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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Weak Spell, Arms & Shoulders--Heart??

 willie49 - Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:21 am

I am a healthy, active and alert 84 yr old, white male. I have high blood pressure which is under control w/ a prescription.

And I take a water pill for swollen ankles.

Occassioanlly, for 20 years I have a "weak spell" but I have never passed out. In the last 2 years, these spells have become stronger and I feel that I may pass out if I don't sit down.

I have gone to the local ER and they run all the usual tests, including several overnight observations and they find nothing wrong. Such as :heart cath (scope), mys____ (new type of full heart xray/nuke stress?),traditional stress tests, portable monitor for 24-48 hrs, etc.

The other morning, I was shaving and my arms & shoulders suddenly felt extremely weak and numb, like they fell asleep--NO heart/chest pain. At that moment, I went to lay down for awhile. My dr. told me to go to the ER. Once again, 1 overnight visit w/ no answers.

Do you have any suggestions? Maybe a 2nd opinion at a major university hospital like U of Michigan or Mayo Clinic?

Would it be more help if I told you all my prescriptions and exact tests?

Would greatly appreciate any more info.
Thanks Alot,

 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Jun 21, 2004 12:51 am

User avatar Hello Willie49,
Please update your profile including your current medication. I would suggest a second opinion to exclude the presence of a transient ischemic attack.

Transient ischemic attack

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