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Serious Notice guys n gals concerning me....... Answered

Hey, just wanted to let you all know (so, maybe I put this in the wrong forum) that I am up this early in the morning ( 6:30 am ) because I have to go to the hospital for a complete cardiac / pulmonary workup and battery of tests. Yeah, getting older stinks, especially if you let you physically self atrophy.

Anyway, just wanted you all to know, in case you don't see me for a few days or longer (the tests only last about 4 hours or so, but they could potentially bring on cardiac arrest, or trigger a severe asthma attack, depending on the kind of shape I am in ( it is kind of a pregnant pear shape actually ).

See you all when I am back from the hospital....

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I have a lowered amount of blood flow to my heart. What this means is that I am a borderline heart attack candidate if it gets any worse. Cholesterol was a little high, triglycerides way high.
I will find out details on Friday I suppose when we discuss options...

Addendum 2: The pulmonary tests ( 05/21/2008 ) were horrible, but there doesn't seem to be anything overly wrong that is obvious to the tech, with my lungs.....will have to wait for the doc's report though

Addendum 3: Well, I am afraid things have progressed to the next step... I have to have a heart cauterization to see what may be blocking the lower artery, and how bad the blockage is. If not too bad, they will simply do a quick angioplasty and open it up, but if bad, I will then be scheduled for a bypass. *sigh* as we age the fun just never ends, eh ?

Addendum 4: It will not be THIS coming week, but most likely next week, they will do the double bypass. Because of the location of the blockage at a major branch which would end up cutting off flow to the other artery, they have decided I best have the bypass done.

PS: there was hardly ANY pain in the cath procedure.....I am going to give the person that told me that a hard time next time I see them :-) But I have experienced broken bones already, so I know the next step is not going go be a picnic.

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I may be able to get the bypass done as early as Monday the 9th Yay !

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I am now into my second week of recovery, and things are progressing so well, my wife is afraid I will want to go back to work early and she will be alone again.

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goeon (author)2008-11-10
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Goodhart (author)goeon2008-11-10

Thanks....the operation was done June 9th, so I am nearly fully recovered from it. :-)

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jessyratfink (author)2008-06-23

OH! So this is what's going on. I haven't been around much and I was wondering where you had went to. Now I now. I hope things have gone smoothly and you're recovering quickly. :)

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Goodhart (author)jessyratfink2008-06-24

Jessy, thank you, and yes things are improving very rapidly (now that I have gotten past that first week, which was horrible), on a daily basis.

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Flumpkins (author)2008-06-03

I feel sorry for you... It's really amazing to see you're optimistic. Hope you get better. :-)

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2008-06-03

Don't feel sorry for me. It is amazing that I caught this before any damage was inflicted on the heart. It means that I will have a second chance to "eat right and exercise properly" rather then have heart disease when I am old and can't reverse it. Positive attitude goes a long way towards early healing and bouncing back from adversity .

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2008-06-03

...Still feel better soon though! :-)

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2008-06-03

Oh of course, I will try :-) Thank you.

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westfw (author)2008-06-02
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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-06-02

Thanks, here's hoping for a steady hand on the surgeon, and a relatively germ-free recovery room :-)

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Patrik (author)Goodhart2008-06-02

Yeah - best of luck! Do you know what type of procedure they will be doing? Are you getting the full heart-lung machine treatment, or the fancy new minimally invasive technique?

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Goodhart (author)Patrik2008-06-02

Thank you. Originally the doc spoke of the rerouting the blood outside until the procedure is finished, but I have not heard yet from "which" direction they will enter. But, since they said I will be out of commission for approx. 6-8 weeks, I am assuming the worst ( I hate broken bones....).

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Hypocaust (author)2008-06-01

Have you had the bypass thingy? Did it hurt? Did ur pullcord break?

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Goodhart (author)Hypocaust2008-06-02

No, not this week. It will be next week some time before they get to see my insides :-)

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Goodhart (author)2008-05-23

Freshly back from the Cardiologist.....I have updated above with the latest...news.

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2008-05-23

. Almost exactly what happened to me. They decided angioplasty wouldn't do me any good, so they split my sternum. :( . One thing in your favor, they don't go in from the front as often as when I had my surgery. . Here's hoping it's angioplasty for you.

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-05-31

It wasn't meant to be I guess. I get the bypass within 2 weeks....

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2008-05-31

. Well, it ain't no fun, getting one's sternum busted, but you get all the morphine you can stand. I don't remember the first two days after surgery. ;)

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-05-31

I hope it isn't THAT bad. I can't afford to be off work too long....I don't lift or anything, just sit and type.

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2008-05-31

. Your's should go much better than mine. The pull-cord broke when they went to restart my heart, so I was dead for a while. My sternum is still uncomfortable, but I seem to be a rarity - most ppl I've talked to got over the soreness very quickly. I had some minor problems that kept me in the hospital for 5-6 days (that's all a blur - I almost wore out the button on the morphine pump - it may have been seven days), but they tell me most ppl get out in 3-4 days.
. It's not fun, but it's almost routine surgery nowadays. If they go in from the side (laparoscopic), I hear recovery is even faster.
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PS: Before the surgery, they will want you to watch a video about the procedure (for informed consent, I guess). I HIGHLY suggest you do NOT watch it. I will scare the bejeezus out of you. I turned it off after a few minutes and just told them I watched it. ;)

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-05-31

I HIGHLY suggest you do NOT watch it. I will scare the bejeezus out of you.

Nothing (except the possibility that I have hurt someone somehow) scares me much anymore. I may be concerned, but not really scared :-)

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2008-06-01

. I just back from visiting my biological father. He is scheduled for a triple bypass on Tuesday. Doctors give him a 50/50 chance of making it through the surgery. When it rains, it pours. . Now I know why I had to have bypass surgery at 43 yo - a bio-sister had it done ~12 years ago and another one of my bio-siblings had heart surgery, but I didn't catch when. I wouldn't be surprised to find out my bio-mother has heart problems, too.

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-05-23

Thanks much for the well wishes.... :-)

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PKM (author)Goodhart2008-05-23

Oh, that's a bummer. My dad had to have a number of angioplasties and stents, etc. in his legs because of diabetes-related circulatory bad things, and he said while the procedure itself wasn't overly problematic, just being in hospital for all the prep and observation and so on is enough to send you stir-crazy. Best of luck with that...

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Goodhart (author)PKM2008-05-23

My Mom has had 2 angioplasties and then one triple bypass.....she is in her eighties, so I am not too worried, still thank you for the well wishes.... :-)

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-05-23

BTW: I am off of work today....so I may be back a bit later....

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Patrik (author)Goodhart2008-05-23

That's too bad... but at least you're finding out this way, rather than the alternative, I guess. Best of luck to you...

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Goodhart (author)Patrik2008-05-23

Yes, better early then too late. Thank you for the well wishes.... :-)

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gmoon (author)Patrik2008-05-23

Well, that certainly sucks. To second Patrik's comment--I've known several people, late 40's, early 50's who never had the benefit of this knowledge, 'till it was too late. Good luck--you'll be around a long time yet...

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2008-05-23

Thank you for the well wishes.... :-)

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killerjackalope (author)2008-05-13

Good luck to you, a guy that used to work with me did those after a heart attack a few years previously, he was not amused, you are free to fall off the treadmill at any point of stop it, don't bother going longer than you can... He finished the thing only to find he needn't have. On the upside having a heart attack isn't all bad, you get a little spray bottle of nitro for your body... Opens all the veins in your neck...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

Thanks.....well, I finished the stress test without any actual pain (see my explanation to NM). They did spray some of the Peppermint into my mouth (sublingually under the tongue nitroglycerin) because of the EKG.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-13

Glad to hear you're alive, hopefully you're not in need of any sugreries etc. may they'll make you a life plan to make you healthy... If they do that on health insurance it would be ten times cheaper than the respective professional doing each thing... I don't know much about american medicine... It's complicated.

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

It is complicated, since now that insurance companies have a major say in how much the Docs can "accept" as payment. Yeah, I don't want surgery just yet. Gotta lose this 95 lb (43 kg) "baby" I have been carrying up front for the past 6+ years (my belly). Slow and steady though.....

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-13

Yeah, or you could have the lazier approach and do some testing, you know those 'magic' systems that work by delivering tiny jolts to muscles, one of them then make a DIY option, I actually see a use in them though, see if they work that way... well you could make antiparalysis kits, say you lose use of your legs in a car accident, the signals are intercepted using tech similar to that in prosthetic limbs and bridged over the gap, it wouldn't be particularly smooth in comparison to normal body movement but walking, running and jumping could be restored... Sorry that was one of the most off topic rants I've ever gone on, however, good luck on your journey to becoming a streamlined man of steel, or reasonably fit, whichever takes your fancy...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

I had bought one of the earlier versions of the muscle stimulator thingie, where you put pads on 4 spots (around the abdomen most of the time) and you could adjust the amount of juice given.....from mild "jump" to "oh my word, who stabbed me" LOL I just have to somehow lose that extra weight around my heart....that's all there is to it....for now.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-13

Casual excercise, only now work really wont allow you in the gym...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

Yes, but my next step is to not only walk to work (about a 8-10 stroll), but to walk home after work too (although the wife doesn't like me walking in the city at night *sigh*).

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-13

I think you should drag you wife along with you on the adventure, you may rekindle her spirit for new things... or give a few E's and just watch, have a three hour laughing workout, oh laugh more...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

She claims to not be able to walk around the block and not feel tired....which is probably true since she rarely walks that far) and so picks me up in the car at night. Laughing? The last time I had a real laugh was when the Blue Collar Comedy Tour came out. It has been awhile :-)

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-13

Well it does alot of good for you, as does certain other activities... Then again, that also raises blood pressure, heart rate and core temperature, pushing towards a heart attack, even for young people... Though laughing is a good thing, it's a great way to get stomach muscles aswell...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

A heart attack ? Or do you mean "cardiac arrest". When the doctor in my area refers to a heart attack, they normally are referring to a blockage that restricts blood flow to the heart, just as a stroke is the same blood flow restriction, only to the brain. Cardiac arrest is when the heart literally stops. :-)

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-13

I always considered a heart attack to be an umbrella term for them, thouhg both cna be caused by excercise etc. heart attacks are mostly from cholesterol and thrombosis I believe... Strokes are a scary business... I suppose pulmonary strokes are called something else again...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-24

Ok, I concede that a heart attack, or a myocardial infarction which is a necrosis of cardiac muscle tissue caused by a coronary artery obstruction linked to a spasm, thrombosis, or atherosclerosis, is also referred to as a "heart attack". Obstruction need not be by means of a clot.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-24

Well It's kinda like a clot, cholesterol based ones work the same way ad could move like one in theory... I just had the whole umbrella term drilled in to me at some point, my grandad died of a heart attack, specificly I couldn't tell you which thing... Then again he had survived four already, two of which he hadn't noticed happening...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-29

Yeah I was being too persnickity for my own good, the term covers more than I thought. 4 more hours, a wee bit of sleep and then a rush to the hospital and I am up for the procedure.....I am just a bit anxious about the pain afterwards.....they are going up, not just the artery, but also the one vein (btw, you know what they call two blood cells that stick close together? Two corpuscles that loved in vein).

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-29

Goodhart, if we ever meet in person I vow to slap you for that last pun, not just for me but for mankind... Ack chill out, as long as you're calm enough and stay still it should be all good.

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-05-29

Oh, when I say I am a "bit" anxious, it isn't really worry, but rather.....I just don't LIKE pain, you know? :-) Ok, that pun was almost as old as I am...so it was not mine ;-) I remember it from a 1968 Reader's Digest.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-05-29

There's a reason it's not been said since... Aye pain is generally bad, ugh my hate is the dentist, I can endure having myself sewn together sans anaesthetic but having a needle go through my jaw muscle just does it... Mainly because non food items are not for going in my mouth... I would have thought the pain wouldn't be too bad... Then again I've never has a probe up my vein, or anywhere else for that matter...

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