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  •  That sounds suspiciously like... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... the blob test I've had twice in the radiology dept with the radioactive nuclear testing sign at the hospital (mine showed no abnormalities, in spite of the EKG which showed left bundle branch block years ago, and in more recent months/years, EKGs additionally showing atrial fibrillation, none of which explains years of generalized chest and left shoulder pains that come and go, altho I've assumed based on family history that I'll eventually die from a heart attack or stroke).  They don't make me do the treadmill - I don't have the stamina for that - but inject me with something that mimics stress.

    Don't know about yours, but for the test I had there's no definitive X-rays (or other imaging) that shows the veins and arteries and heart..., just a big blob in reds and greens that resembles an ab-ex painting.  I have twice told the guy who takes the blob image that I have no faith in a test that does not show the individual veins and arteries and heart; he laughed it off, insists they can see a lot in the blob.  I don't believe him.

    If you had the blob test, you might want to get a second opinion - or a more definitive test.

    And take care of yourself!

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 12:15:10 PM PST

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    •  In my case it's sort of the opposite (3+ / 0-)
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      I can probably recall some moments when I experienced some symptoms that MIGHT have constituted evidence of an "incident" (pains I assumed were gas, an unpleasant episode I chalked up to food-borne illness) but nothing definitive. Meanwhile the "blob test" shows "evidence of a possible previous myocardial injury" while my own experience doesn't reveal anything untoward.

      I can't talk to my doctor this week since she's away but her assistant told me that if she'd thought there was something to worry about she'd have been in touch with me. I'll see her again in a few weeks as it is.

      •  I hasten to add... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... "the blob test" isn't the correct medical term as I'm sure you've surmised.  I can never remember the whole title of the process, just that radiology is in the title, and because examples of both normal and abnormal results are shown on posters in the room (different shapes, same colors), and they do look like blobs to me, that's what I've dubbed the test.

        To me, the only cardio-vascular testing that makes any sense is the one where dye is injected (I think through the femoral artery?), individual veins and arteries are visible.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 07:31:20 PM PST

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