Still having shortness of breath despite Normal ECGs and Echodiagram Stress Test

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How accurate is the ECG and Echo Stress test in diagnosing heart problems?

I originally only had these problems breathing at night.I went to he hospital and they did these tests on me.They did it on the day though.Would that affect the accuracy in a way?

I'm worried that this constant shortness of breath is caused by a heart problem.

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    I'm only 20 years old.

    I've also had Chest CTs and an Endoscopy .

    Doctors just ended up giving me asthma inhalers.They don't work but my Dr insists on me taking them for another few months.

    Anxiety meds they gave me like Xanax and lexapro also dont help .

    Should I redo the heart tests?

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    They are accurate for diagnosing problems but the stress echo can also give false positives. I had three false positives that led to unneeded angiograms. 
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    Husband has major heart condition, ECG misdiagnosed by local GP, specialist gobsmacked that he could have missed such an obvious dialated cardiomyopathy, and told us nothing wrong. 

    I sensed something was wrong and demanded we see a specialist cardiologist had to pay for private consultation, GP would not refer us to public hospital, and she diagnosed husband had a problem and ordered an immediate echo cardiogram, that showed exactly what was wrong his left ventricle was all blown out.

    Her advice was he needed an angiogram post haste, but husband collapsed the following day at home, with congestive heart failure, and a clot had gone down his right leg it was found later after screaming in pain about pain in leg. 

    Angiogram then done in public hospital were they found his arteries of his heart had no blockages, only about 2% of population have no blockages at 59, still has no blockages at 66 from tests in last couple of weeks.

    So is echo accurate, yes in husbands case, but they did seem to think his dialated cardiomyopathy was caused by bloackages to arteries in heart, I personally think he caught an infection of some kind, probably virus that damaged the muscle of his heart because 3 weeks earlier he was a fit as a buck rat, and then suddenly not well.

    How did I know he had a heart condition as serious as he did, I just knew, but it was pointed out to me by my nursing sister, that you would recognise heart failure just by looking at somebody with it, your father had it when you were born, and you lived with it until you married your husband, and then watched your father die over a matter of weeks as he became critical, nothing they could do for him but a heart transplant, and that not available to a 70 year old in the early 1980's, rare even today.

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    Hi mate. Sorry you're going through this. Those tests are pretty accurate, maybe it's not heart related... Do you suffer from anxiety? Stress? Allergies? How long have you been feeling like that?

    Look I'm 22 and a chronic anxiety and depression sufferer and when I was 18 I went through a phase I was convinced I had heart failure, because an annoying chronic shortness of breath that wouldn't even let me walk from long distances. When I was at uni, it was a nightmare going from classroom to the other cause I would always run out of breath. I couldn't do the household with the same energy either. When I talked over the phone, the other person would tell me that i sounded as I was suffocating. So I went to have several ekgs and a echocardiogram and they were normal. I spent the following six months still having shortness of breath but it was going away gradually. Eventually, I realized it was because a magnesium defficiency, so I think it is important that you address other possible causes! Hope you feel better soon!

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      Hi dear. I m 37 male. Same condition with me. Many dr check me and said its anxiety. I cannot breath and walk. They advise me to change my life style. But i feel i m passing out. How you come out from your bad condition.
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    Hi Hazwan

    I have had loads of tests for chest pain including a cartaroid catheterization 24 hour heart monitor blood tests ecg's

    all cam bacl normal but like you I still suffer with bad chest pain and breathlessness so I don't know what is happening with me it does worry me

    joyce

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