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Old 09-25-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy positive nuclear stress, negative cath

A little background....I am a 44 year old female. I have been a smoker for 25 years, quit 1 week ago. I had a hysterectomy 2 yr. Ago, history of one esophegal spasm. Normal echocardiogram 2 years ago, normal treadmill stress at that time also. Now...aproximately 4 weeks ago I strained myself very bad when I lifted a very heavy object. Since that time (incidental or not) I've had swelling from the knee down (mainly right side), chest pain, and shortness of breath with exertion. I had a negative ultrasound on my right leg, normal blood work, then an echo that showed a PFO or hole in the heart. This was followed by an aggitated saline (bubble study) echo which also showed the PFO. This was followed by a pulmonary function test that leaned toward SOA caused by heart problems, a nuclear lexiscan that showed a blockage in my heart, and a TEE thorasic esophegal echo that showed a small PFO. This was followed by a cardiac Cath that showed no blockages, and another echo with aggitated saline 4 times that showed no PFO. I am still having Shortness of air, chest pain and right leg swelling. Any ideas?

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