when i got discharged from the hospital, the pain remained there and the beta-blockers doesnt seem to help at all even after an hour from taking it.

Some notes on my pain
-My heart beats super hard and distracts me from my activities. there are times that when i feel the "lub-dub" sound is consistent with pain
-The pain can be sharp or squeezing and it can be continuous or on-off with a variety of different intervals
-When my heart is pumping, i can feel the blood rush into my blood vessels almost like squirting a bottle of empty soap
-The pain is mostly centered over the heart area but spreads to the rest of the chest and up to my neck, never in my arms.
-Whenever i cough, i feel like my throat just got ripped apart.
-(not sure if this is related) There were times when i lost my vision (i didnt faint or anything, just everything went black but i could remain standing) before it comes back 1-2seconds later

Should i still be worried? Because right now, the pain is still here

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   Posted 4/23/2014 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to read of your problems and I hope you don't mind my questions.  Did you see a cardiologist in the ER?
You mentioned you are scheduled for the 2D Echo in June which seems  to long for you to wait to determine if you truly have LVH. The echocardiogram is a primary tool for diagnosing left ventricular hypertrophy. If you have left ventricular hypertrophy, your doctor will be able to see thickening of muscle tissue in the left ventricle. An echocardiogram can also reveal how much blood is pumped from the heart with each beat and how stiff the heart muscle is. It may also show related heart abnormalities, such as aortic valve stenosis.
LVH -is an abnormal increase in the mass of the left ventricular myocardium caused  by a chronically increased workload on the heart.
As you are having symptoms the best advice I can give you is to talk to your Dr. re your issues and seek out the probability of moving your Echo date up.
HealingWell should never take the place of a medical Dr. so please do call your Dr.
Let us know what you find out and keep on talking with us here in the forum.
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   Posted 4/23/2014 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, i was admitted into a hospital and a cardiologist attended to me. They did an exercise stress echocardiogram (which they told me was a better test than the 2D echo and i need not go back in June to do the same test) and the results seemed to be normal. There was no LVH present even though 3 of my previous ECG showed an extremely high voltage in lead II R wave > 2.6mv.
The pain is currently expanding to other areas of my chest at the moment

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   Posted 5/1/2014 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I trulysuggest go back to ER is you are concerned. If you feel something isn't right.....go get checked have nothing to loose, nothing to be ashamed about....I personally now don't take any chances..I am only 48..relatively athletic, normal weight..etc...and NOONE wojld have ever guessed I would have a majot heart attack, and have to get three stents put in,,,,Bizzarre...Sorry you are having a hard time, and hope you feel better soon..Don't ever take chances on heart/chest pain, especially if you are a to you, and I am saying a oil prayer for yu right now, that the Dr.'s really nail down what's happening. After I came home from hospital...I had 2 stents...something "STILL" didn't feel right. I had to go back in for one, I am great! Back into all sports, etc...take good care!
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