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I am 30 years old, have type one diabetes and am overweight, and while my blood pressure is a little high my most recent blood test suggested everything was fine. I've been improving my diet and exercising regularly. Except for a brief period of heart palpitations a couple of years ago that I think I can attribute to stress, I've never experienced any cardiovascular grief.
My father's family has heart disease - grandfather died of it, one uncle has had two heart attacks - so with my own medical complications I figured it would be a good idea in later life (like when I turn 40) to get a pre-emptive Electro Cardiogram so if there was a problem I'd know about it.
Well this week my mother's oldest brother - who was the fittest and healthiest of his brothers - was referred to hospital. Breathlessness led to a suspected diagnosis of angina, and the dye test to confirm it actually revealed he is in need of a quintuple bypass operation. This was pretty surprising, as until that the only heart trouble on my mother's side of the family came from heavy smokers.
So the doctor told my uncle that when heart disease is found like that, his siblings should get tests to see what's going on with their own tickers. My own mother has arranged one already.
So with the revelation of more heart disease in the family than I thought, is it prudent to maybe arrange an ECG in the short term future? Or is this being a touch of a hypochondriac?
As an aside my next check up at the diabetic clinic is next month, so I'm thinking whatever I decide will be based on what I find out then.