Some Test Results


Still no freeze here. I need to get outside and tidy up the plants before it freezes, but my energy is low. I'm surprised by this, as I've always had a lot of energy.

They called to tell me the results of the EKG. They want me to have an Echocardiogram because of right atrial enlargement of my heart. 

I guess I'm surprised by this as well, because I've never had any problems when they listen to my chest. 

I was not there for that, but for this bladder problem and nausea. Yet then I had the EKG and now this other test will have to be scheduled. 

Of course I'm already worrying what insurance will cover, as it seems to be a pretty expensive test. But I guess I'll just have to grin and bear it, as they say.

These bladder spasms are what is driving me crazy right now. But when I asked about them, they said they wanted me to have the ultrasound first before they do anything else. It is scheduled for early tomorrow morning.

I guess you just have to take it one day at a time. That is life in a nutshell. One day at a time. One foot in front of the other. 

Have any of you ever had this test?


35 comments

  1. Brenda, you poor thing! I sure hope you get some answers and relief as soon as possible.

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  2. Good luck with all the tests, I will keep you in prayer.

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  3. Wishing you restored health ASAP -

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  4. Good Morning Brenda! I was hoping to hear that you were feeling much better. But, one day at a time. That EKG is nothing to worry about as far as pain or discomfort goes. I have had a couple over the years. Then nothing that the Dr. was worrying about showed up. Which, I guess was a good thing. So, we'll just keep praying for you to have good news & healthier days will be back soon.

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  5. Brenda I seem to be in the same boat as you just a different part of the body. One test leads to another test. So far without any real answers but some good news at what they 'didn't' find. Good luck and let us know the results!

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  6. Hi Brenda, Yes I just had the same test done and it's pretty simple. There isn't a lot involved in the actual test, but they can tell a lot by the results. Until this past few months I never had heart problems, and then in July I had 4 hospital ER visits due to a rapid heart best. It went up to over 180 beats per minute. 65 to 70 is normal for me. Now I take blood thinners twice a day and a heart pill every 5 hours. That's due to my not being able to take time release capsules. So I take a fast acting pill 5 times a day instead.It seems to have everything under control for now, but it was a scary thing there for awhile. The hardest part is not knowing the why of it. They say it just happens sometimes.I see my cardiologist every six months for checkups. I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow and will be thinking of you.

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  7. I have had all those tests too. been to the ER twice this year and then hospitalized.
    I remain in Afib. like Karel above I too take warfarin... a blood thinner. I couldn't afford Xaralto. they want to stop my heart and restart it and I am too afraid to let them do that. I had cardiac arrest when they did a stent back in 2003. in my mind is the fear this time they might not bring me back! I just learned that the dye they have used in the stress tests they've done on my heart for the last nine years has played a part in causing me to have CKD. chronic kidney disease. no one ever mentioned THAT!
    I have had malignant hypertension for that long too which is the biggest cause. i'm now on whatever I can eat for 3 conditions. CKD and heart disease and diabetes 2. still. life is wonderful! and I am learning to adjust to it all. and I have learned one thing for sure. we must stay INFORMED about our own situation! it's so important.
    I might have caught the kidney damage earlier had I done some research. live and learn.
    you're strong. and we'll hold only good thoughts about it all for you. xo

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  8. Brenda, you are in my prayers. I had the same test recently and it is not uncomfortable or painful in any way. My test ended up showing nothing wrong. Amy

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  9. Good luck Brenda with the ultrasound tomorrow. I hope that will show what is causing the spasms. The heart echo is a pretty easy test and will give lots of picture of that enlargement so they can look at it closer. Hoping for good results.
    Kris

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  10. Best wishes with your test tomorrow. Sometimes, most of the stress is not knowing. Hopefully, you'll have some answers soon.

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  11. Had an EKG years ago, then I needed an echocardiogram. It showed nothing was amiss. I have had several ekgs since then for pre op a d nothing that needed any follow up at all. The echo was sort off like an ultrasound.

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  12. I'll be thinking positive thoughts regarding you and your upcoming test tomorrow. Hoping that all is well and that you will soon be feeling great again.

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  13. Brenda, I’m sorry to hear this and wish you well on your tests. A day at a time, and you’ll get through everything.

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  14. Awww, Brenda, it just seems to be one thing after the other for you lately, I'm so sorry!! I had that test done years ago, as I have an irregular heartbeat. It wasn't anything to worry about, and it will give them a better picture of what's going on with your heart so they can figure out the proper treatment. Good luck with the ultrasound, hopefully they can figure out what's going on with the bladder spasms and get you some help!

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  15. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS BRENDA........DO NOT FEEL ALONE......... love...dee

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  16. It never rains but it pours. Prayers and well wishes sent.

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  17. Not sure if its the echo or ultrasound you're curious about but the Echo is pretty much an ultrasound of your heart.
    I could wallpaper a room with mine:)
    Sending a prayer,keep good thoughts.

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  18. I don't know anything about that test but it sounds like others have experience with it which is helpful. I do know a little about going to the MD for one issue, and then discovering there could be another issue -- a couple of weeks ago, my husband had blood tests done during his physical. His doctor was concerned that his blood sugar level could be high, but the blood test showed that level was OK. Instead, the blood tests indicated a high PSA level, which could be an indicator of an issue with the prostate, possibly cancer. So he will go to a urologist for additional testing. Not what we were expecting. But we will deal with it, just as you will deal with your issue, and hopefully all will be well for both of you!

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  19. Brenda, I've just recently switched doctors. I went in yesterday for my 1st bone density test. While waiting, I said to myself,"I hate hospitals, I hate going to the doctor". Seems like even if you are feeling good, they want some test done. I know that it is preventive, but sometimes I'd rather not know what's wrong. Good luck with this test coming up.

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  20. Yes, I know the test, Brenda. It is basically an ultra sound of the heart and non-invasive and not painful.
    I am so sorry about the bladder spasms-that must be downright miserable. Praying for all the tests for you and that you are soon in completely good health. xo Dana

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  21. I am so sorry you're having these health problems. I've had a couple of EKGs, but not an echo. I will be thinking about you tomorrow morning.

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  22. I have not had those tests but I am sorry you have to go through them. Hoping you get better very soon.

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  23. Brenda, Will be lifting you and your doctors up in prayer as you go through these test. Best of wishes to you. Sandra

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  24. Brenda I'm sending positive thoughts! Hang in there! Carol

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  25. I have had two. And I am age 51. Both times I fell asleep because I found it to be quite soothing. I have had two TIA's (mini-strokes) I take a baby aspirin a day and I have been on HBP meds for years.

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  26. Brenda. I've had the ekg but not the echo test. They were no big deal. Whatever it is you need it looked at. And maybe it was a false read. I know it's of great concern though. You will be in my thoughts

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  27. It's always good they check things out for you! Ultrasounds/echos are not painful., but they can help them get a better view. I just had my carotid arteries done, as the doctor heard a sound, but the test showed I was fine. I was glad to have them look at it, though. Hopefully they get it done, so you can get the bladder spasms under control!

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  28. Prayers to you that everything turns out super well...

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  29. The ultrasound is one where they move a wand over your chest and it's a very simple procedure. I'm sorry you're going through this as it's always a concern, but glad they are doing the testing to get to the bottom of possible problems. I'll say a prayer that all will go well and you'll soon feel better!

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  30. Doggone it! I'm sorry to hear about this new health issue. I would worry, too, but as you said, you just have to take it one day at a time. It's not easy. I am better at it than I used to be before I had treatment for breast cancer, but my mind still often races ahead with all the scenarios possible. I think it's good that you have the diagnostics that are suggested and hopefully learn what you are dealing with and then feel well again. As for the cost, don't worry about it. There will be a way to deal with that. There are programs for those of us who are on a limited income which will help with the cost.

    I'll be thinking about you as you have the echocardiogram tomorrow. I'm sure I've had one because I had a blocked artery a few years ago and had to have a stent put in but I don't remember a thing about it. It's not invasive, though, as I remember that whole episode.

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  31. Yes, I had it a few weeks ago. I torn my rotator cuff back in August and I need surgery for it. They put me through cardiac clearance, because I will be under general anesthesia for the surgery. I had a cardiac stent put in back in 2004, so that's what got this ball rolling. I had an EKG and then the echocardiogram, which then lead to a stress test and finally, on the 7th, I had a cardiac stent put in. The echocardiogram is easy. Just like an ultrasound of your heart. Doesn't take too long and if you end up having a stress test, that's not too bad either.

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  32. Brenda, I hope you receive good news. I will be thinking of you.

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  34. One foot in front of the other...awning you prayers. ❤️

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  35. Best wishes, Brenda. It is a fairly easy test. Around here, they have this huge motor home turned into a doctor's office that goes to shopping center parking lots, and you can get a bunch of cardiac tests for under 200 dollars. They do it around twice a year. I took advantage of it one year to save money from the doctor doing it, because it had not been done in years. I wonder, if the future, won't help now, if they have something like that? Any way... I hope all goes well. xoxo Su

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