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Old 06-11-2010, 05:29 AM   #1
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Ht. Dis. and Polycythemia ?

Short story quick, had a M.I. in 2000 at the time ejection factor was 22%, lost weight, exercised and within a year was at 34-36% and I felt great for about 8 yrs. till recently. Latest E.F was 30%.
I went on a diet again and exercised like crazy, Gym 8-10 times per week, walking fast paced 5-8 miles per day 1200 cal. diet. Didn't loose a pound in 6-7 months and my BP is rising seriously, 160/100+ and fatigued as hell. Card. says heart is good keep it up. I get so tired after the gym or anytime that I have to pull over or I would fall asleep driving that bad. Went to GP and had a full physical and he mentioned Polycthemia, to much blood and way to thick. He says my lungs aren't absorbing O2 and this could be the cause.
Waiting on specialist now.
Has anyone had this problem after an M.I. he says they are related ?
Some web sites say this is not series others say it is very series has anyone here have any personal experience here ?

 
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Re: Ht. Dis. and Polycythemia ?

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Short story quick, had a M.I. in 2000 at the time ejection factor was 22%, lost weight, exercised and within a year was at 34-36% and I felt great for about 8 yrs. till recently. Latest E.F was 30%.
Since you've suffered your M.I. have you noticed any unusual reactions to seemingly innocuous things? Do you suffer from allergies? How do you react to odors, chemicals, etc.

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I went on a diet again and exercised like crazy, Gym 8-10 times per week, walking fast paced 5-8 miles per day 1200 cal. diet. Didn't loose a pound in 6-7 months and my BP is rising seriously, 160/100+ and fatigued as hell. Card. says heart is good keep it up. I get so tired after the gym or anytime that I have to pull over or I would fall asleep driving that bad. Went to GP and had a full physical and he mentioned Polycthemia, to much blood and way to thick. He says my lungs aren't absorbing O2 and this could be the cause.
Personally, I feel that when the doctors/specialists have no clue, they pull diagnosis out of the air, or where-ever. Too much blood and way too thick?! To me, that is a crock!

It must be frustrating, though, when you feel like you are doing all of the right things, and are doing far more than most people, and it still isn't working.

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Waiting on specialist now.
Has anyone had this problem after an M.I. he says they are related ?
Some web sites say this is not serious others say it is very serious has anyone here have any personal experience here ?
I haven't suffered from an M.I., but I have suffered from Heart Failure for over 23 years. My understanding is that, when the heart is not pumping at 100% capacity, one's metabolism, which includes the NeuroHormonal and Immune Systems, pump out chemicals (hormones, cytokines, etc) into the body and bloodstream in order to force the heart to do it's job. These body chemicals are very beneficial and powerful, but when pumped in excess and too often, over time they can do a lot of damage to organs, glands, nerves, muscles, etc.

The medical industry makes medications to inhibit or block some of the more damaging chemicals, hence the names of the meds: Calcium Channel Blockers, Ace Inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Renin Blockers, Aldesterone Blockers, etc.

The medical industry knows that blocking, or inhibiting these body chemicals have a positive effect on Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure and Heart Rhythm problems, but they don't know exactly what causes the excesses of these body chemicals. They know that the body over-produces these chemicals, to get the heart to work at 100% capacity, but they don't exactly know what else causes it to happen.

It's up the each individual to do the detective work and find out their own antagonists and eliminate them from their environment, IMHO.

I've detailed my struggles with Heart Disease in a thread: Heart Disorders > What I have done to survive Heart Failure & AFib with a high quality of life.

The direct link is: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=742271
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: Ht. Dis. and Polycythemia ?

WOW an answer. LOL
I have read your post in the past.
Let me tell you this really sucks. I have zero energy, went to my Card. on Monday again and he gave me a clean bill of health. (heart wise anyway)
I don't think I mentioned that I gained 20 lbs or more from doing nothing in 2 months.
I was sent to a Hematologist/Oncologist yesterday. He took more blood that they can not get out of me, yes it was shooting out little globs and my right arm hurts like hell from all the digging. DR. said same thing as my GP, high red blood count and to much blood. My blood pressure had went from 120/78 and usually lower rarely higher to as high as 200/120. He said I needed a phlebotomy. OK that was tried, they couldn't get any blood to flow, nothing and they used a needle that must of been a 1/4 inch. They finally hooked up a pump and dug for ten minutes three different nursed until we go some. They wanted 500 ml I think and only got 350. I was never in so much pain in my entire life it felt like some one cutting my arm off at the joints. They finally let me go and yes I have to go for another one next week.
He also said all the other test would be back as well. He ruled out anything to do with my lungs and said it seems there's a problem with my marrow from one test they did there.
When we started my BP was 143/87, when we were done it was 128/74 or there about. The nurse said that's normal as thick as my blood is.
Thanks for the ears.

 
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