#1 Son, age 23, had a weird "episode" i guess you could call it, just over a week ago. His heart started beating very, very rapidly, and he was short of breath and dizzy. This happened in the evening, and he hadn't been doing anything in particular to precipitate it. It was on a day off, so it wasn't a particularly strenuous day.
He spoke to the doctor on the phone, and was reassured that he would be fine. Over the next several days, though, he had numbness in his extremities, sometimes some shortness of breath for no reason, and rapid heartbeat on occasion. He was simply planning to get a check-up soon.
Then, yesterday morning, he had a dream right before he woke up. In the dream, he was running, breathing hard, and had chest pain. He also dreamed he put his left hand in the thorn bush, and was pulling thorns out of it.
He woke up with shortness of breath, his left arm numb and painful, and with a rapid heartbeat and chest pain. It scared him enough that he came and got me to take him to the ER.
After all, it's drilled into us that with those symptoms, you don't waste time asking questions, you just get up and "git goin'.
They were efficient when we got there, i'll give them that. You say the words "chest pain" and next thing you are getting an EKG, even before they take any other vitals.
He was poked and prodded and x-rayed and we spend about 3-4 hours in there all together, to find out that they can't figure the cause, but it can't be anything major. His heart is fine, his blood work is fine, his lungs look okay, and for heaven's sake, make that appointment for a full physical and let our regular doctor figure out what's up. That's his job.
This one was precautionary i know, but it's a hit to the wallet more than an enlightened exercise, as part of the full physical is an EKG, as well as a spirometry test (to check lung capacity), an ankle brachial index assessment (to make sure you don't have blocked arteries in any of your limbs), and all of that blood work, plus more. All included.
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