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Old 08-22-2003, 06:40 AM   #1
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I have posted before about my problems with a fast heart rate. This has went on for about 4 months now. I, also, have thyroid cancer and am going through treatment for that. So, my dr. isn't very concerned about my other symptoms right now. He thinks they are due to anxiety.

Anyway, right now my symptoms include a fast heart rate, dyspnea with daily activities and at night, and a lot of chest pressure(no pain). I have had several EKG's all coming back normal. I have also had a CT scan of my chest. I was just wondering, if I had something wrong with my heart, would it show up on an EKG? I'm only 23 and am in pretty good shape(other than the cancer), but heart disease does run in my family.
I would really appreciate any replys.
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Old 08-22-2003, 06:56 AM   #2
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EKG alone is sometimes not helpful in diagnosing a heart problem. My heart blockage was completely missed by all of the tests except the angiogram.

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Old 08-22-2003, 12:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.

Does anyone know of any specific heart conditions that might be causing my symptoms listed above? I, also, have a very weak heartbeat along with the tachycardia. I never have palpitations.
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Old 08-22-2003, 01:07 PM   #4
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Hi Hilery:
Along with other symptoms, a fast heart rate and low blood pressure are associated with anemia. Has this been ruled out?

 
Old 08-22-2003, 01:32 PM   #5
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Hi,
Thanks for your reply. I have been anemic in the past, but my blood tests have all been normal lately.

 
Old 08-22-2003, 01:37 PM   #6
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Actually, my Dr. says we have ruled out just about everything. I have had many blood tests, a CT scan of my chest, a CT scan of my brain, several EKG's, and worn a 24 hour holter monitor.
I'm thinking about finding a good cardiologist after my cancer treatment is over to have more detailed tests done on my heart. My gen Dr. says he doesn't think it's necessary, but I guess I just need piece of mind.
Hilery

 
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I'm with you Hilery, in terms of the "peace of mind". The EKG is a good tool for picking up general structural abnormalities of the heart, and of course can describe to you rates and rhythms (and many other things too). People with thyroid problems often do have problems with both their heart rate as well as rhythm. Though I can see why you would want to go to the cardiologist to get your heart checked out, I do think that there's nothing that the cardiologist can do that your GP couldn't do for you at this point.

Another thing, I doubt you are anemic because, since you have thyroid problems, the hospital is constantly running certain screening tests on your blood when they collect it, and I'm sure this has happened a lot (i.e. getting blood taken). Hemoglobin count is something they check on almost every blood screening exam, and I'm sure they would've caught it before had you had it.

 
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