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I have light head, dizziness, shortness of breath

Hi, So I went to the doctor today because over the last week I ve felt a little light-headed and dizzy and I ve had some shortness of breath and fatigue/weakness. My blood pressure, complete blood count , and thyroid were all fine. She also ordered an EKG and a chest xray. She said that there was a calcification on my chest xray but it was probably fine and she hasn t gotten the EKG results yet. I m kind of worried about my heart now because of the urgency with which my doctor saw me and the number of tests I had done. I haven t really ever been that unhealthy before although I do have a family history of heart disease , but at seventeen? Do any of you have any experience with these symptoms and with the calcification on my chest x-ray? I am 5 9 and weigh around 130 lb.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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The calcification she mentioned on your chest xray is probably a granuloma, which is caused by a fungus called histoplasmosis, and if you've been healthy otherwise it has no clinical significance for you. If your EKG was abnormal the doctor would have called you by now. I'm not sure exactly why you are having these symptoms, and it does need to be evaluated further, but you are at very, very low risk of having a cardiac reason for your symptoms. But you did need to see the evaluation through to its completetion. I have evaluated many folks your age with similiar symptoms and have yet found any significant heart or lung abnormality. Many times the cause is not exactly identified. I hope you are feeling better soon. And in the mean time take comfort in the fact that your are young and all your test have come back normal thus far. Try not to be to anxious. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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