I decided I am going to open up and talk about this here. It is more personal than I usually get. I had an abnormal heart test this week. And I am really scared. In the past, my heart tests have always shown me to have very good heart health. But not now. It is great when modern society lets you access test results via online records. What ISN"T so good is when you see a test result that is scary and you doctor doesn't talk to you for days. My "BNP-Pro" test came out high. Online medical resources call it "chronic heart failure." But further research shows it is a poor choice of terms. It makes you sound like you are about to keel over, but apparently, it means your heart simply isn't working the best it can. That, in and of itself is frightening. My sister said the American Heart Association says that 1 in 5 people have this issue. My blood pressure tests have always been good. Extensive heart tests about a year and a half ago all came out good. I was in the hospital overnight for chest pain, but it was tied to my Acid Reflux issues. I don't know how serious it is. I am not happy about my Dr not getting back to me yet. It doesn't help that I have OCD and am trying to keep it balanced and in check whenever dealing with health issues. I am worried that the medication I am taking for Acid Reflux is a cause or contributing factor, yet I can't just stop taking it. What I NEED to do is get serious about losing weight. My knee pain, acid reflux AND this would all greatly benefit from that. But I have been overweight most of my life. It isn't easy for me. Right now, I am on the fear diet. Fear isn't always bad. It is a warning sign to pay attention to a danger. I need to lose about 70 pounds or so. I am starting with seriously trying to eat less sugar. Starting with not eating it every day. And I started a food log today. I know I should just be able to not do so, and I can normally be very disciplined in may parts of my life. But I have not succeeded in this particular thing in the past. Exercise is NOT a problem. I get plenty of that. Except right now I get scared when breathing hard. "Is that a normal rate of hard breathing for this workout? Or is it my heart?" This is where my OCD does not help. Anyways, I am not sure what I hope to get writing this. But since heart health is a common problem, maybe it is good to have a thread about people's experiences with it? Anyways, If I suddenly stop posting and moderating, I guess you will know the heart problem is more serious.