Had my Interventional Radiologist Appointment

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   Posted 5/7/2012 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Seen a PA with the IR department this morning. She double checked some of the findings from the tests I had ran a little over a week ago and also went over those test results. She took time to explain all the findings, what the numbers mean an discussed what my options are and where we need to go from here.

All in all she spent about an hour with me.

While I was expecting the news to not be good it was worse than I thought it was going to be. Based on my test results I have at least one complete or nearly complete blockage in my left leg and my right leg is showing at least a 75% blockage. (I had an arterial ultrasound along with the various blood pressure tests on my legs).

After considering my options and talking it over with the PA we decided the next thing to do is an MRA (arterial MRI) to map the blood flow and pinpoint all the slowdowns and blockages. After that it really looks like it is going to be an angioplasty with stent emplacement and the MRA will let the doctor determine how much they can do at once, where to start, etc before going in.

From the sound of things though it looks like I will have to go through the angio at least twice as she does not think they will be able to do both sides at once due to having to use too much contrast if it is all done at once.

My MRA is scheduled in about 2 weeks and then 2 days after that I go back for a consult with the doctor who will actually do the procedures assuming that is what is indeed called for by the results from the MRA. I have been warned though that if the blockage(s) in my left leg are too severe that I may facing a bypass.
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   Posted 5/7/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe Jim,
You do have a lot of things to consider, but lets hope that you don't need the
heart bypass...medical sciences have made wonderful break thru's in the last few
years especially on heart issues...I will keep you in my Prayers and hope things
will not be so blocked for you...do keep us posted on this as you know we care about you,
you are better than a family member here...Prayers, well wishes and healing hugz being sent
to you....and keep us posted, when you can...Rooting for you Jim...
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   Posted 5/7/2012 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Jim, that's a lot of info to take in. I can understand your worry but at least they have found the problem and it can be fixed. Hang tough and take it one day at a time. Let us know how the next few weeks go.

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   Posted 5/8/2012 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to read all of this Jim, but lets just take it a step at a time to see where it all lands. I know you are worried, you have a right to be concerned, just try to stay as positive as you can.

Keep us posted.....Susie
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   Posted 5/8/2012 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim I'm sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please keep us updated as you can.

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   Posted 5/9/2012 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jim,

I'm sorry you are having to deal w/ all of this. My thoughts and prayers are with you as well.

Keep us updated.... --Tina
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   Posted 5/9/2012 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I'm glad you went to the doctor when you did. Sounds like the doctors are taking the right steps to make sure you get the best care. Try not to worry!!!

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   Posted 5/9/2012 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
You have so many who have said all that I could say. I am praying for you, and thankfully you went to the doc when you did.

Hang in there, and try not to stress in the next few weeks. Come here to vent if you need to.

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