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Old 04-02-2007, 08:10 PM
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Do I need it? Is it bad? I might have unstable anjina or somthing bad. It hurts.
I hate to let the doctors have thier way with me.
Any one else have splints and bypass's. ?
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:18 PM
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Woa, woa, woa....let's slow down here. Is this coming from your cardiologist? Have you had a nuclear stress test (or at least echo stress test), have you had an angiogram?

There are a lot of chapters to this book before you get to the end. Need more info...

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Old 04-02-2007, 08:21 PM
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Your going to ask what to do to a bunch of boaters/fisherman????

Go to the doctor!!!!! It might not be as bad as you might think. Don't trust WebMD, trust a certified cardiologist. My dad underwent a triple bypass. He was out of the hospital in 3 days. Just go and get it taken care of before there is muscle damage.

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Old 04-02-2007, 08:48 PM
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Cardiologist? No. Looks like I need one, though. I just though maybe some THTlogist's could share their experience and opinion's
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:54 PM
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All depends on what is going on with you. You should seek out an experienced cardiologist and go from there. Chest pain is nothing to fool with at all.

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Old 04-02-2007, 09:16 PM
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First, I am not a cardiologist. You, my friend, need to see a cardiologist pronto!

Now, for my story: I had chest pains in November while exercising. I took it easy for a few days until I was able to see a cardiologist. (BTW, general practitioner gave me an ekg and deemed me healthy.) The stress test by the cardiologist came back negative, but I started experiencing chest pains. The cardiologist basically told me at that time I needed a catheterization but he could try to confirm it with a nuclear stress test. In terms of reliability, the only 100% reliable method to check condition of coronary arteries is with a catheterization. The nuclear stress test is generally reliable, followed by the less reliable stress test, followed last by a static ekg. My nuclear stress test came back positive and I had a stent installed on the day before Thanksgiving.

BTW, I am 47, 24% body fat, 201 cholesterol score, exercise 4x / week.

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Old 04-02-2007, 09:26 PM
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I am 29. Grandad was 50. Both do/did 12 oz. curl's every day. Smoked like twin 3208's on a steep hill.
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My dad had his by pass 2 1/2 yrs ago. He just turned 58 a few weeks ago. Doesn't smoke, never has, never been a big drinker, 3 to 4 miles walks everyday with a very physical job. During work he never had any symptoms. When he went on his walks, he got a burning in his chest. Went in, stress test detected something, next up was the heart cath. Determined he needed triple by pass. Took donor veins, one in each arm and one in the leg. It went great, with no damage. Dr's say he has another 50+ yrs til the next tune up on it. My cousin didn't fare so well. He's fine, now. But, he's in his 40's, drinks and smokes still. He still has a hard time getting around.

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Tomorrow.
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I've had my chest cracked open a few times.
No fun.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:12 PM
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Generally speaking there are a lot of tests inbetween the initial appt with the cardiologist and open heart surgery. Go to the doc, be honest with your history, symptoms, medication and level of activity and see what they suggest you can do.

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Old 04-02-2007, 11:41 PM
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Not to make light of your symptoms but.....

Saw a Viagra ad the other day that said to check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for sex.

Iím 74 years old, my heart still ticks, doesnít hurt. My doctor at 39 years old has heart trouble and darn sure looks too unhealthy for sex, so why in the world would I take his advice?

Honestly, growing up, I thought my grandparents and my folks stopped having sex in there fifties. Heck Iím as horney as a three peckerd billy goat. When does it slow down, or stop?

Wife was worn out years ago and the neighbor ladies are looking pale and weak.



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Old 04-03-2007, 10:07 PM
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Any updates?

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Old 04-03-2007, 11:28 PM
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Splints?

Do you mean stents?
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:01 PM
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Latest technology is a heart/artery mri/cat scan, non invasive test to check for clogs. I am due for new tests and will tell my doc I want the non invasive before another angiogram. Go every 18 months for a nuclear stress test but that nevertells all. Good luck and ask lots of questions.

After one heart attack, high BP and Angina , I don't fool around. Like American Express, Nitro, I never leave home without it. Dem chest pains hurt.

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Old 04-04-2007, 04:41 PM
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Careful with the mra/cta non invasive tests. They are great as showing the denisty of the vessel but poor at showing dynamic blood flow. Images for a cta are static while angiogram is fluid. Angiogram is by far the gold standard.

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Old 04-04-2007, 06:44 PM
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I am 41 years old, and was having chest pains a couple of years ago, I paid it no mind because it seemed to come and go. About a year ago I started to get real real tired not sleepy tired, could'nt get off the couch tired, also started to get bad stomach flu's about twice a month. I finnally went to the doctor, he sent me to a cardiologist, after a nuclear stress test, ecocardigram, angiagram it was determined I had bad cardimyopithy and arythmea. It was determind those chest pains were small heart attacks leaving my heart muscle damaged beyond repair. Since I have an ICD (Internal Cardioverter Deffibrillator) in my chest, and have had to alter my lifestyle drastically. Dont waste any more time, go see a cardiologist AT ONCE , you could be saving your own life!!!!
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:08 PM
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my wife had open heart surgery about 15 yrs.when she was in her 30"s , always had a heart murmur but tired all the time told to see cardiologist and she did and had echocardigram done, and many other tests done the dr said she had 3 weeks to live. she had a valve replacement and by a donor , its not covered with pigskin like they were doing , surgeon that she was using had only done 35 in the whole usa at that time , she was the youngest person he had done. doing very well go to dr every year for test and checkup and said it will leak again just dont know when. go to the dr.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:41 AM
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The consensus and correct view, which it sounds like you are following, is get to a good cardiologist (not just a GP) ASAP. Time can be of the essence and you don't want to fool around with it.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:17 PM
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YIKES~!!
You don't want to become a victim of your own forum name - TIMEBANDIT -

Hurry up and get to the doc (cardiologist) and let us know what's goin' on ASAP!!!

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