Two years ago this month - in my quest to figure out what was wrong with me....
I had been to my primary care doctor a dozen times.
I had seen 2 cardiologists, an endocrinologist, 3 neurologists, a functional chiropractic neurologist & a rheumatologist. .
After two MRIs, a chest X-ray, urine study, & more EKGs than I could count – nothing. 🤷🏼♀️
I went to the E.R. 3 times, & the final time, the attending PA’s first words to me were “I doubt we are going to be able to help you.” 😕
My primary care doctor suggested a revisit to the cardiologist for an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to “double-check”.
The echocardiogram revealed a large hole (patent foramen ovale or “PFO”) in my heart, between the atria. .
A place where the tissues should have sealed at birth, didn’t.
PFO is a common congenital heart defect, affecting about 1 in 5 people. .
Adults who become symptomatic with a PFO typically do so around the age of 40. Symptoms like fatigue, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, & dizzy feelings are common. .
The big concern facing adults with PFO is an increase in risk of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or full-blown stroke. I had several TIAs. That was confirmed by a transcranial doppler (TCD) test. ‼️
You want to know the truth: I was never so happy to find out I had a hole in my heart. I was relieved that my condition was not in my head as everyone had "hinted." 🙄
Sad truth: many people are labeled "histrionic" (dramatic/emotional) in their search for help with a health condition.
Listen to your heart. ❤️
You know your body best.
#holeinheart - 6 hours ago