My husband has been having ongoing heart symptoms since June 5th. On June 5th we ended up in the hospital with heart attack symptoms. They did the standard tests, everything looked O.K. his symptoms subsided and they sent him home saying to take a couple weeks off work. He did not work for 2 weeks, having chest pressure and shortness of breath off and on.
He went back to work for 6 days, called me on day 6 telling me he cant do it anymore and I needed to get him a Dr. Appt. The next day he saw the Dr. They scheduled a stress echo for 2 weeks later. After the stress echo he saw the Dr. a week later. He was told the stress echo looked good.
He was scheduled to see a pulmonologist. The pulmonologist wanted a pulmonary function test done. The pulmonary function test showed mild obstruction. During the whole time he has constant chest pressure, occasion chest pain, often short of breath, dizziness, extremely fatigued. He ended up back at the ER. On 9/1. He was having bad chest pain, nauseous, left arm/shoulder pain. While there the ER Dr. Said he has left anterior fascular block, PVC and PAC. ER Dr. Prescribed albuterol for his shortness of breath, nitro for chest pain and 5 days of steriods. He felt pretty good (except for the constant chest pressure and occasionally short of breath) for those 5 days.
The ER Dr. Also refered him to a cardiologists. He was able to see the cardiologists on Thursday. He said everything is a symptom and risk factor. I asked specifically about
checking his small arteries because the stress echo looked O.K. the Dr. Said no because it wont matter, there is no treatment. I said yes but shouldn't we know? The Dr. Said he probably has problems with his small arteries but it is just another risk factor. He prescribed Amlodipine 5mg for angina and cad. He also prescribed Atorvastatin 80mg because his cholesterol is horrible (we did not know his cholesterol before this). He also said he has pulmonary hypertension, but there is no treatment for that either. He put him on a 2 week halter monitor. We will not see the pulmonologist until Sept. 17th.
His father died at 62 of a heart attack (had several before the fatal one). His mom died at 54 of COPD. 1 brother has CAD and TIA, 3 heart attacks, 2 stints, high cholesterol. 1 brother had pacemaker 6 years ago (his heart stopped they did CPR, it stopped again at the hospital so they put in a pacemaker). 1 sister has had a heart attack. 1 sisters have high cholesterol.
My question is; should we see another cardiologists? Everything I have read says we should look at his small arteries, there is no fix if they are diseased but we should know.
I have given your post some paragraphs to make it easier to read. Some of our members have problems tracking when reading.
Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 9/24/2017 6:08:08 PM (GMT-6)