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  • evening phone call to doctor at NEMC

    has anyone had the need to phone Dr. U or Dr. M at NEMC in the evening? I should have asked when I was there last week if they are "on call" in the evenings.. I had something weird just happen..bent down to clean the t.v. and when I got up my heart was flip flopping and my pulse was faster...didnt feel lightheaded or no chest pain but lasted for about 20-30 seconds...took my other half of beta blocker and seemed to help. Never had this happen to me before
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: evening phone call to doctor at NEMC

    Hi Cynthia,

    Cynthia on the west coast here. I don't know how to contact your docs, but I just wanted to reassure you that if you feel ok now, it doesn't sound like an emergency. You could just call in the morning and report your symptoms. I get these all the time. They aren't necessarily dangerous, but you should figure it out. They will probably have you wear a holter monitor or an event monitor for a little while to see what you are having.

    In the meantime, the beta blockers should help.

    Take a deep breath and get a good night's sleep.

    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.


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      Re: evening phone call to doctor at NEMC

      Cynthia, this sounds like palpitations. Cynaburst is right, if you are feeling all right, you probably don't need to call tonight. If there is any doubt, though, please call right away. Keep us posted.


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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        Re: evening phone call to doctor at NEMC

        Thanks guys. Yes, I took my atenolol and it was fine. I did wear a Holter monitor last Wednesday, but don't know the results. Had an MRI also at NEMC> I think I'm a bundle of nerves too, so that doesn't help the situation!
        \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

        Ralph Waldo Emerson


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          Re: evening phone call to doctor at NEMC

          RE the on call thing - call them and ask what you should do in the furture. To be honest I am not sure what they have set up.
          RE the symptoms - they sound typical HCM - TELL them what happened and be clear with details..what you were doing, how long it lasted and how you felt.

          It was likely a passing minor symptom - while unsettleing likely harmless.

          I have had symptoms like that all my life - in the begining they "freaked me out"... now it is a part of my every day life and I have taught myself to keep calm and that in itself makes it so much better.

          Be well,
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)