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Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« on: May 19, 2014, 06:20:53 PM »
My holter monitor came back saying everything was normal except for some nonspecific ST wave changes.  Of course I googled.  Don't even scold me for that….I already know it was a bad idea.  Anyway, the results turned up anything from benign to life threatening. 

Is there anyone out there who has any knowledge on this?  Since there wasn't a specific issue on the results, they wouldn't allow me to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results…I've just been having a lot of new pains and sensations that have kicked my heart fears into overdrive again. 
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Re: Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2014, 07:40:55 PM »
Means nothing.  Nonspecific means nonspecific...and probably a normal variant for you.  I never worry about nonspecific ST changes unless the individual has several risk factors.  I look at age, cholesterol specifically HDL/LDL ratios, symptoms, smoking, diabetes, obesity and family history.  Depending on such I may do a further work up...less because of the EKG and more based on symptoms and risk factors.  An isolated nonspecific change in ST segment I don't chase.
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Re: Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014, 08:15:28 PM »
Ok, that makes sense.  Of course, one of the big things with hypos I think is that we constantly think the doctor missed something or just isn't taking us seriously because of our age, cholesterol, family history etc: )  Where other people say, why me?  I say why NOT me?    But no matter how many times I tell a doctor that I wake up gasping for air, that I feel like there's fluid in my lungs, that I have such and such pain….they all tell me anxiety: )  Of course, it doesn't help that I've read countless stories of people who have had heart attacks and their doctors dismissed their symptoms for months until they nearly died….oy vey.
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Re: Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2014, 08:51:05 PM »
I had nonspecific ST wave changes on a preoperative EKG and my cardio had no qualms about letting me undergo general anesthesia.  I have benign PVCs and am in a trigeminal rhythm more often than not, but my heart is healthy and structurally sound.  It's just touchy.   ::)  Follow up on it for your peace of mind, but it's more than likely a benign finding.
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Re: Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 09:42:16 PM »
Ok, that makes sense.  Of course, one of the big things with hypos I think is that we constantly think the doctor missed something or just isn't taking us seriously because of our age, cholesterol, family history etc: )  Where other people say, why me?  I say why NOT me?    But no matter how many times I tell a doctor that I wake up gasping for air, that I feel like there's fluid in my lungs, that I have such and such pain….they all tell me anxiety: )  Of course, it doesn't help that I've read countless stories of people who have had heart attacks and their doctors dismissed their symptoms for months until they nearly died….oy vey.
  It's not that they don't take you seriously.  It's just they see a young anxious person with symptoms that don't really make sense...they don't fit together.  I know people here don't want to hear this but most docs can diagnose you from the doorway.  Physicians are trained to know when to worry.  They also know the math.  A young healthy person without risk factors with vague non-connected symptoms, anxious affect, and a nonspecific finding on an EKG 99.99% of the time is ok.  You do a work up to cover your butt, to appease the patient but you know what the results will be.  And once you convince them their heart is ok, they will be back in with a new complaint and a new worry next week.  I know this thing from both sides of the street.  I know what it is to treat, and to be treated.  To sooth anxiety and worry and to be consoled by a specialist.  This HA thing is a beast.  Life is so short.  None of us escape this thing alive.  The question is this...how bad really is death?  Why do we fear it so much?  Or is it that we are afraid to live so we focus on death?  Grab life by the jewels and kick this HA thing in the teeth.  Get some help and live.
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Re: Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2014, 11:11:03 PM »
Ok, so maybe I don't give enough credit to doctors: )  I am always much too focused on the very slight chance that I will be one of the people who gets "missed" by the doctors rather than the thousands of other people who are diagnosed correctly (whether with anxiety or an actual physical disease). 
I want to be free of this so badly, but part of me hangs on because I (mistakenly) believe that if I am constantly vigilant, I won't be taken by surprise by something.  That I will survive.  It's a sh*tty way to live.  In fact, I'm about to try to make a big move across the country and started feeling like I was going to die before it happened.  Anxious brain says this is a premonition.  Rational brain says it's my anxiety trying to ruin things again: )

Thanks for your kind words.
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Re: Nonspecific ST wave changes? Anyone know anything?
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 10:14:08 AM »
Ok, so maybe I don't give enough credit to doctors: )  I am always much too focused on the very slight chance that I will be one of the people who gets "missed" by the doctors rather than the thousands of other people who are diagnosed correctly (whether with anxiety or an actual physical disease). 
I want to be free of this so badly, but part of me hangs on because I (mistakenly) believe that if I am constantly vigilant, I won't be taken by surprise by something.  That I will survive.  It's a sh*tty way to live.  In fact, I'm about to try to make a big move across the country and started feeling like I was going to die before it happened.  Anxious brain says this is a premonition.  Rational brain says it's my anxiety trying to ruin things again: )

Thanks for your kind words.

Not a problem.  We all here engage catastrophic thinking.  It's why we need help in order to beat this thing.
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