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going for echocardiogram
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:39:47 AM »
Went to the doctor and told him that I usually have some sort of chest pains, sharp shooting pains,to pressure and heaviness. Almost constantly.  I do have generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. ButiI still worry something is wrong with me. The pain is not bad which im thankful for but its there. Anyone feel this way?
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Re: going for echocardiogram
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 12:25:50 PM »
Its anxiety. I had the same feelings before and was worried it could be something serious since I never had anxiety before. Doctor recommended blood work and an echochardiogram and both came out fine
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Re: going for echocardiogram
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 07:53:29 PM »
I guess I just cant grasp the feeling that anxiety can make symptoms so physical.  I always think something is terribly wrong with me.
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Re: going for echocardiogram
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 10:48:36 PM »
The doctor only sent me to do my EKG for my own reassurance. They performed a test where they stick these sticky pads on you and measure your heart beat or whatever and it was fine. She says she only wanted to do the EKG to make me feel better but there really isn't a reason to do one. The initial check was enough to calm my anxiety but I went to the EKG anyway since she already scheduled it.
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Re: going for echocardiogram
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 11:29:46 PM »
I've had an ekg in a ER visit.... but I've never had the echocardiogram done
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Re: going for echocardiogram
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 11:57:28 PM »
It's kind of like they do to pregnant women to look at the baby. They gel the area around you heart and move this remote control looking thing around. When I did mine they had me lay on my left side and on my back. The only annoying part is it took around 45 minutes to do and they won't tell you the results right away.  They might not tell you but when they are performing it sometimes they will turn the sound on to hear how your heart is working. Sounds almost like someone using a toilet plunger. No big deal but can be pretty scary of you don't know what's going on. I asked if it mattered that my heartbeat was a little faster since I was a little nervous and they said not at all. Your heart can beat as fast as it wants because that's not what they are testing for.
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