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Old 12-04-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Worried about my husband

On Wednesday 10th. November my husband was playing golf and started to ache and become breathless with tightness in upper chest when walking up hill. He had received his first ever influenza vaccination 10 days before so we thought it was a reaction to that.

He still wasn't well by Friday 12th. November so visited his doctor who said he needed an ECG and blood tests, he had the tests on Tuesday 16th. November and doctor said heartbeat was slightly irregular, cholestrol levels and blood pressure fine so he didn't think it was anything serious but would refer him to a specialist as a precaution.
My husband felt better and played golf on Friday 19th. November with no problem.

He played again on Monday 22nd. November, the day was very cold and his breathing became very laboured and he had to leave the game.He saw the doctor again on Wednesday 24th. November because he still had chest tightness and was breathless, the doctor gave him diuretics for 5 days, told him not to do anything too strenuous especially in the cold for a while and not to drink tea or coffee and saw him again on Monday 29th. November.

The chest tightness disappeared as soon as he took the diuretics and the breathlessness improved a lot, he was checked again by the doctor on Monday 29th. November who prescribed another 2 months of diurectics and he wants to see him again on 20th. December.

My husband asked if he should pay privately to see the specialist ASAP but 2 of the medical practice doctors said that they do not think it is that serious. He has improved, no chest pain but still gets breathless now and then and is very tired. He says that he feels as if he has had a bad dose of 'flu and it has worn him out, his appetite has also lessened but the doctor said that was due to diuretics.He also feels bloated and is constipated.

Has anyone else had these symptoms and how long did they take to improve?
my husband is never ill and I am really concerned.

Thank you for listening

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Old 12-06-2010, 01:55 PM   #2
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... He played again on Monday 22nd. November, the day was very cold and his breathing became very laboured and he had to leave the game.He saw the doctor again on Wednesday 24th. November because he still had chest tightness and was breathless, the doctor gave him diuretics for 5 days, told him not to do anything too strenuous especially in the cold for a while and not to drink tea or coffee and saw him again on Monday 29th. November.
Let's explore some possibilities...

Some causes for chest tightness and breathlessness could be either an enlarged heart, heart rhythm problems, plugged arteries, heart valve dysfunction or Asthma.

I would assume that your husband doesn't have Asthma, else you would have mentioned a history of it. I assume that your husband is 50 or older??? It is unusual for Asthma to come on suddenly later in life.

That leaves with an enlarged heart, heart rhythm problems, heart valve dysfunction or plugged arteries.

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The chest tightness disappeared as soon as he took the diuretics and the breathlessness improved a lot, he was checked again by the doctor on Monday 29th. November who prescribed another 2 months of diurectics and he wants to see him again on 20th. December.
It's interesting that the diuretics improved his condition. Diuretics reduce the workload of the heart. This could reflect upon the possibility of an enlarged heart or weakened heart, whereas by reducing the workload of the heart via diuretics, the heart is allowed to function better.

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My husband asked if he should pay privately to see the specialist ASAP but 2 of the medical practice doctors said that they do not think it is that serious. He has improved, no chest pain but still gets breathless now and then and is very tired. He says that he feels as if he has had a bad dose of 'flu and it has worn him out, his appetite has also lessened but the doctor said that was due to diuretics.He also feels bloated and is constipated.
Some more thoughts... if your husband had solely heart rhythm problems, without an enlarged/weakened heart, the diuretics might make his condition worse since diuretics flush helpful minerals out of the body, which can lead to heart rhythm/beat problems.

With an enlarged heart, the body also has problems converting calories to energy. Stomach bloating can be related to the increased dietary problems related to an enlarged/weakened heart. With an enlarged/weakened heart, the patient can also lose his appetite and feel weak, worn out, fatigued, especially when the heart is functioning worse. With an enlarged/weakened heart, sometimes the heart functions pretty good, sometimes pretty bad.

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My husband asked if he should pay privately to see the specialist ASAP but 2 of the medical practice doctors said that they do not think it is that serious.
If you have the insurance and/or the money, the best non-invasive way to get a full evaluation of one's heart is through a heart echocardiogram through a trusted medical facility that has a good reputation for doing high quality echocardiogram analysis and evaluation. That way, you can find out the condition of your husband's valve, heart arteries, pumping effectiveness, enlargement or thickness, etc.

I am not a medical professional, nor have I any training or education in health. I am just throwing out somethings to think about. I could be totally wrong in all of my assumptions and guesswork.

Best of luck and health to both you and your husband!
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:27 AM   #4
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Re: Worried about my husband

Thanks Machaon,

I have just returned from our general hospital where my husband has been admitted to the Coronary Care Unit. I feel quite relieved as his General Practitioners kept saying there was nothing seriously wrong but he has been getting gradually worse.

He felt so ill this morning that he rang his GP and went to see him at 4.30.p.m.
his GP told him to go straight to the hospital where he had X-Rays and blood tests, the hospital dr. said that he hadn't seen such an erratic pulse for a long time so they are keeping him in under observation, hopefully he is now in the right place for treatment.

I will keep you posted

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Thanks Machaon,

I have just returned from our general hospital where my husband has been admitted to the Coronary Care Unit. I feel quite relieved as his General Practitioners kept saying there was nothing seriously wrong but he has been getting gradually worse.
Just goes to show that we can always have full faith in our medical professionals!?

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He felt so ill this morning that he rang his GP and went to see him at 4.30.p.m.
his GP told him to go straight to the hospital where he had X-Rays and blood tests, the hospital dr. said that he hadn't seen such an erratic pulse for a long time so they are keeping him in under observation, hopefully he is now in the right place for treatment.
The blood test for NT PROBNP, if it shows to be high, is a fairly reliable test for an enlarged heart. I am not saying that he has an enlarged heart, but his symptoms usually are ones experienced with an enlarged/weakened heart.

I've suffered with an enlarged/weakened heart for over 23 years and am now close to 70. It is no picnic, but it is quite survivable with a fairly good quality of life.

A rapid, erratic heartbeat could also be caused if your husband has recently increased his encounter with various heart irritants and heart stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine or cigarette smoke or allergens or chemicals or odors, etc...... But, with your husbands other symptoms, it does appear that the cause of his symptoms would be much more serious than just allergies and reactions to irritants and stimulants.

I am not really trying to diagnose your husband, not am I qualified in any way to do so. I am just throwing out some conversation based on what I have gone through in the past 23+ years.

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I will keep you posted

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I hope that you will bring back good news and tell me that I was full of it!
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When I visited the hospital this morning at 09.am. my husband wasn't too bad but was told only to stay in bed or sit on chair, no walking as heartbeat very high. He hadn't slept at all in the night so was very tired. He was seen by 3 general medical doctors who said that once they got the heart rate down it could be controlled with beta blockers and warfarin.They started him on a beta blocker while I was there.

When I went back up at 3.p.m.the nurse told me that he had been sick and had a dry cough and when he was coughing he was distressed, one of the doctors thought he may have had a reaction to the beta blocker so they were trying him on digoxin but that would take a while to regulate the heart beat. She also said that his ECG and blood tests had come back clear.

The Cardiologist said he is not excluding anything at the moment and asked him if he had been abroad recently and if anyone else in his party had been feeling ill. He did go on a week's golf trip to Tenerife Sept. 16th. to 23rd. but his symptoms appeared on Nov. 10th. and one of the party had symptoms of chest pains and weakness at the same time as my husband but his doctor prescribed antibiotics and he was fine.

He was sick again while I was there and asked if I would leave as he couldn't be bothered to talk. I rang at 8.30.p.m. and they said his heartbeat was still quite high but he had felt better after being sick and was now exhausted through lack of sleep.

Here's hoping he sleeps tonight and the medication regulates his heart beat

Pat

 
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Here's hoping he sleeps tonight and the medication regulates his heart beat

Pat
This has got to be very stressful on both your and your husband!

Have they been able to slow down his heartbeat?
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Hi Machaon,
Good news, hubby much better today he slept last night and woke up feeling better and starving which is astonishing as he has had no appetite for the last month.The cardiologist couldn't believe the improvement.

He did have a bad reaction to the beta blocker and the staff nurse identified it before the doctor as she had seen it before in another patient.

The cardiologist is not too worried about the heart as that can be sorted with the medication ,he doesn't see any heart damage but thinks that the rapid heart beat is causing the heart valves to be slow in closing, they are strting to bring it down slowly.

He had a lung scan today as they think that the problem is a clot on the lung that has probably built up from a flight he took abroad in late September. If it is that they can control it with warfarin and they have already started him on a large dose to ensure it disperses quickly.

Funnily enough his sister has had the exact same symptoms since her flight to Egypt last month and is getting her results tomorrow, she was put on an inhaler and 5 days of steroids which were a help until she stopped the steroids and now only has the inhaler to help.

Hope tomorrow is as good as or better than today

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Update on hubby:

No problem with his lungs and the doctors are now thinking that the rapid heart rate is just something that happens for no apparent reason. His heart rate is being brought down slowly with medication as rushing it may cause problems. He is nearly back to normal.

Pat

 
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Haven't been on for a while so thought that I would update on hubby.
He came out of hospital after 6 days and had Ecogram and 24 hour ECG 2 weeks later.
His GP discussed the results with him last week, slight damage to L ventracle and fluid around the heart, the fluid a lot less than before so GP and Consultant quite pleased with him and say he should be fine as long as he is sensible, doesn't get too stressed and takes his medication.
He is back to playing golf 3 times a week but now uses a buggy as a precaution.
Thanks for your support

Pat

 
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