I've mentioned this in previous topics, but it's still the main thing that's worrying me. I have a very strong visible pulse at both sides of my neck, and particularly between the collarbones. I can also always see my pulse in my stomach, and sometimes at my wrists. My chest shakes a little with each heartbeat. Also, I can occasionally feel my pulse in my fingertips, as I touch things.
Now, I've seen 3 separate GPs, and 2 emergency doctors (one of whom was assisted by a cardiologist.) I've got good pulse rate (averaging 60) and good BP. I've had 2 ekgs, and both were normal. I've had my heart listened to for murmurs 4 times by 4 separate doctors, and I've been clear. I've had a chest x-ray which was examined by a cardiologist and showed no abnormalities. I'm 29 years old.
I'm being told that this is all anxiety-related, and that I just have a naturally stronger pulse than most. My own GP (who specialises in heart cases) says that if there was any valve problem, she would hear it. I specifically mentioned aortic insufficiency to her (because of stuff I'd read online) and she ruled it out, saying that for AI to cause my neck symptoms, the murmur would be significant, and other symptoms would be very apparent. She feels there's no reason for me to have any further tests.
Do you think it's time for me now to move on and forget about all of this? It's mainly the frighteningly bounding pulse in my neck that worries me (but doctors seem unfazed by it.) Any advice would be appreciated.
Ask your doctor to schedule you an echocardiogram. It's kind of like an ultra sound of your heart, not painful at all.....and it will show everything about your valves and the blood thats being pumped through your heart. It isnt overly expensive, and can be done in most Cardios office. It can show them in real time how you heart is working and any abnormalities that might be there. It sounds like they won't find anything, but this would give you some peace of mind I think. I have a hard pulse in my neck that is caused by MVP. It should make a sound in your heart when they listen, but even if you do have it, it is usually nothing to worry about....it would just explain your hard pulse. Good Luck!
Thanks, Mileena. I've considered an echo, but every doctor I've seen thinks it's entirely unnecessary. My last physical was a long one, with the doctor having a real good listen on her steth to my heart, lungs and carotids. She said everything sounded great.
I don't want to be a timewaster, and I'd love to just get on with my life. But I can't go on checking other people's necks to see if they pulse as much as mine does!
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