A little worried today

By abeenken Latest Reply 2008-10-30 08:29:10 -0500
Started 2008-10-28 23:34:53 -0500

Hello Everyone! I'm new to post to this site though I've been actively reading your posts for a while now. I really appreciate the honesty and helpfullness of everyone here. I wanted to express a concern I have today and maybe hear from those of you that have "been there."
I am going in today for a cardiac stress test and though many of you may say it's no big deal I am quite worried. Here's why:
While I am only 35, my younger brother who is 32 recently had a major episode in which his heart stopped. He now has a stint and a defibrillator. What concerns me is that overall his health is much better than mine. His cholesteral numbers are perfect, no diabetes, not overweight, etc, etc.
Me on the other hand, well you know the drill, high bad cholesterol, low good cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, overweight, etc, etc. We have a family history of heart disease and diabetes. My father died from CHF. His mother died from a massive heart attack. I think you all see where I'm going here. So, have any of you been through this and how did you deal with the anxiety? I would appreciate any of your support today! Thanks!!

9 replies

abeenken 2008-10-29 11:22:22 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much! I have to report that all went well and I got the official A+ from the cardiologist. It was funny though that my blood pressure was higher before the test started than it was after! Talk about nerved up :)Again, I really appreciate all of your thoughts and kind words.

Lanore 2008-10-30 08:29:10 -0500 Report

Angie I am so glad everything went well for you and turned out great too. I was the same way when I had my stress test. Take care. Lanore ;-)

Anonymous 2008-10-29 04:35:30 -0500 Report

I sometimes wonder what is worse. Having family memebers go through all the diseases that you now have or to be the first in the family to get it. I am the first in my family to have diabetes. So I have no long term people to see what happens or anyone in the family to talk to about it. they just say do what you need too. So all of us need our prayers and inspiration and motivstion because without any, you probably would not get out of bed in the morning. Have a great day everyone.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-29 02:03:07 -0500 Report

Angela, Your allowed to be afraid. I too have been through so much. I made myself sick for weeks before a test. I had become a diabetic at age six. I had no clue what was going on. I cried every day for months. My mother and Father cried along with me. I did dialysis. There again I hated every day of my 3 years there, but I had no other choice. Then the testing for the transplant. You name it I had it. I too was afraid through all of them. I was told give it to the lord. I did. I know how your feeling and I don't think anyone understand until you go through it yourself. Relax…Take a deep breath…Think of good times to come. I will be praying for you and wish you strenght. I am here for you.

Take care and a big hug for you!

abeenken 2008-10-29 11:35:25 -0500 Report

I appreciate your kindness today. With all that you have been through, you are an inspiration. I really was just feeling so overwhelmed this morning I felt like I needed to talk with those that have been there and done it. I was only recently diagnosed type 2 diabetic, bad cholesterol with a terrible family history of heart disease, so of course several appts. with the cardiologist. The stress test today, monday blood draw, meetings with diabetic specialists, etc, etc. I did not have insurance for the past five years and now luckily I do and it seems like my doc is going for broke:) She is great and really understands as she is diabetic herself.
I will say that I do feel very fortunate to be getting very good medical care right now. My father was diabetic and it seemed like they just handed him a monitor, said stay away from sugar, and see you in three months. Thank God that those days are past and we have so much information and support available!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-29 12:04:43 -0500 Report

Angela, Now a days things are different. So much more information and great values tolearn. We are here as a community to try and help each and everyone one with their problems. I may not be the one to give you the best advice but someone here will. I being a type 1 and learning the type 2 route(if you must say) I can't believe there is a lot of difference. I have learned alot here and know you will too…Debe

Lanore 2008-10-29 01:34:16 -0500 Report

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers today. I have had a stress test and I can say that I was worried about it as well. Mine turned out alright, and I hope yours does too. Take to relax because it doesn't help to be over stressed about it either. I am tpye 2 and have high chol and all that as well. My prayers are with you. Lanore :-)

abeenken 2008-10-29 01:47:17 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. I can use all the prayers I can get! I think it's ironic how much stress these stress tests cause!
Really, I think I'm just afraid that I will need the cardiac cath. My brother had 2 and my father had multiple. And of course I got to hear all about them before I knew that I needed to be seen! My cardiologist specializes in the arm catheterization so that was a relief to me. I have a real fear of them delving into my leg.
Thanks again for your response!

Lanore 2008-10-29 05:09:15 -0500 Report

Angie, You are so welcome…but can i just say…I have had the cath twice now in my leg and it is not that bad at all, I felt no pain. It was for a different problem as I had to have my caroid arteries cleaned out back in 2033. You try to relax, I hear you about the stress they put us thru for thier testing. I do the same thing you are doing. The one stress test I had, i got so stressed about it my heart beat was over 100 before they started the dang test. I will not have an other one and have been asked by my dr a number of times. Lanore ;-)