What did the sawbones see?
April 3, 2012 5:50 PM Subscribe
Internet strangers well-versed in cardiology, lend me your insight! My sister had a stress echocardiography / treadmill test today and is awaiting the results. The attending physician had some funny questions for her that made her wonder about a possible abnormal result.
posted by heigh-hothederryo to health & fitness (9 answers total)
She passed the running test with ultrasound just fine, but the doctor waited until everyone out of the room to ask if she'd ever been a cocaine user -- she hasn't ever used illegal drugs and told him so. Doctor apparently said he expected her heart to be "brighter" or "bigger" on the ultrasound. You are not her doctor, of course, but what could he be talking about?
She's early thirties, married, children. Has always been reasonably fit. Drinks in moderation, used to smoke. No real physical ailments other than 3 -4 migraines a month, until about a year ago, when a host of things started happening ( fatigue, strange mottled rashes, bouts of dizziness and confusion, sporadic muscle weakness, joint pain, and heart symptoms -- palpitations that wake her from sleep, for instance). MRI on brain came back clean - no signs of MS. RA factor blood test was negative.
TLDR - what would an MD see on a stress test that would lead them to think of cocaine usage, on a patient that's never used cocaine or any illicit substance?