30 w/ heart problems? any other ideas?
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|Fri, 07-02-2004 - 12:24am|
First I'll start at the beginning. Sunday night (early Monday morning) my husband collapsed. He's only 30. Although groggy & disoriented, he refused to go to ER (typical, stubborn male). Because he had tightness in his chest at the time when it happened, and remained tired all day long, we (the family) convinced him to go to ER by 9:00 p.m. that night (monday). They did an EKG, X-ray of the chest, cat scan of the brain, and drew blood. All those tests came back "normal". However, they took his blood pressure laying down, sitting up, and then standing. Laying/sitting was normal. Standing, however, his blood pressure spiked (up!), which is very far from normal.
They sent him home w/ a 24 hour heart monitor. That only showed a few spots where his heart rate dropped a bit, but to "just" borderline of being below "normal"---nothing obvious enough to say-"that's it!". He has continued to be lethargic, tired all the time, and cannot accomplish every day living tasks without getting "whipped right out" & needing a 2 hour nap! This is a "guy guy" who is usually active from sun-up to sun-down. He mows lawns (for fun!) fixes everything around the house, including our cars, and has minimal body-fat content (muscular). He was rarely sick, & now can't even carry a load of laundry up the stairs w/out having chest pain & shortness of breath. All this (chest pains, shortness of breath, tiredness) started immediately after his collapse Monday morning at 1:00 a.m.
So now we've been referred on to a cardiologist. He's scheduled for a stress test, and has been given nitroglycerin (spelling?) & told to take a baby aspirin every day. My question is, how likely is it that his problem is cardiac? It does run in his family, both sides, but no one ever developed problems until they were well into their 50's. Any ideas on anything ELSE it could be? Our primary dr, who is a General practitioner, is fairly certain (because of the test results & symptoms) that this is indeed a cardiac case. He's not certain of which type, of course, and hasn't totally ruled out everything else, but that's his diagnosis at this point.
Any thoughts, encouragement, whatever on this would be greatly appreciated. I'm only 28 myself, and wasn't bargaining for all this for another 20-30 years at least. We have 3 young daughters, and I'm scared to death!