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irshides posted:
I just went in to my GP for heaviness in my chest, and shortness of breath. I also went in in October for swelling in my ankles, at that time the NP put me on a water pill, with no explanation of the swelling. With the current symptoms my GP did do an ECG. She asked if my concern of heart problems was great enough to warrant a Stress Test if the ECG was clear (normal) I said, no, sounds like I would have no reason to have that test. Well, the ECG came back with the results of a LV block? and an "early beat" . She never ordered the stress test, and is treating for anxiety? I am concerned about the ECG results, never explained the significance of them, the swelling never explained and the fact that my father has heart failure and his first heart attack was at my age 46! Should I follow up with a cardiologist on this, or do I have to be referred? Just not sure of the ECG results combined with my risk factors 46, female with pre-diabetes and family history and would appreciate any past history or direction on this. I don't smoke, not overweight and I have good cholesterol, blood pressure is usually very low 90/62. Thanks.
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billh99 responded:
with no explanation of the swelling.
I am concerned about the ECG results, never explained the significance of them, the swelling never explained

Remember you are your own best doctor. You need to be proactive and ask questions.

Should I follow up with a cardiologist on this, or do I have to be referred?

You have a test that shows an abnormality, you have symptoms, and you have a family history.

If it was me I would certain want this followed up.

I don't know what kind of medical system and/or insurance that you have. So I don't know you can make an appoint directly with a cardiologist or need to get a referral from your GP.
 
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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
It would seem appropriate to consider seeing a cardiologist or have some cardiac testing given her symptoms of edema, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Sometimes doctors recommend an ultrasound of the heart or a stress test to get more information. Would be worth discussing with your doctor.
 
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irshides replied to billh99's response:
Thank you for your response, I have made an appointment and will be seen tomorrow by a cardiologist.
 
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irshides replied to James Beckerman, MD, FACC's response:
Thank you for your response, I have made an appointment and will be seen tomorrow by a cardiologist. I appreciate the response, making the appointment has already lessened the worry.
 
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cardiostarusa1 replied to irshides's response:
Thanks for the update. Let us know how the appointment went.

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