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73 yr old female with heart failure diagnosis 6 yrs ago

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73 yr old female with heart failure diagnosis 6 yrs ago following an acute episode of hyperthyroidism. Thyroid removed and placed on medication. A pacemaker was installed.

Doctor's Assistant: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?

Ops...didn't intend to hit the send button. Patient has been rather asymptomatic until approximately one month ago when she became basically bedridden with flu like symptoms for approximately 3 days followed by four days of extreme fatigue, palpitation, pressure in chest and continued inability to be physically active.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Darn it...hit send button again by accident. Patient seen at military hospital emergency room; x-ray, lab work and electro cardiogram all negative. Pacemaker mfg rep checked pacemaker function; normal and did not indicate any history of abnormal heart activity.

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Cardiologist: Dr Stan, Doctor replied 5 months ago
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Hello, this is Dr. Stan, thank you for your question. I am U.S. trained,

Board Certified and I have 30 years of patient experience and I am here to help you today.

Having the "Flu" can debilitate someone by itself but with underlying heart failure, can take many weeks to get her strength back. Since all tests were negative, fluid in chest, abnormal heart rate/rhythm the fatigue will pass given a few weeks and she should get back to pre-flu stability.

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