I am finally going to be having an echo cardiograph on the 5th of July. I did see the cardiologist about 3 weeks ago. My primary care doctor 's office did not send the results of the EKG, so he just did an examination and put me on magnesium supplements. My blood tests all came out normal. I am still having the palpitations. I have a copy of the EKG and apparently my heart is having PVC's about 6000 of them in a 24 hour period, and is also slowing down some down and speeding up.
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Person's Age: 51
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I just wanted to know how much they can learn from an EKG and an Echo test. I sometimes get a little worried about it, but think it must not be too bad if all my other tests are normal. My vitals are also normal. I have no edema or no real shortness of breath. I have some mild to moderate pain in my chest. I also occasionally have some dizziness right after I feel a paplitation. I have woken up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and at times seemingly beating slow. It has been going on for a couple of months. I also wondered if it could be menopause.
Hi Jana.Thanks for the extra information. They can tell a lot from an EKG and echocardiogram. The EKG tells your baseline rhythm and the echo tells if there are any structural or valve abnormalities.I think you meant the holter monitor showed 6000 PVCs in 24 hours. This is quite a bit and you may need a beta blocker medicine to slow it.To complete the workup, I would also get a stress test if you are having chest pain.
Thank you for your answer! I think the cardiologist mentioned that he would set up a stress test after the the echo. Is this dangerous in any way? I don't want to panic,but wonder at times since my Father had a heart attack at 29. I have had to wait a month to have the echo done. I guess it would have killed me by now if it were going to.
No its not an emergency and it sounds like your doctor is on the right track.