In August of 2009 I was hospitalized with Atria Fibrillation. I was put on flecainide and my sinus rhythm was restored within twenty minutes. This after receiving an echo cardiogram which showed my heart was "healthy".
Subsequently I was given a chemical stress test. ( the cardiologist only gives this type of test, says treadmill tests do not give proper results ).
The stress test showed that I might have a minor blockage in the lower part of my heart. My cardiologist suggested I undergo a catheterization, but because I have no medical coverage. He said it was not absolutely necessary, and we "could put it off " until I could find some insurance that would cover it. He said it just showed a very minor blockage, during the "rest period" of the test.
It has been almost two years, I still do not have insurance as it is beyond my financial means. I will have medicare in two more years.
My cardiologist is now harping on having the catheterization done. He is certified to only do chemical stress tests, and catheterizations. Which makes me suspicious. I asked him why, I wasn't given a treadmill test and he simply brushed me off with " they do not give me the results, I'm looking for". as an answer.
The catheterization if I had it now, would wipe out my meager savings. I have had no symptoms, or recurrence since going on the medication. I lead an active life, and exercise and go cycling regularly. I have had no symptoms such as shortness of breath, or pain. Each EKG I get, comes out normal.
I was a gardener, and still do gardening work which can be quite strenuous. I have had no problems!
I would like to ask to have a treadmill test, before I would consent to having the catheterization ( which I really don't see the purpose ) just to see how I perform on that test. Am I acting foolish here?