Originally Posted by jp1092
... I am getting concerned that i am not getting the best of care.
I don't blame you. It's been 23+ years since I was diagnosed with Heart Failure. During that time I have met some very good Cardiologists and some not-so-good Cardiologists. If I hadn't been very proactive and insistent during those 23 years, I would be dead, or worse, right now!
When I try to question the cardiologist he said the machines are saying I am fine.
The machines might be telling your Cardiologist that you are fine, but your body is saying otherwise. Which "machine" do you think is more accurate about your condition, the 30 day monitor or your body?
Remember John Ritter? He collapsed while filming "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" at 54. They took him to the hospital complaining of chest pain, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. He was hooked up to excellent monitors and had better than average care, of course. He died later that night. His family settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming that his medical problems were misdiagnosed "at least twice
" during his emergency visit to the hospital.
I think that is the reason why we patients are interested in "second" opinions.
Well I can't even walk around the block without the palpitations or whatever they are. It takes about an hour because I have to stop and let my heart and breathing calm down. |
I would want a good explanation from the Cardiologist as to why I was having these difficulties, and not a blank, "one size fits all" easy cop-out.
Can you get a second opinion? What would happen if you called your current Cardiologist's office and emphasized that you were experiencing difficult and concerning problems, and that you did not think it was wise to wait until August?