should I ask for a cardiologist referral

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   Posted 2/24/2006 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 28 year old female.  Usually I'm on here because of Crohn's, but I've been having chest pain for about a week and my GI doc doesn't think it is related to any of the meds I am currently on, so he told me to see my PCP.  I have an appointment in the morning with her.  My dad has a history of Lt bundle branch block (which he's on meds for), and grandma and dad's brother both have afib (which they take meds for as well).  Should I ask my PCP to send me to a cardiologist, or just let them do a chest xray and ekg?  I'm sure that's all they will do, but from what my dad says, the afib and bbb can be missed in both a chest xray and ekg.
I don't want to be paranoid and ask for a referral if I don't need it, but I seem to have inheirited all of the bad genes so far, so I'm worried that I have gotten some of the heart related ones also, and they could go unnoticed.

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   Posted 2/25/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi bar77,

Yes, I would ask for your PCP's opinion on it.  The reason being is that you are not being paranoid you have a family history of heart problems.  It is probably a good idea to get it check out.  Please let us know how it goes......


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   Posted 2/25/2006 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
When it comes to your heart, better safe than sorry ALWAYS!!! Since there is a family history, it is reasonable and wise to see a specialist. If you PCP balks at this saying you're too young to have any problems with your heart, nicely remind him/her of your family history and tell that person you'd like to be sure. Your doctor sees so many patients that he/her might not recall your history. Good Luck and don't worry because it probably is nothing much. You should just check it out. LOL

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   Posted 2/25/2006 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Bar i agree with hopes and els. With your family history better safe now than sorry later. I'll keep you in my prayers. DELTA

{ Listen to your body talk. } Deltacece

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   Posted 2/26/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your responses!  I went to the dr yesterday.  Of course they did an EKG, which was normal, and my pulse was normal...strange for me, mine is usually around 100 and it was in the 70s.  She wants me to pay attention to when my chest hurts, and see if it continues.  If it doesn't go away in about a week, she wants me to call her and they will arrange a referral to a cardiologist.  She said the only reason she didn't just set up the referral right now is cuz I have a lot going on medically already, and it could just be stress from all of that.  If the cp is worse with activity, or is associated with other things she said it would be more indicitive of something rather than if it's just random pain.  Is that true?  She asked me if I had nausea (never knew cp and nausea could be related) but because I have nausea a lot because of the Crohn's, I couldn't really answer the question.  So now I'm just going to try to take it easy and wait it out.

Again, thanks for your input!


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