On New Years Eve 2014, I had quite a scare. My heart started racing, thumping, hard and fast, and then one really hard THUMP and I couldn’t breathe. I thought for sure that I was having a heart attack! Did I go to the hospital? NO! I sat around and waited for it to pass.
A week later, same thing, only this time I went to the hospital – a couple of hours later. The gave me the full work up – EKG, chest X-ray, morphine?, something else for anxiety just in case, blood work – the whole shebang. The verdict? Not a heart attack. Okay, good. Follow up with cardiology in 1-2 days. It’s Thursday night.
So, I called the cardiologist that the ER referred me to. They’re sorry, but they don’t take my insurance. Okay. Next, I called my insurance company. They would be happy to give me the name and number of a cardiologist that they contract with, but they wont pay for the visit unless my PCP gets a pre-authorization through the insurance company prior to my seeing a cardiologist. Oh, and pre-auth takes 14 days. So, I called my PCP and they would be more than happy to see me, but the last appointment was at 2. It’s 2:10pm.
Monday rolls around, mild chest pain and shortness of breath all weekend, and I get in to see my PCP. She is more than happy to get me in to see cardiology just as quickly as possible. Who would I like to see? I gave her the name of an amazing cardiologist that I had worked with a dozen or so years ago, and she sent me to the waiting area. The gals in the office worked their tails off and got my pre-authorization approved within TEN MINUTES! So much for 14 days!
On Tuesday, I was in to see cardiology and scheduled for both an echocardiogram and a nuclear stress test for Friday. Wow! Things were moving right along! Thursday, I got a call saying that the nuclear stress test was not approved by my insurance, and that I’d have to do a treadmill test. Okay, fine. But they rescheduled it for 2 weeks later!
All is said and done, now. Tests completed and results are in. The left atrium and ventricle of my heart are a bit enlarged. It’s not something that we are going to worry about, at this time. The rest of the testing came back good. My weight is the area of concern. Doc said he wants to see me in a year for a repeat of the echocardiogram, and he expects me to have lost a significant amount of weight.