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   Posted 2/18/2017 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
How are you all! I am a 43 year old female, started smoking at age 15, quit at age 29. I have a history of drinking frequently, although not so much in the past 3 years. I admit I drank way too much in my 20's and 30's. Now I only drink once a month if that.

Three years ago I had a stress test ( treadmill) and nuclear stress test due to palpitations. They had me do the nuclear because of my treadmill stress results, but they didn't say why. Forward to three years later, again I suffer palpitations which have worsened since my stomach issues. I am on pump inhibitor for burning stomach, reflux etc. I have my check up Monday with my primary for my physical and I am sure he will send me to a GI since I am still having nausea and burning stomach.

Anyway, I had my year follow up with my cardiologist two weeks or so ago, and I told him I get palps when I exercise. He wanted to do another stress (treadmill) test on me. I had it done 3 days ago. My cardiologist came out to the hallway with my results saying it came up abnormal which he says could indicate a blockage! I am freaking out now because although my test three years ago was apparently of concern (which is why they had me do the nuclear) I was never told what he told me about it indicating a blockage! I asked him what if my nuclear comes back good what does that say about the stress treadmill report? He said it could mean your heart is slightly enlarged. What???!!!!

H asked if I am a gym rat because it is common in athletes. I exercise frequently but I don't run any marathons. When I worked part time I used to go to the gym 6 days a week 2- 3 hours at a time, but they are different classes: Zumba , Pilates etc. But lately I only exercise on the weekends as I work full time.

Does anyone know if there could be any other reason for an abnormal treadmill stress test besides an enlarged heart or blockage?

Also if heart is enlarged, does that put me at risk for a heart attack while exercising? He told me until my nuclear, not to over do it while exercising. What he is saying to me is scaring me!

I appreciate any thoughts. Sorry for long post! confused

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   Posted 2/18/2017 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fearbug, I saw your post & wanted to say hi. As far as the nuclear test showing something 3 years ago, it leads me to believe whatever it showed was nothing life threatening & most likely was minor. Had it been anything for the dr & you to be concerned with you would have been told immediately. I think the cardiologists conversation with yo after the treadmill should have been handled in a better way than throwing out it could be this or it could be that. Obviously it has you upside down at this point. But, I do suggest that you try not to let this put you over the top with fear. I know easier said than done.

Enlarged hearts are very common & not all require any kind of surgical intervention. Yes, this can happen to people that are athletic & ones that live at the gym. In the meantime try to calm down & do as your cardio suggested. Let us know what you find out. Take care.
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   Posted 2/19/2017 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you straydog! You thoughts help me more than you know! I will definitely let you know how it all turns out.

I used to be so afraid to go to the doctors and get tests for anything. Now I feel waiting for results is worse than the actual test. It's terrible the places your mind goes to during that period.

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   Posted 2/20/2017 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 2/26/2017 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you pratoman! I can drive myself crazy thinking of all of the negatives instead of focusing on the possible positive outcomes. I think because of all of the palpitations I have, I think it must be bad, and I know the negativity makes it worse. I do feel better them checking and doing whatever test they feel they should do, because I know in the long run it will give me piece of mind.

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   Posted 2/27/2017 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
False positives do happen.

Your heart palps can be caused by/made worse from anxiety and stress.

If your cardiologist had suspected that you had a major heart issue, he would have scheduled you for the nuclear stress test immediately.

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   Posted 3/2/2017 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Than you SharonZ. Had the test two days ago. Waiting on the results which is always the most nerve wrecking part! rolleyes

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Hi, what was the end result of everything?
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   Posted 5/20/2017 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My heart is slightly enlarged too. Apparently it does not cause any problems...but who really knows..I'm alive at 61...doc said that women often get this after childbirth because of the load the heart has during pregnancy.

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   Posted 6/5/2017 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm always interested in how the body works, I researched heart disease and found some interesting info, and it some causes came down to minerals and nutrition. Check it out if it helps.
Maybe it can be as simple as taking a supplement

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