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tfofd
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   Posted 5/2/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
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Scuba
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   Posted 5/3/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the only way to know for sure if there is blockage is a heart cath.
I had a stress test in November. It came back negative. I finally convinced my cardio doc to do a cath in march. He said I was very close to a massive heart attack that I probably would not have survived. They only symptoms I had were mild chest pain very tired all the time and easily winded when doing physical work. I suggest take it seriously convince the doc to do a cath.
Steve

Alcie
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   Posted 5/5/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
tf -
Heart cath is no big deal. No they don't knock you out, although they love to give you Versed which does nothing but make you forget. I always refuse that - google it. Cath doesn't hurt. I've had 2, needed stents both times, so I had to stay overnight. I enjoyed watching the monitor and listening to the doc tell me what he was seeing. No pain, not even discomfort.

DO try to find a doc (interventional cardiologist) who has the little machine that puts a stitch in the artery when they take out the catheter!!! It's out of date for them to be just putting pressure on the site, then you get a gigantic hematoma and aren't allowed to get up for 4 hours or more. I've had it both ways and will never go back to the first doc!!!!! If you get the tiny stitch you don't have them holding pressure, no giant pressure bandage, no huge hmatoma. Stitch doesn't hurt either.

My stress tests, EKGs, Holter monitors, have all been negative, even just before a minor heart attack and when I needed the second stent. The key words to know "I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack." Then they take you seriously.
Alcie
 
 

Alcie
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   Posted 5/7/2011 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd sure quit smoking right now. I'd ask the PCP to recommend an interventional cardiologist. I'd stop eating all white carbs - like bread - which your liver makes into artery-clogging cholesterol. (Don't worry about a little fat.) No sodas and things not nutritional. And I would start walking, a little more each day. Actually I did all this, except for I never smoked.

Has your rheumy pushed on all the "tender points" to check for fibromyalgia? I got poked by 4 docs before one asked me if it hurt, which it did, but I thought they were feeling for lumps and just tolerated it. I had the blood tests, all negative too, so fibro was the one left. It causes pain all over, tiredness, possibly weakness.

I didn't get toradol shots, but tried all the other NSAIDs, max doses of Tylenol, then was put through all the "fibro drugs" which didn't help or gave me bad or awful reactions. I only get 3 tramadol a day. Rheumy says there is nothing more to try. I read an article about a study that showed a little zinc, magnesium and melatonin help with sleep. Not sleeping is a fibro thing too. Just a thought to ask the rheumy.
Alcie
 
 
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