Arteriosclerosis

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teaman
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   Posted 7/7/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
In 2000 I had two stents put in because of blocked arteries and was diagnosed with arteriosclerosis.
 
I was told January of 2006 that I only have partially blocked arteries.  This was done with the catheterisation through the arteries.  None were more than 50%, so nothing was done at that time.  During my normal yearly physical, they checked my heart by running an EKG.  All was OK.
 
Lately, I have had shortness of breath (SOB) more than usual.  I have COPD so it is hard to tell if that is the cause of the SOB or if it could be my heart again.
 
I hate to bother the doctor because the COPD has caused changes in my SOB before, but what should I do?  Can an EKG detect blocked arteries?  It has been about 3 weeks now that there has been a change in SOB (more SOB).
 
Help!

els
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   Posted 7/8/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi teaman,

No, an EKG cannot detect if you have blocked arteries.  It can pick up rythem problems and alert your doc to do further testing.  In my opinion you need to schedule an appointment to be seen for this.  It is your body and if you feel there is something wrong then follow up on it.  Any heart problems...if you feel you have one or not, should always be checked out by a doctor.  These are way too serious to just let go...


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AnnieInOz
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   Posted 7/8/2007 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Because you have more then one thing going, it would be best to have your doctor check you out.   I workout with others in cardio therapy that have copd and they are having problems right now because of the heat.   I had a had triple-bypass/defib.  Do you use oxygen to ease the copd?  Like els says, always best to check any new problems out. 

mama2jmt
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   Posted 7/9/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teaman!I agree w/the others.It is always better to be safe than sorry.I hope that it turns out good for you.Take care & best wishes!
~Jennifer~35 year old Carolina girl
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection-just biding my time
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet(2 grams)
          I declined a Defibrillator 2 years ago-now I don't need it!!!

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