new, 24yof, long road here..
i'm really going to try and be brief, but i've dealt with so much and have so many questions -- i had preeclamsia and renal failure with my pregnancy. since, i have had sob, chest pain, headaches, edema, proteinuria, high blood pressure and so many other symptoms - even though I am only 24 and am 120 pounds. my doctors kept telling me it was panic, but the medication wasn't helping. after numerous trips to the doctor, i finally went to the ER. i ended up FINALLY getting some real tests done. Long story short, chest x-ray showed pleurisy, blood work showed positive ana and low platlets, stress echo showed exercise induced ST depression but was otherwise normal event monitor showed heart rate increases up to 180 just from changing my clothes, 200's with walking up stairs, etc. i was then diagnosed with inapproprate sinus tachycardia. After a positive tilt study, I was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope - I have a history of passing out as a teenager, but not since - my doc thinks i subconsciously "compensate to prevent myself from actually passing out. My EKG's were always normal, until recently. Went into the doctor with +2 edem in my lower extremitites, EKG showed non specific STT changes. My family doctor sent me to my cardiologist, EKG their showed the same changes. I have been on Toprol since October, resting heart rate is still 100 bpm, BP was 142/92 in the office, but then 90/40 ten minutes later. NOW I am scheduled for a diagnostic cardiac catheter in January. I am EXTREMELY nervous.... but more than anything, I'm wondering what exactly it is that they are looking for. What is it they might be thinking? Also, my dad died at age 30 while swimming laps in a pool. They don't know exactly how he died - his autopsy showed his heart was normal, but for some reason, it just stopped. Anyway, if anyone can give me some insight as to what all of these tests may mean, what they will be looking for with the cardiac catheter, what to expect, etc. I am very anxious, very scared, and feeling CLUELESS. Also, lately, my heart starts PUNDING whenever I lay flat, and even on 75 mg Toprol, my resting rate is around 106. Should I be concerned about this? Thank you for your help.