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Needing Advice Please

This all started Saturday. I woke up extremely dizzy, this lasted until Monday when I decided to go to urgent care. There my BP was 230. I was immediately sent over to the ER. There they did all the blood work, EKG and CT scans. Which I thought all came back normal. There were able to get my BP down to 175, and sent me home with BP meds and ativan for anxiety. My anxiety has been the worst! I was told to make an appointment with my DR a week out. So that's Monday. Anyways, there's this new thing where you get an email if there's test results.

This is what I read from my EKG ..
Sinus Tachycardia
Possible Left Atrial Enlargement
Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
Abnormal EKG

Of course my anxiety is through the ROOF! Please help me make sense of this! Is this a death sentence?! I'm absolutely terrified.

  1. I'm so sorry that you were emailed test results without any more context. Are you able to call your physician's office? This is very irresponsible of them, in my humble opinion. Unfortunately, we are unable to give medical advice here (for your safety) but I'm hoping you can find some answers with a call. In the meantime, try to focus on what you can control and take some deep, long breaths. Wishing you much peace. <3 - John M. (Heart-Failure.net Team)

    1. Hi. We cannot offer medical advice over the Internet, for your own safety of course. That said, I do have a comment and a suggestion regarding your inquiry. First, it sounds like your ER doctor did a great job of managing what you were sent to the ER for. Your doctor deemed you were okay to go home and he/she prescribed some nice treatments to help you manage your health. However, I do think your doctor or nurse could have prevented your current anxiety simply by explaining the results of your tests. It is very normal for an EKG to show tachycardia in the ER -- of course, you are nervous. Tachycardia is a medical term for fast heart rate. I will be honest, even I have this on my EKG when I go to the ER. "Possible Left Atrial Enlargement and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy" can be completely normal for someone diagnosed with heart failure or heart disease. And because these things are spotted on your EKG, the reading says "abnormal." However, your doctor did deem you are safe to go home despite these test results. I do hope this response helps you with your current anxiety. And, please, to get a further explanation of your test results, you can always call the ER where you had this testing done. Most hospitals have a nurse available just for this reason. What do you think? John. heart-failure.net community moderator

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