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Old 01-15-2010, 12:28 AM   #1
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I sent this to crazy, but I figured I'd put it on the forum in case anyone might have ever been in the same situation.


I'd like to know more about what happened. I might not have been frequenting the board at the time... I was going to start a new thread, but I felt it more appropriate because I went through something similar.

Last November, I went in for a routine physical and my blood pressure was 136/92 - very high for someone my age, so not really thinking much on it (yet) the doctor wanted to prescribe Lisinopril (I'm sure you're familiar with the drug as it's used to control pulmonary hypertension) - which I started taking.

Then he had his nurse run an EKG - the EKG showed Right Ventricular Hypertrophy - a fatal heart disease associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Basically I was convinced that I had a year to live - although I didn't want to tell anyone until I knew for sure.

Test after test followed. I had ultrasounds done. Thyroid function = optimal. Kidney function = optimal. Liver = Fine. Sodium/Potassium balance = fine. HIV = negative. Blood Pressure = Normal, but prehypertensive. Lung cancer = negative. (I'm 5'7" 160 with very little body fat.)

The Doctor said he was baffled - that RVH only happens in old people, or people with pulmonary fibrosis caused by HIV or Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had no symptoms, but tests don't lie.

This is where I asked my mom to start thinking about planning my funeral. I was depressed, but it really made me think a lot. I won't get into that, but things just seemed real, but at the same time I was thinking about missed opportunities. I came to terms with mortality at 24, which is not something a kid should have to do.

He referred me to a cardiologist, and this is the kicker. The cardiologist couldn't schedule anything for weeks, and when the time finally came to see him, he cancelled until mid-January. Luckily, I found out that a friend of the family, Dr. Timothy Leavitt, is a cardiologist at Lutheran in Wheat Ridge... he agreed to see me that Friday (this was last Friday).

He looked at my last EKG test results for about one second, and is like, "well we can't count this."

"Why not?"

"The lead on your right ventrical was placed on backwards."

"What does that mean?"

"Well, the results are upside down. If i flip the sheet, the reading is normal. Let's run another EKG."

He did. It showed optimal heart function. At the visit, my blood pressure was a little high (he checked it at 130/80), but before leaving, he checked again and it was 117/78. He checked my blood, and said aside from having testosterone and adrenaline levels that were a little high, everything checked out. He said I have whitecoat hypertension, and I can plan on having a long life. (Exact words.)

This was the most stressing two months of my life. I can't even imagine what you're going through.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:42 AM   #2
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:46 AM   #3
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:46 AM   #4
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Glad you are good Nate. And here I was stressing about the Broncos.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:50 AM   #5
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Someone should be getting their ass kicked after that little episode.

Glad you're safe though!
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:50 AM   #6
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High testosterone. I think Broncofan7 has told us that many of times about that "problem". I think you need to kick your doctor in the nutsack a few times.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:51 AM   #7
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:54 AM   #8
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:58 AM   #9
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:04 AM   #10
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I blame McDaniels for the EKG screwup.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:56 AM   #11
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Wow what a great opportunity for you my friend. Think about it and I think you will agree.

Being 41 myself its often hard to remember how exactly it feels to be 23-25. I will say this though that I was probably in mid 30's before I learned how precious time is, how fragile life is, and how time you waste you never get back.

Go out there are attack life like someone with a yr to live. Take chances, work hard, and use this wakeup call to motivate yourself. Set some crazy goals, then just suck up life and go crush those goals like a madman given a 2nd chance at life.

Even though you were never in danger you thought you were. It was real to you as anything could be. IMO you have been given a great gift. Don't be angry with the first doctor, just look at it like he showed how much you have to look forward to.

And yes Crazyhorse is the man. He fought hard and even though I have never met him I have a good feeling his a man of honor and someone I would really respect.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:59 AM   #12
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I sent this to crazy, but I figured I'd put it on the forum in case anyone might have ever been in the same situation.


I'd like to know more about what happened. I might not have been frequenting the board at the time... I was going to start a new thread, but I felt it more appropriate because I went through something similar.

Last November, I went in for a routine physical and my blood pressure was 136/92 - very high for someone my age, so not really thinking much on it (yet) the doctor wanted to prescribe Lisinopril (I'm sure you're familiar with the drug as it's used to control pulmonary hypertension) - which I started taking.

Then he had his nurse run an EKG - the EKG showed Right Ventricular Hypertrophy - a fatal heart disease associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Basically I was convinced that I had a year to live - although I didn't want to tell anyone until I knew for sure.

Test after test followed. I had ultrasounds done. Thyroid function = optimal. Kidney function = optimal. Liver = Fine. Sodium/Potassium balance = fine. HIV = negative. Blood Pressure = Normal, but prehypertensive. Lung cancer = negative. (I'm 5'7" 160 with very little body fat.)

The Doctor said he was baffled - that RVH only happens in old people, or people with pulmonary fibrosis caused by HIV or Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had no symptoms, but tests don't lie.

This is where I asked my mom to start thinking about planning my funeral. I was depressed, but it really made me think a lot. I won't get into that, but things just seemed real, but at the same time I was thinking about missed opportunities. I came to terms with mortality at 24, which is not something a kid should have to do.

He referred me to a cardiologist, and this is the kicker. The cardiologist couldn't schedule anything for weeks, and when the time finally came to see him, he cancelled until mid-January. Luckily, I found out that a friend of the family, Dr. Timothy Leavitt, is a cardiologist at Lutheran in Wheat Ridge... he agreed to see me that Friday (this was last Friday).

He looked at my last EKG test results for about one second, and is like, "well we can't count this."

"Why not?"

"The lead on your right ventrical was placed on backwards."

"What does that mean?"

"Well, the results are upside down. If i flip the sheet, the reading is normal. Let's run another EKG."

He did. It showed optimal heart function. At the visit, my blood pressure was a little high (he checked it at 130/80), but before leaving, he checked again and it was 117/78. He checked my blood, and said aside from having testosterone and adrenaline levels that were a little high, everything checked out. He said I have whitecoat hypertension, and I can plan on having a long life. (Exact words.)

This was the most stressing two months of my life. I can't even imagine what you're going through.
Glad you are okay.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:04 AM   #13
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Glad you are OK Nate. What an experience for you that must have been, not to mention a relief for your parents and family. Sounds like you've been on quite the magic carpet ride.

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Old 01-15-2010, 07:02 AM   #14
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Yeah, them's Navy words from a man to another man.... good point.

Glad you're okay. Sounds to me like you a owe a Dr a verbal beat down for putting you through that crap for the past two months. I'd make the original tester feel like shiat for that one.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:11 AM   #15
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Wow, that was a lot of stress for a 24 year old. Your poor mom. While I agree that the first Dr's mistakes gave you a new perspective on life, his actions could have done a lot more damage. I can't imagine what that stress did to your blood pressure, not to mention if they had started a course of action that may have put you in jeopardy. Really glad to hear things turned out for the best.

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Old 01-15-2010, 07:16 AM   #16
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Wow what a great opportunity for you my friend. Think about it and I think you will agree.

Being 41 myself its often hard to remember how exactly it feels to be 23-25. I will say this though that I was probably in mid 30's before I learned how precious time is, how fragile life is, and how time you waste you never get back.

Go out there are attack life like someone with a yr to live. Take chances, work hard, and use this wakeup call to motivate yourself. Set some crazy goals, then just suck up life and go crush those goals like a madman given a 2nd chance at life.

Even though you were never in danger you thought you were. It was real to you as anything could be. IMO you have been given a great gift. Don't be angry with the first doctor, just look at it like he showed how much you have to look forward to.

And yes Crazyhorse is the man. He fought hard and even though I have never met him I have a good feeling his a man of honor and someone I would really respect.
In other words live like you were dying. Good post Cutt.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:22 AM   #17
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Good story Nate and CTD has a good idea! I am glad that you are okay! Like someone else said, I think the Doc deserves a kick in the nutsack for this crap!
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:35 AM   #18
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Good story man. I don't know you, but that effin' sucks. I agree that whoever gave you the BS news at first deserves a nice kick in the nuts.

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Old 01-15-2010, 07:42 AM   #19
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Glad to hear you are okay!! Now go get a new doctor
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:45 AM   #20
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You know what they call the guy who graduated last in medical class?









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Old 01-15-2010, 11:02 AM   #21
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House would of found that right off the bat......
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Holy **** if my doctor does that to me he better be able to pick up his own teeth from the floor with broken fingers - that kind of screwup is reason for a major asskicking.

Nothing will help you bounce back like a little closure, preferably delivered in the form of a right hook.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:53 PM   #23
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That's horrible. The doctor convinced you were dying because he had the friggin' chart upside down?
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:59 PM   #24
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Yeah no ****...My wife just had her knee scoped and the Dr made her initial on the knee that was messed up. That's what it's come to. It's sad that simple mistakes like that can screw people up.
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Glad to hear you are ok. I cant even picture how stressful that would be.


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