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Oct 20, 2018 · Ongoing Chest Pain in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Loved1. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm wondering if you had a CT of the coronary arteries as part of your work up prior to your cardiac event. You mentioned an EKG, treadmill and echo which were normal but did they do a CT scan of your coronary arteries. I only ask because I just had one and they assured me that despited my cardiac symptoms my arteries were clear on this test.

Oct 17, 2018 · stress echo in Heart & Blood Health

Hello emanuel_zorg. I read your posts from June 15 and Oct. 2nd. I'm interested in your story and hope you can share more information. Especially regarding the research you are doing, and why you feel the echo test is flawed. Were you referring to a 2D echo or a stress echo? I have multiple cardiac symptoms and have had multiple 2D echos which are relatively normal. I"m convinced there is an issue with a valve but since the 2 and 3D echo keeps coming back fairly normal they will not proceed with a more invasive test like a trans-esophageal echo (T.E.E) or a Left Heart catheterization. I'm now having abdominal and leg edema but I am only receiving Losartan. Lasix did not work to reduce edema. Just started Aldactone today.

Sep 9, 2018 · Valve Disease in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Colleen. May I ask what is your experience with Dr. Davidson? Is he a surgeon or cardiologist? did you have a valve problem that he was able to diagnose? if so, how was it discovered? I would really appreciate it if you could share your story. Thank you!

Sep 8, 2018 · Valve Disease in Heart & Blood Health

Hello. Can anyone out there recommend a doctor in the Chicagoland area that specializes in valve disease? Thank you.

Sep 8, 2018 · Lymphocytic Myocarditis in Heart & Blood Health

Hello. Can you please tell me more about your symptoms and how you were diagnosed with lymphocytic myocarditis. I have had many cardiac symptoms for years that remain a mystery to my doctors. I suspect that all my symptoms started with a myocarditis which has left my heart damaged. I would really appreciate it if you could share your story. Thank you.

Aug 28, 2018 · Valve Disease in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Lisa. I am convinced that I have an issue with one of my valves. Longstanding symptoms of inability to build exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, chest pressure, palpitations, fluid retention since 2006. I had a work-up at Mayo, MN 2012. No answers. I can not get my doctors in Chicago to move beyond a 2 D echo because they feel the echo needs to show something suspicious before they will do a left heart cath or a trans-espophageal echo. Ive had a bike echo, CPX, R heart cath, coronary angiogram and several 2 D echos .Are there any other test that might show a valve issue better than a 2 D echo? I don't understand why they will not do more tests given the length of time I've had the symptoms. I even had a cardiac stress MRI but none of the tests they have done are with specific valve protocol. I just don't understand. I'm also wondering if Mayo, AZ has just as much expertise with valve disease and surgeries as Mayo MN. I don't have any family here in Chicago and my daughter lives in AZ and wants me to be seen there if they have just as much expertise in this area. Please advise if you can. Thank you.

Aug 22, 2018 · Valve Disease in Heart & Blood Health

Hello carlysmith011. thank you for your reply. The echo you had that showed "mild-moderate stenosis not critical"…was that a resting 2D echo? or was it found on a Stress Echo? Which valve had stenosis? Did the echo show regurgitation? What were your symptoms? I really feel that my symptoms are from a faulty valve but they will not check them beyond the resting echo which was normal. Sorry for all the questions but I've been searching for an answer since 2006. Thank you.

Aug 21, 2018 · Valve Disease in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Yoanne. I was recently diagnosed with exercise hypertension from a bicycle echo and cardiopulmonary stress test. But my symptoms have been present since 2006 and I had a normal exercise BP on stress test in 2012. So I don't think the high exercise BP is causing the symptoms. I think it's from a bad valve that is not being identified on echo. Thank you for your comment.