Wish you were near me just a few years ago as our hospital has what was once the #2 rating in the country. That was under that was under the name of "The Ronnie Green Heart Center" then the bean counters and advertising guys decided to maximize their patient turn over and maximize profits reorganizing under the name of the Georgia Heart Center pulling patients from around the country in manner 19 cardiologists left in 2019. They have done well rebuilding but last I heard that #2 in nation is currently #3 in Georgia.
If you have some test scores that are baffling if willing to send the reports I can put in front of doctor who told my parents and me option #1 and dad had six months of healthy happy living left folloved by six months of steep decline resulting in death in about 18 months. To go home, get paperwork ready before deemed unable to change or even write a will, get out in his garden and live life.
Diagnosed him with cancer in lungs and brain. Option #2, go to an oncologist who would say "we can cure this" then torture him for the next six months with chemo and radiation and the "cure" would kill him in six months. My brother pitched a fit (my doc buddy does not do a practice but runs a research center but was mine, wifes and parents GP, internist, etc but would not see brother because would not follow recommendations) and told mom they were going to get at least two opinions from a "real cancer specialist".
Found his specialist who told mom and brother (I was not made aware of this until called and told dad was in heart center) he could cure the cancer. My friend said the cancer could be cured but the cure would kill him in six months as his heart and lungs were not strong enough to survive the cancer treatment. Six months and two weeks or six months and two days after cancer treatment began dad passed after six months of hell where he spent more time in hospitals than not.
Watched my buddy cry saying "I told them and your brother stole a year of Wally's life" of which he had said first six months would feel fine, next six sick but o.k. then at 14 months hospice care till passed peacefully. Have sat in his office while calling doctors all over the country patients had disease x or y and were terminal. Many doctors reacted belligerent and would argue while I watch tears roll down his cheeks.
Jave heard him consult with doctors about a patient and say they have disease "a" or "b" and if treated with new medicine FDA approved x months ago had a 70% or better chance to survive. Almost half don't understand what he has diagnosed just reviewing records, have not heard of new medicine and let their patients die and he stresses out wondering why they asked for his review if going to totally ignore his diagnosis because they didn't understand it.
Every scan you take leave the building with the disk and ask when written report will be ready to pick up. Get hard copy and electronic copies of all tests as soon as completed saving them all. If want will get my buddy to look at anything confusing you. He is more than a doctor, he is a healer and runs one of the top research facilities in the country. Has a cure for strokes, blood test for early detection of Alzjeimers and the cure. It will hault progression in most, reverse it some in many and slow it significantly in worst patients.
He does Phase 2 and Phase 3 tests of new medications and treatments so knows what the cutting edge is. The "expert in his field" told us wife would be bedridden in assisted living within two years in 2011. Took results to buddy, said there was a new medicine being tested in Geneva and Paris labs, was between Phase 2 and Phase 3 and made the call to get her in the program. She quit her job and spent the next three years riding motorcycle three weeks of the month (could not ride the week of an infusion first two years) but then was gone all the time riding her bike with friends and to visit family except to come home for treatments.
If we got a "customs" or FDA issue blocking her meds getting in U.S. I would fly to Paris or Geneva and bring them home. The expert said she would be bedridden by 2013, she has now reached point in bone loss and resulting pain is in bed 25% of time. Instead of full time wheelchair diagnosed by 2012/2013 she only uses wheelchair in house one to three days per month or when we go to doctors that require more than a couple hundred yards of walking on concrete and hard floors.
She still drives, uses a cane most of the time and even rides her full size Harley bagger when feels good and weather is nice. She prefers to have help getting it off and on the kickstand as has lost a lot of strength and some rides are less than 20 minutes because pain overcomes her and some will get four to five hours in saddle 90 to 120 minutes between half hour rest periods. Don't understand a test and willing I will sit in front of my buddy and have him email or call you with explanation and advice. Best I can do, not a heart doc but know a guy who is on leading edge of treatments for hundreds of diseases and cares about people, not money.