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Is there anywhere that will give me a good medical examination and what is the cost - especial my heart. I am getting more and more short of breath, and seem to have a fairly irregular heartbeat.
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Answer:
A medical examination including a cardiac checkup can range from $50-$90 all the way up to many $thousands if sophisticated procedures and investigations are needed. We would highly recommend not choosing a check up on the basis of cost - you can save money safely on very many other things in life but not on medical care. A basic examination with as a minimum full history, physical examination, laboratory tests, chest X-ray and ECG (EKG for those used to US terminology) at rest could be over $200 at a good clinic. This is the absolute minimum needed given your symptoms. Other investigations such as a stress (exercise) ECG, 24-hour heart monitoring and echocardiography could well be needed. We urge you to start the basics immediately especially if you have an at-risk personal medical history or family medical history. Disclaimer: These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.
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