Do doctors ignore symptoms based on age?
May 11, 2007 2:50pm CST
Even if you have the classic symptoms of heart issues, such as shortness of breath, palpitations, chest pain, etc... do doctor's sometimes blow these symptoms off as nothing just because you're only 25 years old? I had this happen a few years ago... I went to the doctor with these symptoms (and I'm still having them), and the doctor didn't even do so much as listen to my heart with a stethescope! He just told me I was "too young" for heart trouble, and sent me on my way. What's up with this?! I know heart conditions are "mainly" associated with older individuals. But, is it IMPOSSIBLE for a 25 year old person to have a heart condition!? No! It's not! Have you ever had any of your symptoms pushed to the back burner simply based on your age?
• United States
30 May 07
As a person with previous heart related issues, my suggestion is to actually talk to your parents, and find out who their docs are, especially if one of your parents has heart trouble. Or ask a friend or other family member if they have found a doctor that will take you seriously as a patient regardless of age, gender, race or any of that other stuff. Read my little story that tells that there are some doctors that do look past the age and actually tries to find the root of the problem while ruling out other possiblities. Also, if you are ever not happy with the doctor you are seeing, you are entitled to find a doctor that you are happy with and gives you the level of service you deserve. Also, don't be afraid to tell your doctor that you insist that s/he looks into the symptoms and tries to determine the cause. Even though you may not have heart problems, symptoms could be caused by something else. Insist that your doctor take you seriously or take your health care needs to a doctor that truly cares about your well being. When I became pregnant with twins, I found a doctor that really listens to my every little complaint, even if it isn't in his field of expertise. While my doctor may not always have an answer for me, he has always listened and noted all symptoms, and taken me seriously. Such as hot flashes, mood swing, classic menopausal symptoms, in a 26 yr old. And he tested hormones, cholesterol and did cancer screenings. When I came to him with an unusual marking on my neck, he didn't have a clue, but made sure that I had an appointment that week with a specialist. There are very few doctors that take the time to actually listen to a patient, regardless of age. I am lucky, I found one. The doctor I found has made sure that I don't have cancer, has helped with skin conditions, and even directed me to help manage those mood swings without HRT. And for a 26 yr old woman to find out that she is suffering from full blown menopause, this doctor made sure that I had appropriate counseling to help deal with the fact that I couldn't have more children and overcome the difficulties of being so young and having my body age quicker. Of course, now at 30, I still feel young, and look the part too.
• United States
3 Jun 07
I work for a doctor who will not leave the examination room until he is sure the patient doesn't have anymore questions. He doesn't care how far behind he is because all his patients know that he will spend the time with them. We need more doctors like him who will sit down with you and talk everything over with you. You need to find a doctor like that especially since you have health questions that aren't getting answered. You need to push your doctor to the back burner and start shopping around. Start asking your friends about their doctor. The best way to find a good doctor is by word of mouth.
11 May 07
The symptoms sound like hyperthyroidism rather than heart issues asides from that, if you would be sensitive for heat along with it you can pretty much say the odds on that are quite high. Also that though is usually not diagnosed well in patients, especially when younger. Even considering that quite a bunch of studies in the past years have shown that hyperthyroidism in age group 20~39 is increasing. But symptoms sometimes are ignored based on age if the patient doesn't come in obvious enough (pretty much in a life threatening situation). The chances are just seen as so low that many doctors will never get to see a 25 year old with heart problems, and in many cases they would say it are heart problems it even isn't the case. Heart problems on 25 are just really rare, but symptoms shouldn't be completely ignored though.
• United States
11 May 07
I think sometimes it does happen, just like I think sometime they ignore problems of those who are overweight. I think they are too quick to blame age, weight, ect for problems instead of really trying to get to the problem.