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  •  I also wonder if anyone scans your head. (2+ / 0-)
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    DarkSyde, mikidee

    Your blood vessels, to check for any possible aneurysms or clots in the making.

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    by Lucy Montrose on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 09:04:31 PM PST

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      should ask those questions to an expert. I can tell you one thing that clued them in on my case was the echo sound and the stress test. It measures a lot of things which tells the cardiologist important info for making a diagnosis.

      One of the easiest for us laymen to understand is called an ejection fraction. That's the amount of blood your heart can hold when it's full versus what it pumps out when it contracts. My understanding is a normal frac is around 60%, mine was only 50% and it did not improve when I did the stress test -- I had the kind of stress test where you get your heart beating and they hustle you over to a table in the middle of the test several times and do an echo where they look at the frac and other stuff. For a patient who can run several miles that's definitely a little low, it indicates possible loss of cardiac function or a heart that's not getting the blood supply it needs to operate as good as it could.

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