As a 51-year old, with high blood pressure
and family history of heart disease
, your worry about the chest pain
is understandable. Is your chest pain located in the center of the chest, over lower end of the breast bone (sternum)? Heart-related pain may spread or radiate to arms or back. Heart disease pain is brought on by physical or emotional exertion and relieved by rest.
If your doctor finds your EKG to be fine and BP controlled, then please do not worry. Next time, you could confide your heart-related fears to your cardiologist. An echocardiography
and/or exercise EKG (Treadmill test) will help him to rule out deficient blood supply to the heart.
The procedure of ‘going up the groin’ described in your letter must be coronary angiography. It is a safe procedure. Nowadays the doctors can do it up your wrist also. There is yet another screening test for heart disease, the CT coronary angiography
Hope you get over your heart worries with the help of your doctor at the earliest.
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