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    While wishing Clive the best of outcomes from his forthcoming surgery, I must take issue with one of his statements. No a stress test is NOT a sure-fire method of detecting heart problems.

    For decades I have complained of my chest pains and dozens of stress tests were done, all of which indicated that I had NO HEART problems at all. Last Fall, things had gotten so bad that I was sure that I was going to die from my non-existent heart problem. My Dr. said let's do a stress test and I refused, saying that I wasn't going to take a test that had failed to show any results so many times. He said, OK let's do an echo-cardiogram as well as the stress test. I consented to this.

    Initial results from the stress tests were that my heart was 85% efficient with no problems. One week later, the echo showed different results, massive HOMC with an extremely high pressure gradient---------------

    It is a mistake to think stress tests show everything----they don't!

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    Liona, you are right that a stress test isn't the only way to detect heart disease. It can give you a good insight on how efficient your heart is, though. For HCM echos are still the gold standard. By the way, how are you feeling lately?

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

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      I'm still trying to figure out how I feel, actually! The blackouts and greyouts are totally gone, but chest pains remain and I feel my exercise is rather constrained by the "heart Attack" involved with the ablation.

      I'd rather be better, but I'll take the improvement that I have and be grateful------------------

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        I'm glad that you're at least some better. I'm sure you will continue to improve over time. Just don't overdo it.

        Reenie
        Reenie

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

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