I am a 43 year old female who went in to see her doctor because I was having severe pms symptoms and thought I may be starting perimenopause. I was having palpitations, rapid heartbeart, extremely sore breasts, adrenaline surges etc. So she ordered me a CBC with differential, TSH, FSH and oh25vitamin d. All my blood work came back normal. She then sent me 3 days ago for an echocardiagram. They called me friday afternoon saying I had a small pericardial effusion with no evidence of tampenade and they wanted me to have a chest xray and more blood work done. Now I have an anxiety disorder and hearing this information has sent me over the edge. should I be worrying myself sick? wouldn't the echo be really bad if I was ready to have a heart attack? my ekg also came back normal. I do have arthritis in my back, could this cause this effusion?
My doctor had her assistant call me late last friday afternoon to tell me this, what I don't understand and will ask my doc when she calls me tomorrow, is why have a chest xray now? I'm guessing that maybe they didn't see that small pericardial effusion upon an anterior position and want to see if it is seen via a chest xray? I thought chest xray would be first then the echo cardiogram. That is where I am confused, wondering why they want a chest xray done because I thought an echo was more reliable. Thankfully I can say that my valves and heart are normal other than that small pericardial effusion.View Thread
I am a 43 year woman, ex-smoker, no health issues and am on no meds. I was just wondering what my chances of a heartattack are when I have healthy below 200 cholesterol levels, my blood pressure is 110/70 and sometimes lower than that and my sugar levels are normal.
I have suffered from anxiety my whole life but have had it under control for about 10 years and now it's back with a vengeance due to financial strain over losing a job that I was at for 13 years. So for the past couple of months I have been experiencing "adrenanline like surges in my chest" just as I am laying down to try to fall asleep along with some pvc's. I am susceptible to palpitations and after stress tests, ekgs and holter monitors, I was deemed healthy but those test were given over 10 years ago so I guess i am due for a cardio re-evaluation right? Just can't understand what those surges are? does anyone have these or know of them?
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