Hey Squidley, my primary MD didn't think it was the heart because my blood pressure is normal and my cholesterol is good (normal overall count, high count of the good cholesterol). I'm still hoping...
There are 4 major gene type people where cholesterol is concered. It puts constraints on broad statements about cholesterol test results. In the end there are only two tests that matter, and they don't include "good cholesterol" (HDL) count.
1. Triglycerides. They represent ingested fat. The liver converts triglycerides into HDL and LDL cholesterol. When carbs glycate the liver it curtails cholesterol production, and blood triglycerides rise. You want low triglycerides.
2. Very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) count. These are basically the dead cholesterol particles which a glycated liver produces. You want very low VLDL count.
Ask to see your cholesterol test. Some old school doctors omit one or both of these tests. If you don't see them listed then get a new test with these tests included. Do whatever it takes to get them.
Hey Squid, my numbers from my blood test on 8-21 were-
Total cholesterol 205 (normal below 200)
Triglycerides 137 (normal less than 150)
HDL (good) chleserol 80 (normal above 40, excellent if above 65)
LDL (bad) cholesterol 98 - (desired level under 130, best under 100)
Did not see VLDL.
I did not take the Cardiologists advice. He told me not to do any long runs until after the angiogram. I did a run today. Started really slow (for me) and after five minutes I felt the chest tightness. I eased up even more and was considering stopping, But after another ten minutes the tightness disappeared. This has been the pattern. I continued running paying close attention to any sensation in my chest but none came and I ended up running ten miles.
Angiogram is on Wednesday. Keeping all my limbs crossed....
I won't give you my numbers but they are 10 times worse
hope you got a hold of my brother. He told me he still has 5 stents plus a cracked chest
I have something similar as you described but I don't have chest pains,
I just start rapidly over heating to the point where I can't catch my breath and get dizzy after about 30 minutes to an hour of any kind of activity. Doesn't matter how strenous, like an old car I just start over heating and can't catch my breath.
I even bought these icepacks for my neck and a vest full of icepacks to try and cool down but it doesn't help. Even bought one of those sombreros with a built in solar powered fan and one of those chilling head bands for use while doing the yard doesn't make a difference the timing is always about the same plus It always seems to take a whole day to recover so I'm only good for one major house chore a weekend these days.
Recently I started taking my blood pressure and hour or two after coming in taking a shower and resting and the weird thing is that although my blood pressure is normal my pulse rate is off the roof like near double and stays that way until I recover the next day. I did some research and found the. Article below which is kind of my symtoms in a nutshell.
The cardiologist already told me last november that I have a blockage and have had one for some time but they wanted to try to use medicine (pills) to try and fix it with the last resort remedy being an angiogram/angioplasty. At this point I'm willing to settle for the angioplasty and stents as needed to get my quality of life back so I can get back in the water where I belong.
Take a look at the info and see where you fit. There are two other lessor levels of high pulse rate issues,
Ventricular tachycardia is a fast heart rate that starts in the heart's lower chambers (ventricles). This type of arrhythmia may be either well-tolerated or life-threatening, requiring immediate diagnosis and treatment.
The seriousness depends largely on whether other cardiac dysfunction is present and on the degree of the ventricular tachycardia.
Explaining the problem
In cases of ventricular tachycardia, electrical signals in the heart's lower chambers fire abnormally. This interferes with electrical impulses coming from the sinoatrial (SA) node, the heart's natural pacemaker.
The disruption results in a faster than normal heart rate. This rapid heartbeat keeps the heart's chambers from filling completely between contractions, which compromises blood flow to the rest of the body.
Causes of ventricular tachycardia
Ventricular tachycardia is most often associated with disorders that interfere with the heart's electrical conduction system.
These disorders can include:
* Lack of coronary artery blood flow, depriving oxygen to heart tissue
* Cardiomyopathy distorting the heart's structure
* Medication side effects
* Illicit drugs such as cocaine
* Sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease affecting skin or body tissues)
Range of symptoms
Symptoms for ventricular tachycardia vary. Common symptoms include:
* Shortness of breath
* Falling unconscious
* Cardiac arrest, in extreme cases
The cause of your ventricular tachycardia will inform your treatment options. Possible approaches include:
* Radiofrequency ablation
* Immediate electrical defibrillation, in extreme cases