I started out having chest pressure and pain with exertion while walking. Primary doctor ordered echo treadmill. Appointment with cardiologist the next morning, and was told there was an "abnormality" in the EKG, and when I reached target heart rate and held that for 7 minutes, the left ventricle pulled back and fluttered, rather than pumped. Angiogram ordered for the following morning, due to family history, and diabetes. Before the procedure, I was told they didn't think they would find a blockage because my cholesterol was 164. They were correct...no blockage. At the follow up appointment, the cardiologist said, "Well, no problem, you don't have a blockage.". I explained that I was still having the same symptoms when I go walking. When I asked about the abnormality and left ventricle problem, he said, "Well, that just happens sometimes!". He told me to take Mylanta, and if that doesn't help, take the channel blocker he prescribed. I stopped taking that when I started having more pain with the medication.
Primary doctor wasn't happy with that answer and is referring me to a female cardiologist. Unfortunately, it's taking much longer to get an appointment than it should, so I'm patiently waiting.
In the meantime, I have started getting strange feelings in my chest. I had one occurring the last time I was in my primary doctor's office. She grabbed her stethoscope and listened, and said, "You have an irregular heartbeat.". No one ever told me that before. On my file, she wrote that I have "sinoatrial node dysfunction".
Yesterday, I was calmly standing in Petsmart, looking at a chew toy for a new puppy, and I suddenly started having a very strong strange feeling in the center of my chest. I became very light headed and woozy, and thought I was going to pass out. I grabbed part of a display to maintain my balance, and even though it only lasted a few seconds, it was very scary. It cleared up, and I had a much slighter feeling in my chest when I got to my car, and during the evening, had some minor, but sharp little pains throughout my chest, mainly on the left side. When I feel this in my chest, it's not a pain, but more like a bird flapping and ends as though there is a subtle bubble riding throughout my chest. This is a totally different feeling than the pain and pressure I originally had.
I'm not sure if what I experienced was an irregular heartbeat, a flutter, or what it was. I've been extremely tired recently, and just resting as much as possible until I can get in with the new cardiologist. Two doctor's offices were supposed to fax all of my records 3 weeks ago, and I just found out the ball was dropped, so hopefully the new doctor will look at my records and schedule an appointment soon.
Should I push the appointment if possible, and let them know what happened yesterday? Or was that just a normal flutter or a fib?