Anyone else been referred for a stress echocardiogram after a P/E?

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Just a bit puzzled as I have received a hospital appointment to have a stress echocardiogram in a few days time.  I wasn't expecting it and am now wondering why it has been requested and what it may show?   I am now almost 5 months post P/E and on warfarin for life.  At my 3 month check up I did mention some slight chest discomfort at times which previous doctors had put down to pleurisy or scar tissue but the consultant said it could not be pleurisy or I would be in more pain and scar tissue was unlikely at this stage.  He could not suggest a reason for this discomfort but did not appear very concerned about it.  I am just surprised to get this appointment out of the bue and wondered if anyone else had been referred for one and what the outcome was?

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    Hi there,

    Dont panic i had to have this done as well as a lung function test, sometimes your heart can go under stress with the pe, some people do suffer with pulmonary hypertension after a pe. I was lucky and mine were clear of that, im clexane injections for 6 mths at the mo after having multiple clots in both lungs year after having a one and on warafin for 6 mths. The test dont hurt so dont panic hope you get on ok

    take care


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    I had chest pain 2 years post pe and was told it was scar tissue. At the time I had a recurrence of bronchitis (April-anniversary of the pe). Never mentioned any other tests. GP just prescribed an asthma inhaler!!
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    Hi I had a PE in Jan 2015 as was sent for a VQ test and echocardiogram it's just to check if you any left over clots and scaring and to test your heart is not under any stress  I was left with scaring but my heart is working fine I am on Warfarin for the rest of my life and do suffer with chest pain from the scaring  it takes a while to get over a PE 

    So good luck with everything 

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      Thanks Rona and everyone else.  Had the echo on Saturday but I didn't have to do the exercise bit as it said in the letter!!  It was just the straightforward type of echocardiogram.  Got to sit back and wait now for the doubt I will have to chase them up as usual!
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