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Have irregular period, have hiatal hernia, heaviness in chest. Had an EKG. Fear heart attack?

Hi. I m a 47 year old woman, 5 2 and 265 pounds. (Yeah, I know.) For the past several months, I have been experiencing what I believe are gastrointestinal symptoms that are especially bad around my period - which are also slightly less regular than they d been all my life, and horribly heavy. The symptoms are just close enough to the kinds of things you hear about cardiac problems for me to be paying close attention: and I m trying not be an idiot and end up dead of a heart attack . My best friend, who is a vet, wondered out loud if maybe I have a hiatal hernia (after scolding me for not going to a doctor). After reading quite a bit about it, it sounds right on. These symptoms do NOT worsen with exertion when I have them, and do not lessen with rest. I do not have trouble taking deep breaths - but my chest feels heavy or a little tight: and that s much relieved if I apply manual pressure to moving areas of dull achiness, and that is usually accompanied by burping. I had an EKG a few months ago with a regular physical, and it was fine. My question is this: is there any way to confirm that this is gastrointestinal and not cardiac without incurring hundreds or thousands in medical bills? Because of my weight, the only insurance I can get is through my employer - and it s a catastrophic plan. My deductible is $7500 before insurance pays a penny. I d like to be able to send my son to college in a few years - and I d like to be around to see it. Thanks for any advice you can give me.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The description does not suggest heart.
Yet it is advisable to have it excluded...
Most reasonable and least expensive approach may be to for TMT (Treadmill Exercise EKG Test).

You must start reducing now! You are young, intelligent and informed... You have the motivation - you want to see the son through the college.. You know and that is the first step. It helps the heart, hiatus hernia and several other things too.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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