wish I could call this a superpower
November 12, 2012 2:11 PM Subscribe
I can see my pulse. Literally. Do I have anything to worry about?
posted by wutangclan to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I say "see", I don't mean by looking at any part of my body or at some sort of medical instrument.
I mean that there is a small spot in my vision that fluctuates rhythmically in concert with my heart rate. It is a spot in the 4 o'clock position in the field of view of my left eye, about 10 degrees off from the straight ahead. It cycles subtly from light to dark with each heartbeat. It's only noticeable if I'm looking at a dark background.
I would mention this to my doctor, but he has often been the kind to be dismissive of issues that I bring up. I had to argue with him to get the asthma medication that I need. Yes, I am trying to switch doctors, but everyone with a good reputation around here isn't accepting new patients.
In my family, there has been a history of stroke and macular degeneration, but no significant heart disease.