I have some symptoms of serious heart conditions. How urgently should I seek a medical opinion?
July 26, 2008 10:11 AM Subscribe
I'm a 29 year old female. I've had a pretty significant arrhythmia for about three years. It's unpredictable, but quite frequently my heart beats much faster when I inhale and then very slowly as I exhale, and also otherwise irregularly. I also have several other concening symptoms.
posted by lgyre to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I had a baby about a year ago, and while I was pregnant my midwife sent me to a doctor to get this condition checked out. The doctor gave me an EKG, said that the actual beats of my heart looked healthy, and that she couldn't explain the irregularity but wasn't concerned. I also had started to have a tiny bit of chest congestion when lying on my back at this time, but the doctor attributed that to the extra strain of pregnancy and was still not concerned, so I didn't think much more about it.
Since having my baby, the congestion has increased somewhat rather than decreased. I always kind of intended to get it checked out eventually, but I did a little research yesterday and realized that these are actually pretty scary symptoms. I am definitely going to go to a cardiologist, but my question is, is this (and would my health insurance plan consider this to be) an emergency? Is it fine to wait until monday, when most health services will be open? How long should I be willing to wait after that for an available appointment, before I consider seeking emergency care?
Besides the symptoms mentioned above, I have occasional palpitations, sometimes as frequently as daily, sometimes more like once a month or less. also, about four months ago I woke up with a stabbing chest pain, but since it resolved itself within a few minutes I didn't think too much more of it. I haven't been particularly fatigued or had pain at other times.
Bonus question: when I do see a doctor, what questions should I ask to make sure they take my concerns seriously and figure out what is going on?