Hawaii: Neighbor’s plant (photo by Gigi):
As you know, I experienced excruciating chest pain and pressure last Friday night, while resting in bed.
I saw my internist on Tuesday. An EKG was administered, and my doctor told me it was “abnormal.” However, it was just as abnormal as the EKG done in 2012. I seem to have a history of abnormal EKGs, dating from the 1970s.
The doctor told me that she did not think I had a heart attack last Friday. I asked her if I should have a blood test to prove it. She said that blood tests are done if an MI is suspected. (Not TIA, as blogger DJan mentioned, because TIA refers to stroke and there is no blood test for TIA.)
The doctor also said that heart attacks don’t usually happen at rest. They usually occur with physical exertion.
She listened to my heart and lungs and said they were fine.
She thinks my painful episode might have been due to heartburn, anxiety, or panic.
However, as a precaution, she has ordered another test, called a Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram, which is scheduled for November 6. (Please google if you want more information.) Yeah, it’s a long way off, but I guess the clinic is booked.
Bottom line: I really should avoid stress, physical or mental, because it doesn’t do me one bit of good. Take it easy and be mellow. Enjoy being retired and not having to deal with any unpleasantness.