Originally Posted by Bikeman
For yourself I mean, not for your cat (not that it wouldn't be a bad idea for your cat)
Been feeling like c r a p lately. Lethargic, dizzy, fainted a couple weeks ago. Pressure (rushing sound) in my ears when I bend down, and general unattentiveness. Sleepy more than not.
Could these be signs of a cardiovascular problem? Any of you had cholesterol testing? And if so, what did they tell you afterwards?
Since I am without health insurance, I am thinking of calling the county health services to have this done cheaply (good idea / bad idea?).
Stories? What else should I be doing about this?
What you describe could be any number of things.
Cholesterol in itself is only a precursor for something more serious. High cholesterol causes plaque to build up inside your arteries, which leads to a narrow opening for your blood to flow through, which then leads to your heart having to work harder to push the blood through the narrowed arteries, which leads for the heart to have to increase in size (like a body builder building muscle in order to be able to lift heavier weights), so that it can work harder. Eventually if the plaque buildup is so bad it causes complete blockages which have their own set of problems.
It's a good idea to get a yearly physical including a number of blood tests including a cholesterol level. I'm in Canada and our healthcare is paid for through our federal and provincial taxes, so I don't know the cost of a cholesterol test.
When you say "Dizzy", do you mean the room spins around as if you had been turning around in circles and stopped? If that is what you mean then it could be an inner ear problem.....labrynthitis. That is the most common cause of "dizziness" where the room spins around on you.
If by "Dizzy" you mean "light headed" where you feel like you are going to faint, see stars in front of your eyes, greying vision and a rushing or sea sound inside your ears, then that's something else entirely. Something like this could be caused by any number of things....often times cardiovascular related either through blood pressure (too high or too low), too rapid or too low of a heart beat, irregular heart beat etc. I'm actually having this particular issue myself. I go to see a cardiologist in April to see if she can figure out why I get prefainting and fainting episodes.
Anyway, do your body a favour and go and get it checked out. Even if you don't have health insurance it's your right has a human being to have basic medical care, which includes a yearly medical exam. Surely you have free clinics there for those who are not in a position to pay for private insurance?