Close Shave

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  1. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Went for an ECG stress test this evening - they always insist on shaving bits off, so they can stick the electrodes onto me properly. Looks like I could usefully lose a pound or two as well.

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  2. Antarctican

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    Better they shave it off than rip it out by its roots when removing the electrode!

    Hope you 'passed' your test. :hug::
     
  3. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Wonder if I could PS in a nipple ring and a few tatts? :lol:

    The comment was that it was a 'weak positive', which means something is showing on the scan, but nothing to get too concerned about. Suffice to say, I did the full 12 minutes they usually run with no ill effects (that I could feel). I get to go see the cardiologist again in two weeks time and he'll decide whether I need any further tests, but it would seem they don't need to get all invasive on me again.
     
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    Antarctican TPF Noob!

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    Oooo, here's your chance to see how it would look! How 'bout duelling dragons? :lol:
     
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    Ha! I just had the same test a couple weeks ago, with the same shaved spots resulting. It (oddly enough) grows back pretty nicely.

    I was a bit concerned going in (my doctor, reviewing my ECG: "I don't think you've had a heart attack"), but everything looks to be OK. What a relief.

    And congrats on your positive result. :boogie:

    Jon
     
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    You got lucky, Nine weeks ago I had the same test as part of maybe the third physical of my life and they had to stop it early. I felt fine but they insisted on installing a zipper on my chest. :meh:
     
  7. Yemme

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    Wow... Nice picture. Glad the test went well.... and for some reason my eyes see a dog with floppy ears... Cool :)
     
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    One advice irrelevant to the picture. NEVER trust the results of an ECG test. It's useless, I know it from personal experience and I also know many people that had bad (almost fatal) experience with it. if the results are good but you still don't feel well get a magnetic resonance test or anything else that's more reliable.
     
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    And your a doctor?:mrgreen:
     
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    Thank you, Dr. Sunlioness. :lol:

    Although a cardiac MRI may be preferable, it's much more expensive, not widely available, and is trickier to interpret (and cardiologists/radiologists trained in and skilled in cardiac MRI interpretation are relatively scarce).

    Also, unless the MRI is accompanied by a cardiac stress portion (it's usually not), it only evaluates the heart at rest.

    Like most everything else, the benefits must be weighed with the limitations.

    Calling a stress ECG "useless" is ignorant.

    Jon
     

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