On my last Doctor’s regular visit he detected a ”change” in my heart rhythm and recommended I see a Cardiologist. I made the appointment and went as advised. On that visit he did an examination and noted that there seemed to be a blockage in my left ventricle and scheduled a stress test for me.
I had that done earlier this week. I cannot do a stress test on a treadmill because with all the wires hooked up it is difficult for me to get from the treadmill to the examining table fast enough to get a proper reading, so I had a chemical stress. This requires an injection that increases the heart beat and causes stress. It only lasted about 5 minutes but was very strange to say the least. My heart beat very fast, my breath was rapid and my head became rather warm and felt as if it was full of air. I thought I was going to get a headache, but didn’t. During the visit there were 5 examinations of my heart, 3 by machine and 2 with a stethoscope.
I saw the Doctor 2 days later and he told me that considering my age, 84, I passed with flying colors. There was no significant blockage, my heart murmur, which I have had all my life, did not show up, and everything was fine. I feel relieved that I am OK, but I have to start exercising which I hate.