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Old 11-03-2010, 09:45 PM   #106
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Re: is an angiogram necessary?

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I had a heart attack two months ago and went to hospital where I had 3 angiograms within 2 weeks.
They give you a local anaesthetic in your groin and with a tiny incision, put in the tube. You are awake through it so they can ask you to breathe in and out so they can see what is happening.
None of them hurt and I got to watch what was happening on the monitor screen (all in black and white like watching a medical show if you are squeamish).
From the first one, they found 3 blockages and put in stents on the right side. This made me feel better immediately. The next time three days later they did my left side through the other groin and found they didn't have to put in more stents. I had one more a week later as I had to return to hospital again with similar symptoms
It's saved my life, doesn't hurt more than a needle ***** for the anaesthetic. Do it to stay alive.
hi well...thanks or the note. i actually do know what the procedure is... but i just find that there really wasn't a need or it based on the results of the echo and nuclear tewts. yeah.. i have the symptoms...and i said "no" to the dr, so he really didn't pressure me. HE would like to do it...it is me who said "no"... anyway... i have been having pretty high b/p pressure for the last couple of weeks, even tho i have been on 2 different bb's since july. it is going from 155/110 to 140/100 and sometimes it goes higher...i don't know why all of a sudden it is sky rocketing again after the meds had it somewhat under control if you have read my posts from the beginning, you'll see all the crap i've been going thru, not to mention the other poor souls along with me!!! lol.. i know none of it is a laughing matter... but we are all so fed up with it all... so tell me about you... what brought you to your situation in the first place..did the dr know you had blockages prior to your heart attack? what tests had you had and when??
i hope you are feeling better now. are you my age? or younger? sorry if i sound nosey... but i'm not really... just concerned. so if you want... join us here and keep in contact.

 
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:01 PM   #107
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Re: is an angiogram necessary?

I'm 55. I thought I was in good health. Low BP, highish Cholesterol 6.4 (Australia) which should be under 4. No signs of anything until one day, I was at my computer and had crushing chest pain, tingling left arm, sweaty, nauseous. I stood up and told a coworker that I thought I was having a heart attack. I went into a conference room, sat down and fainted. They called the ambulance and within an hour I had the angiogram and the stents. If I'd not been where there were people who organized things, I'd be cactus.
So while you are fretting, this could be ganging up on you and it will come in 5 mins. That's how long it took for me.

 
Old 11-03-2010, 10:20 PM   #108
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gee... that sounds awful. i'm sorry. i guess i'm just scared over the whole thing going on. i have figured that IF my dr still wants to do the angiogram, then i will consent to it. he actually doesn't even know that my b/p has been high for the past weeks, cause i haven't even let him know. i, or a pharmicist friend has been taking the readings..so i can't blame him! but what i do blame him for is that i have had the chest pains and tightness, and for months i have been having the weakness in my left arm with it. he knows about my b/p and cholesterol since july, although he put me on meds which brought everything down to good levels, but since both my cholesterol and b/p has gone up... even with the meds!!!! i did quit smoking almost 50 days ago....not like you.,.. but i did quit, and i haven't changed for the worse, my diet or lifestyle... everything is just as it was since i've been under his care, so i don't know what is causing all of these setbacks. he even sent me to a lung specialist, he said with my history of 35+ years of smoking, it couldn't hurt, but all of those tests and x rays came out just fine...so what do you think is causing all of these things to backfire on me all of a sudden???
anyway... that must have been very scary for you when that happened at work. thank god for your co-workers. i have to say... the pain i do get is definately NOT crushing. it is more of a tightness and mild pain...i too have been taken by ambulance twice to the hospital..but both times i was kept 3 or 4 days and put on beta blockers and sent home. i have been on this merry go round a few times...even the period in my life where i get really really bad symptoms, with the fainting, the sweating, nausea, the numbness in the arm, etc etc.. but they weren't heart attacks.. i think it was all blood pressure related, or the arrythmia that i have.. but no heart attacks. yes. i know it could happen in the blink of an eye.. but so far my doctor has diagnosed coronary artery disease and put me on meds for the b/p and the high cholesterol....that's all. so we'll see. i see the lung dr one more time on friday, and if my b/p is high there still, then i will call the cardiologist and make yet another appt to see him and find out what is going on. maybe he will still want to do the angiogram...i don't know... but like i said.. he didn't mention it again and neither did i.

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Old 11-03-2010, 11:14 PM   #109
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Just mention it!!Just do it. Get better.Then you can spend your time doing other things than writing blogs about your heart!!

 
Old 11-04-2010, 07:53 AM   #110
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Just mention it!!Just do it. Get better.Then you can spend your time doing other things than writing blogs about your heart!!
you're right swell!!!! ha ha... it isn't a great conversation... although i do feel a bit better when i can compare issues with others in the same boat... but it would be nice if that "boat" were a nice cruise ship in the ocean rather than an old canoe half sinking!!!! thanks!!

 
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ok.. so i just got back from the lung dr. he actually said my breathing tests and heart/lung x rays were good. no problem with my lungs.. BUT.... my b/p was sky high 170/105 so he made me rest for 20 minutes or so and took it again and it was even higher...175/110. he listened to my heart, and said i had a very irregular, yet rapid heartbeat and did an EKG. (A----------gain !). he said the beat was very irregular, and something like long strokes on a something or other.. i couldn't take it all in... but he said to double up on the atenelol, from 50mg once a day to 50mg twice a day. he told me to keep taking my pressure two times a day, around the same time each day, keep a record and if it doesn't go down considerably in a few days to see the cardiologist . he is sending these results to him and said i might or might not get a phone call..but he told me not to worry!!! so i won't. i am actually a very calm person anyway, so if he wasn't overly concerned, then i guess it isn't all that bad... but he did say not to feel like i am "bothering" a doctor at any time...if i feel not right, or this pressure stays too high...get in there!! you know.. i do feel like a pest when i call, but i really shouldn't feel that way..afterall... i am paying him...right??????
ok.. just wanted to let you guys know how i made out. hope you all are doing well. let me know

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Re: is an angiogram necessary?

I got a good piece of advice, or maybe perspective is a little better word, along the way: If they are telling you to come back in a few days or a week, what they are seeing is NOT an emergency in their eyes. They may add all sorts of warnings and ask you to call if something comes up, but if they aren't putting you on a bed and prepping you for a procedure then they think it is extremely unlikely that anything really bad is happening in the very near future. That doesn't mean that you don't really need their help, but it means that you really don't have to worry TOO much while you wait.

It made sense to me given the liability that they are always operating under, and I found it comforting. Being told that the nuc stress test was abnormal and that I shouldn't exert myself until the cardiologist talks with me was a real shocker to me, but I wouldn't have taken it quite so hard if I'd had this advice before.

For what it's worth. Good luck, Twin.
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I got a good piece of advice, or maybe perspective is a little better word, along the way: If they are telling you to come back in a few days or a week, what they are seeing is NOT an emergency in their eyes. They may add all sorts of warnings and ask you to call if something comes up, but if they aren't putting you on a bed and prepping you for a procedure then they think it is extremely unlikely that anything really bad is happening in the very near future. That doesn't mean that you don't really need their help, but it means that you really don't have to worry TOO much while you wait.

It made sense to me given the liability that they are always operating under, and I found it comforting. Being told that the nuc stress test was abnormal and that I shouldn't exert myself until the cardiologist talks with me was a real shocker to me, but I wouldn't have taken it quite so hard if I'd had this advice before.

For what it's worth. Good luck, Twin.
i agree wholeheartedly sage! i was a bit concerned when he said he "didn't like" the irregular or rapid heartbeat and the fact the b/p was so damn high and wanted the ekg done right away, but if it had been anything bad, you're right, he would have told me to see the cardio and he didn't... i assume by him telling me to double up on my atenelol will be ok with the cardiologist, ya think? i came home and took another pill asap!! lol..thanks for responding. i do feel better talking to you guys..because we are all "laymen"

 
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Re: is an angiogram necessary?

Have you had your kidneys checked?
The reason I ask is because after my bypass my BP was normal for a few months and then started to become very eratic - it was all over the place.

I went to the Dr and she ordered an ultrasound on the kidneys - I was diagnosed with 'Bilateral Renal Artery Stenosis' basicly this means blocked kidney arteries.

The kidneys seem to think they are not getting enough blood so they release a hormone to make the heart pump harder, which increases your blood pressure.

Maybe another test for you in the future.

 
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oh vyking! no more tests!!!!! but wouldn't i "feel" something if my kidneys were involved??? pain, or burning or something??? i don't. what did they do for you for that? more medications? cause i really really don't want any more tests! i almost said no to the EKG today. but i guess my b/p was too high, and the dr did not like the rapid irregular beat...he must have reached the cardio dr, cause i was at my neices babysitting her 3 month old twins (absolutely precious!!!) and my cardiologist called me and told me not to wait 3 months to come in.. i have to go in on monday. i guess he will either change my meds again, or maybe add meds or something.. but he needs to do something. he asked me if i was nervous..so i told him "I AM now for heavens sake.. i don't want to end up with a stroke!" i wasn't nervous at all until my pressure kept rising a bit each day for the last couple of weeks, then today it really did scare me. one of the readings was 197/116... i thought NO WAY this has to be wrong.. so i took it an hour later and that's when it was 179/110. and at the doctors a bit lower, but still in that 170 range. i am nervous now of course. but my cardio told me not to panic that we will get it under control. i sure hope so, cause i am really not feeling all that good like this. just a few months ago you'd never know i would end up like this. i didn't even know i had high b/p or cholesterol and i felt ok!!! i am just falling apart the older i get!!! lol

so how are you doing? better i hope. what are they doing for the renal stenosis?

 
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Re: is an angiogram necessary?

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No, you wouldn't feel anything.
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i don't want to end up with a stroke!"
I worried about that too but the Dr told me it takes a number of years with high BP to cause any organ damage.
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I'm fine
They wont do anything till the blockages reach 80% atm I'm 60 and 65
I just need to keep BP under control and have regular kidney function tests - atm kidney function is normal.

If and when they become 80% blocked - They will insert a stent or bypass if necessary.

 
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No, you wouldn't feel anything.

I worried about that too but the Dr told me it takes a number of years with high BP to cause any organ damage.

I'm fine
They wont do anything till the blockages reach 80% atm I'm 60 and 65
I just need to keep BP under control and have regular kidney function tests - atm kidney function is normal.

If and when they become 80% blocked - They will insert a stent or bypass if necessary.
oh.. i am a bit confused about the blockages in the kidneys.. is that where the stent would possibly be? i am naive when it comes to all of this stuff..although you'd think i'd be a bit more knowledgable..i AM a medical assistant!!! but i have not been active in the field for over 20 years... although i do remember alot, but not everything!!

 
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No, they would place the stent in the kidney artery - the artery runs off the aorta and supplies blood to the kidney.

 
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No, they would place the stent in the kidney artery - the artery runs off the aorta and supplies blood to the kidney.
thanks.. i understand now...but lets hope the blockages never reach the point where you will need this!! have a great night!

 
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ok.. here is my update. i went to the cardiologist tonite. he made me come in in the evening, when my b/p should have been lower. well, it wasn't!!! it was 175/114 again. he took it 20 minutes later, and it was 174/110. so he added 20mg benicar along with the 50mg of atenelol, and the baby aspirin. (plus the 40mg of simvastatin). i have never been on so many meds at once. have any of you taken the benicar? i don't think it is another beta blocker. explain to me what it is please
he also told me to take it for 2 weeks and then come in (that is the trial period). if there is no improvement he said further testing will be needed. i assume, but hope he didn't mean the angiogram!! here we go again.
anyway, he said my pulse is very rapid and irregular, although i was extremely calm. i am just the opposite of people that get white coat syndrome.. i am always very calm at a doctors office, because i know that is the safest place you'd want to be when you don't feel well!!! but put me in the dentists office and i freak out!!!!! lol
ok.. any input on this update will be appreciated. oh, and i asked him also if he thought maybe my b/p machines were accurate and he said they should be pretty close, which they actually are, but he told me to bring them with me next visit and he'll check them out.
thanks everyone. hope you all are feeling better than i am right now!!!

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