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Heart Update

June 18th, 2023 at 04:49 am

The long and short of my appointment with the cardiologist is that I am going in to the hospital on July 7nth for an angiogram, which may or may not turn into an angioplasty or if things are very, very bad when he gets in there, open heart surgery.  But he thinks it is a blockage he can clear or just put a stent in. 

He was concerned enough to get me on the schedule as fast as he could, making an opening for me where there wasn't one, though, on his own schedule since the hospital had a free OR, because the flow rate had dropped from 45% to 43% between appointments with the lung doctor and him, based on the tests I did there and there has been no change in the enlarged chamber.

The risks of the angiogram are stroke, heart attack, and damage to the artery for the big 3 and those are 1 in 1000 risks, and then there are a litter of smaller ones.  But I can't keep living like this.  It's not living.  So if it has 999 out 1000 odds that I'll get through it just fine and improve my quality of life, I want to do that.

Meanwhile he gave me 4 meds to take, nitrogycerin when I feel any squeezing or pain in the heart, baby aspirin, a second blood pressure med with a non-sulfa based diurectic, and a beta blocker.  So that is where I am.  I still tire easily, but I am starting to feel the beta blocker working and am not having as much squeezing.  I don't know if these are forever drugs or not  It still happens, but not just because I change positions.  And I am sleeping better because my heart is not working as hard.  Even my fitbit and my c-pap tracking app agree with that.  So that's as much as I know right now.

8 Responses to “Heart Update”

  1. Wink Says:

    Lucky Robin, my thoughts and prayers will be with as you go through this health journey. Take good care of yourself and try to rest as much as possible. I know this is hard. Keep us updated as you can. ((Hugs)).

  2. Turtle Lover Says:

    I'm thankful for your update and keep you in my prayers! Hopefully we'll hear from you again before July 7th .... ((hugs))

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Lucky Robin, sure hope everything works out for you!

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I hope everything goes well with the procedure. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Oh my dear, I hope the procedure will turn out to be one of the lesser ones, and that your health and comfort will be improved. I admire your calm spirit. Wishing the very best for you.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    When I read your blog, I switch my browser to "No Style" instead of "Basic Style" because it is hard on my eyes to read light font against a black background. Well, something I saw reading it in "no style" made me have to switch to see it the way you set it up. I saw a big solid semi-circle PULSING like a HEARTBEAT at the bottom of the blog! I felt like it was an omen. A good omen. :-) I had already been thinking I was going to tell you about the couple people I know who've had angioplasty and / or stents. Their health was instantly renewed! Prayers.

  7. Marie Says:

    Thanks for the update. You have sure been through the wringer. I hope the angiogram/angioplasty goes very well and helps you fell better!!

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    I hope you'll feel much, much better post-procedure. Smile

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