I can't tell the difference anymore over my reactions!
3 weeks ago while running on the treadmill, my heart skipped a beat and it freaked me out; because my dad had heart disease, I thought it was time to see a cardiologist. I'm 28 years old and a smoker. Over the last year I had gained 30 pounds, because I stopped exercising and started eating terrible foods, so I was convinced that all the factors above were against me and that I developed clogged arteries.
First appointment: he did a EKG and listened to my heart; said it was normal and that *IF* I wanted more peace of mind, I can get a stress test (he said it could be normal if my heart skips a beat when my heart rate is up to 160-163).
My stress test was today. I read online that the test usually takes 20 minutes and involves different speeds and intensity increases.
The machine wasn't working, so he spent 20 minutes rebooting, it finally worked.
I went on, the test took 7 minutes, and I was at a constant speed with a 10% incline while my heart rate was up to 146-149 and he monitored the screen the whole time. He said "everything is normal and looks fine, you're healthy."
BUT I'm rather pissed.. I feel like the test only took 7 minutes, because he spent so much time rebooting the machine and he wanted to rush me out to get to his other patients... what if he missed something or didn't let my heart rate go up even higher to really see and missed something?
When I asked him about how my heart rate at 163 has me skipping a beat sometimes or fluttering he says I may be over training and to not to and to stay where I'm comfortable.
But I just can't tell if I'm TRULY pissed at the doctor or if my HA is trying to convince me that he missed something so I wont be satisfied with the "everything is fine" statement he made....
UGH.. sorry for the long post..
I'm already looking for other cardiologists for the same tests...