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

    amanda

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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 Cathy

      There seems to be little consistancy in diagnosis or treatment of P/E related issues...it's very frustrating!!

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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 results....no doubt I will have to chase them up as usual!
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