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    Practitioner discrepancies cause anxiety. Anxiety bad for the heart.
    QuestionAuthority posted:
    My primary care physician ran an EKG. She read it as my having, at that time, an MI. Sent me to the ER. ER physician reviews EKG and says, poof-tish. Went to great lengths to show me that the PCP had erred. Tell me - what good did that do anyone. The PCP was nearly across the street. Could they not telephone, or was the string on the cans too short. There is angst where there was little.

    All I want now is the strength and courage and belief in myself to walk away from all of them and live my life for as long as it lasts. It's not easy. Hence, my username is meaningless, as how can a person, being told they're dying - participate in debate. ER doc very definitely made me feel as though I had made it all up. Of course, I am a female.

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    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    Anxiety bad for the heart

    Definitely. Stress too. One or both can wreak havoc on the entire body.

    ......"ran an EKG. She read it as my having, at that time, an MI".

    "ER physician reviews EKG"

    "Went to great lengths to show me that the PCP had erred."

    Unfortunately, no diagnostic test is 100% perfect, and as reported, a routine resting electrocardiogram (ECG) tends to be less accurate in women than in men.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

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    Heart attack info (taking into consideration that symptoms can sometimes be different in women than in men).


    Heart Disease: Heart Attacks

    More than 1 million Americans have heart attacks each year.


    Heart Attack

    What Is A Heart Attack? Types Of Heart Attack. Symptoms Of A Heart Attack.

    Is It A Heart Attack?......

    ***Additional Info - for Women***

    Heart disease

    The whole disease is poorly understood in women, from the expression of the symptoms all the way down to some of the basic mechanisms. The disease has a very broad spectrum, and more men are at one side and more women are at the other side.

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    WebMD Health archives

    NEWS FOR WOMEN: Heart Attack Symptoms May Be Different Than You Think - 11/9/01

    Fatigue May Warn of Women's Heart Attacks - Women Report Fatigue More Often Than any Other Symptom, Including Chest Pain - 11/3/03

    The Difference in a Woman's Heart


    The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

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    Heart attack

    It is reported that many females experience warning signs/symptoms a month or two in advance. In descending order of occurrence, they are unusual tiredness or fatigue, sleep disturbance, dyspnea, indigestion, anxiety, racing heart and weak/heavy arms. During actual heart attacks, symptoms reported in females, in descending order were dyspnea, weakness, unusual fatigue, cold sweat, dizziness, nausea and weak/heavy arms.
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    "Heart disease is by far the number one killer of women in America. Every year, it takes the lives of half a million women, many had no prior symptoms and many others had symptoms that were unrecognized or undiagnosed."

    - Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine/Cardiology, Weill Medical College, Cornell University


    Women & Coronary Artery Disease

    60% of women who die suddenly (sudden cardiac death) from CAD have no previous symptoms. Women are less likely to notice they have a heart problem. Women with heart disease often have symptoms different from men, instead of classic chest pain or pressure (angina pectoris), they may report dyspnea, fatigue, indigestion and anxiety. Making an accurate diagnosis of heart disease in women is often more challenging than it is in men.


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