Had 100% blockage in LAD

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   Posted 12/26/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Had 100% blockage in LAD, July 2009. Luckily I had my heart attack in the ER and in a hospital that had a top notch cath lab. They inserted 3 medicated stents. I am doing well, but wondered how others are doing and handling the occasional chest discomfort, good amount of tiredness and mostly just not feeling like myself. I am on meds, exercise and diet. I have lost 39 pounds and in that respect I am feeling much better with less weight. I just thought I would be back to normal by now on one hand, but on the other think maybe it is too soon to expect 100%. Would love to hear your experiences and advice. God bless and have a happy day.

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   Posted 12/30/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   

I had some severe chest/ breathing problems in 1998 and drove myself to the emergency room and all I got for my troubles was one LARGE asprin and a small galss of water!!~#!!

The second person I saw sent me to the intensive care cardiac ward and soon they found a 90% blockage and I had one uncoated stent put into my LAD artery. My current doctor said the critical time is 10 years after stenting. He said that if I had not done anything except take a statin that my poor diet would have "done me in again".

I have since got my HDL up to 76, last week is was only 73 (for a male this is quite GOOD). I am on ZOCOR and I NEVER NEVER exercise. I drink "reserve wines" almost everyday and I eat very very very little red meat. My supplement list is quite large but I think I know which ones are raising the HDL from some recent info I found in NIH-NLM PubMed.

I had one of those fancy CAT scans and they found NO plaque and perfect blood flow in 2006. A real big difference from 2000 exam (17% restriction). My doctor is totally shocked and I brief him every visit on my program and continuing research. My last office visit with him(A cardioligist) was for 3:45 pm and I did not get out of his office until 8:30 pm. I was his last patient of the day.

See my other recent posting here on this forum.

Hope my story helps.



Post Edited (Braindaed) : 12/30/2009 2:08:20 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 9/1/2011 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I just found your post.  Hope that 2 years post stents you are doing well.  I had the same thing done in June, 2011.
I am always tired, I am frequently cold and I do not feel like my old self.  Though I am relieved to see that what I am feeling is not unique, I am just wondering if and when it will stop.

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   Posted 11/3/2012 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
i just had 100% lad blockage oct 23 2012

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   Posted 11/3/2012 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
im grateful to be here

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   Posted 12/28/2012 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
One year ago tomorrow I had a widow maker heart attack. I was in a area with no phone reception and drove myself to the ER. I made it in less than 5 minutes but was chastised by every medical personel. I would do it again if in the same situation. Was 100% occluded and should not be alive. like randyg, I am grateful to be here also!!!

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   Posted 1/11/2013 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope everyone is doing well. My husband had 100% blockage on the right artery and 50% blockage on the left. He had his heart attack Saturday, Jan 5th. Had 2 stents put in. Will be starting rehad on the 21st 3x week for 12 weeks. He is on a no salt diet. This is all new to us. Threw everything out that was bad for him to eat. Hope he gets better soon.
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   Posted 1/12/2013 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to each of you and I am very glad you are all here to share with us.  I am very grateful that each of you is doing well and Truff - good luck to your husband during his rehab.  It is a great program.
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   Posted 11/4/2013 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
on 10-28-13 my dh was diagnosed with heart attack in er- (please allow a personal vent: no thanks to his soon to be ex-doctor) it started with 'my lungs are burning sunday about 10 am- then around 5pm after a pb&j sammie it started again (dh described it as being like when he was working out in the cold and breathing cold air). he couldn't get eased- i gave him a alka seltzer for 'his indigestion' after belching a few times, it seemed to ease up a bit i wanted to call 911 but he didn't want the ambulance to come- silly man decided to get dressed to dressed and take him but he'd managed to doze off-
upon waking about 6am the 29th (someone was watching over my family) he decided he needed to see the 'quack' who's office opened at 8am (he was worked in and had the test ran about 10:30) by 11 we were on our way to the er.... after another ekg he was whisked back into the er when i got to the room it was a beehive- when the cardio dr arrived and questioned dh about why he didn't seek help the night before here was his reply 'i didn't know it was heart attack' the doctor took dh for a heart cath he had 100% blockage of LAD (he warned me he could still die before/during/after procedure) he was in hospital until nov 1. upon asking the dr i was told that dh had moderate damage to his heart (wouldn't have been so much IF he'd came to er the night before) and i feel guilt for not dialing 911.

we have started a 'low sodium' regular diet. I am doing my best to make it a NO sodium diet but it's in everything.
he has an appt in 2 wks which I think means NO WORK just recovery but dh has other plan----

he said he feels just like he did the day before the 'attack' and he wants to start back to work tomorrow (the dr asked him if he did any heavy lifting -no, and said 'maybe soon' about when he could work) but dh only took 1 wk off work (seriously- i think he should be on temp disability) using his vacation time as he works from home and i can't call the dr as we were told he was on vacation when dh was released from hospital.

soooo being the 'supportive wife' I'm not harping about it being too soon (well not too much). I am hoping when he talks to his friend/co-worker tomorrow his bud will suggest that he 'wait til the dr's appt in 2 wks'.
he has never been on to go to dr (sadly i lay the blame for that at his parent's feet). he wants to work so he will work.
if anyone wants to weigh in with opinions, advice please do so.

and I wish all of you a healthy recovery and long life. KK
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