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Just returned from the hospital..... Answered

Last night at work, I started having chest pains and pressure, and so spent the night in the hospital getting it checked out.   AFAIK, it turned out not to be heart related, but they still want to run a stress/echo-C test just to be sure. At this point, we are not sure what caused the pain/pressure for 14 hours.  But it is good to know it is probably NOT my heart :-) 


ADDENDUM: .the Heart Cath, prep and procedure take up much of a day's time (started at 10 am and got out of the hospital by 4:45 PM). And I was completely wiped out mentally and physically by then.
All went fairly well, they found one artery about 70% clogged but not enough apparently to need a balloon or stent (shrug), so I will be "watched" for awhile. So, thankfully, no "extended" stay at the hospital this time around. I will be going back to work in Monday even.

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FlatLinerMEDIC
FlatLinerMEDIC

8 years ago

Angina? Your vitals? Sometimes hospitals do tests just to make extra money .....if you need an EKG they might go all out and do everything and that puts more stress on the patient. ECSPECIALLY a heart patient


-Paramedic

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

EKG's were never "bad" for me, even before my heart operation 3 years ago (double bypass) for an 85% blockage at a branch in my artery. It was a stress test and echo that showed the blockage.

They did the tests, as they said, because of my "history" :-)

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FlatLinerMEDIC
FlatLinerMEDIC

Reply 8 years ago

Ahhh I seee. Hope your doing better. On meds I hope?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Yes, one for cholesterol and of course 81 mg aspirin, and 2 hypertension meds. Come the 14th, I will know if they want to change anything else.

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FlatLinerMEDIC
FlatLinerMEDIC

Reply 8 years ago

Wow, the asprin is probably the best medicine you can be taking out of all of them ! I always carry one or two around if someone is having heart attack ill have them chew it up fast.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Yes that and the cholesterol lowering med (lipator or the generic I believe)

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

Oh my gosh! I am so sorry to hear you had such a rough night. That must have been terrifying. I'm glad they don't think its heart related, and that they are wise enough to run additional tests to be sure. It sounds like your in good hands. Try and get some rest and take the doctors advice. Nothing is as important as your health.

- Take Care

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Well my first "double bypass" was caught before a heart attack, so I have been very lucky so far. Sleeplessness is the worst of it at this point. :-)

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

Scary stuff, but clearly you have a little angel on your shoulder. ;)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 8 years ago

Ewww, eeeek! Get it off me! Get it off me!

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

lol... ;) Not partial to things on your shoulder?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Nor am I unless it is something in front of me where I can see it :-)  Then I would even hold a tarantula or scorpion :-) 

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

the cure to what ails you....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

*sigh* inconclusive results - cath scheduled for tomorrow - if blockage is found - I stay - if none, I can return to work on Monday.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

Ugh, they sure know how to prolong the suspense! In medical terms "inconclusive" is an oxymoron... Hopefully the cath turns up nothing.

Unless you were looking for a mini-vaycay...? ;)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

well a blockage WAS found but not enough for a stent nor ballooning (or any surgery at this point).

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

So aside from monitoring, will you need to go on medication? Its good news that you don't need any invasive procedures, but 70% doesn't sound great. (?)

Then again, I am no heart specialist. ;)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

I am already on some...so pending a change with the followup I have on the 14th, I won't know until then...

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

Ah! The typical "waiting game" begins... I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but I have a family member who's been dealing with some serious heart related issues, has had major surgery, may need a transplant and she's only 46. Doctors always seem to find a way for people to "wait". :(

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 8 years ago

I'll help! I'll help!

>swats shoulders<

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 8 years ago

:-) Thank you! And my personal demon thanks you as well :->

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

at least LR didn't try to kill it with a baseball bat LOL

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gmoon
gmoon

8 years ago

Good luck. I'm glad you didn't ignore the symptoms and "gut it out."

(I know what it feels like to be over 50...kinda like the warranty just ran out ;-).

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

Nice way of putting it gmoon... ;)

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

it would have been bad if ...kinda like the warranty just ran out...and it was made in Detroit.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Nope, fully assembled in Pennsylvania :-)

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Reply 8 years ago

Like my motorcycle. Which most people assume was made in Milwauke.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

:-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

TY: *sigh* inconclusive results though - cath scheduled for tomorrow - if blockage is found - I stay - if none, I can return to work on Monday.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

8 years ago

Goodness, how did I miss this? I hope you get to feeling better soon and they get something figured out. :)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks, at this point they haven't any plans on doing anything different. Although I may get a change in meds when I get my follow up appointment.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

8 years ago

Well, did they at least rotate the tires for free?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Nah, didn't even clean flush out the drains....*sigh*

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

TY....I should be able to return to work in Monday

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porcupinemamma
porcupinemamma

8 years ago

Mike, times like these remind us that life is fragile. You are well loved in this community and we hope for your health and happiness; please remember that! You are in my prayers.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

All is (relatively well :-) ....I have added some additional info in the original post above. . . and thank you .

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

I am working on it :-) In about an hour I will be at the hospital getting the Cath done (abnormal stress test results brought this on). I will report back later :-)

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ilpug
ilpug

8 years ago

Hey, get well man, it's always good to see you around the site!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

*sigh* inconclusive results - cath scheduled for tomorrow - if blockage is found - I stay - if none, I can return to work on Monday.

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ilpug
ilpug

Reply 8 years ago

Well, keeping my fingers crossed.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

:-) TY....even if there is some blockage, they don't expect it to need much more than an angioplasty and stent ...

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

8 years ago

Sardines in mustard sauce. Stay well.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

I am curious, any reason for the mustard sauce? I normally get the hot sauce or water packed....but if the mustard holds some benefit I am unaware of, I will switch.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Oh I see :-)

*sigh* anyways -  inconclusive results - cath scheduled for tomorrow - if blockage is found - I stay - if none, I can return to work on Monday.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Oh I normally have plenty of sardines on hand, but none of them in my area are low salt....which is harming my kidneys *sigh* You just can't win...

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CatTrampoline
CatTrampoline

8 years ago

Best wishes and hope it turns out to be nothing too serious. We want you around the site for a long time to come. I'm glad you went to the hospital instead of posting one of those "should I go to the doctor?" questions in the Q&A section.

The last time I woke up with a heavy feeling in my chest and shooting pains in my left arm, it turned out to be a hungry cat standing on me and alternating bites of blanket with arm nibbles.