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My 92 year old Mother has recently had full bloods and ecg

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My 92 year old Mother has recently had full bloods and ecg and all seems above average for her age. She has a mild aortic stenosis and has some breathlessness on exertion.
She has some short term memory loss.
However she has begun to have 'breathlessness attacks' at any time. She firstly complains of a dry mouth, feels over warm and then breathless (not enough oxygen in the air) not asthma or a physical difficulty.
It clears after 30mins - 1hr. She is able to lie down quite well and doesn't seem to be worse. Unfortunately she doesn't remember these onsets from day to day, so it is becoming difficult to manage.
Do you have any comments or ideas as to what this problem may be?
The hospital suggest anxiety/panic attacks, but I don't feel it is as I know her so well.
Submitted: 27 days ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

I'm sorry this is happening

what meds does she take?

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
adalat (nefidipine) 20mg 1 per day ( has done for several years)
simvastatin 40 1 per day taken in evening
omeprazole
tamoxifen 20mg taken for 2 years
denosumab 6mnthly injection to help with osteoporosis
thats it!
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

has she ever been hooked up to a heart monitor when this happens?

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
I'd like to stick to text this time if that's ok, as I want to take note of the replies
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

No problem

I prefer it too but the site automatically offers a phone call

I have no control over it

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
No I haven't done this, as the event is quite short lived, I suppose I could try this. normally her heart rate is a healthy normal
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

That is the biggest concern actually at her age.

arrhythmias are VERY common in her age group

if the heart monitor is normal then it is panic attacks

is this helpful?

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
helpful. Is it possible for the heart to go into an arrthymia for say 30 mins and then recover and be ok then for the rest of the day, or night?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

absolutely

In fact, this is commonly how they behave.

Think of the electrical wiring of the heart wearing out after 92 years.

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Customer: replied 27 days ago.
I'm happy with that for now. I'll also try the heart monitor test.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 27 days ago.

welcome :)

good luck to you and mom

let me know how it goes