I'm getting tired of chest pain on exertion...about 10 years of it, on and off.
I really want to get to the bottom of it.
I've been on Lipitor for about 4 years and run the gamut of HBP meds (all except channel blockers).
About 3 years ago I had a stress test WITH the old chest burning furiously throughout. At doc's urging I worked through it and finished the 12 minutes and had an immediate echocardiogram:
Results, Much better than average stress tolerance for a man "his age"
"No ischemia during test"...an outright lie, the man must be deaf since I told him my chest was killing me about 5 times.
BP went super high....oh well.
Diagnosis: "Probably not cardiac."
I stopped my Lipitor for 2 weeks to try to determine if it's responsible for the many aches and pains I suffer....knees, shoulders, back, neck...YADA YADA old age.
Last night running for a bus...about a 10 second sprint BURN, BABY, BURN. It stopped after sitting in the bus about 5 minutes. I had a miserable night of worry...another of many.
What is the routine for me. My EKG's are always normal, I don't think I want to repeat another stress test but I also don't want to do nothing and be found dead at a bus stop.
Should I push for angiography or something less invasive like MRI, CT scan??
Is anybody up on the state of the art for determining whether I have any cardiac artery blockages. Least dangerous first always a better choice.
I am a very good diagnostician but for the life of me I cannot decide for myself whether this pain is GERD or angina pectoris...or other things like esophageal spasm or some sort of bronchial sensitivity. The scariest thing is the pain most often occurs LONG after eating....and walking into a cold wind
But I know I can't live with the stress test result of :"Probably not cardiac."
Oh yeah, my mom died of progressive heart disease...arterial blockages that only got worse and worse. Her first clue:
Doctor: "When did you have that heart attack?"
Mom: "What heart attack?"
Any help or advice GREATLY appreciated.
[This message has been edited by zip2play (edited 10-18-2003).]