am i nuts or is my cardiologist nuts?

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mandawg68
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   Posted 8/15/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
i was diagnosed with large pfo with asa.  my dr. wanted me to see a heart surgeon to have it closed.  i went to the heart surgeon and he said that he wanted me to see a cardiologist and have the procedure done as a groing cath procedure if possible and if that was not possible the he would do an open heart procedure.  i asked the surgeon if my symptoms- extreme tiredness, shortness of breath like i had a weight on my chest, dizzy and light headedness, nausea and sometimes vomitting could be caused from the pfo and asa.  he said they could and that is why we needed to procede with this to see if this relieved the symptoms.  i went to the cardiologist and he said no to the procedure.  he said if i have a stroke that he would then consider the procedure. i said (i am 46) what kind of quality of life am i going to have for the rest of my life with these symptoms.  he said those symptoms are not caused from the pfo or asa.  he said maybe i was depressed and needed medication for that. i said does this increase m risk for stroke and he said yes it does but 1 baby aspirin will take care of that and if i do have a stroke then i could have the procedure done.  but yet the surgeon said that these symptoms could be from the pfo and asa and it is better to have it fixed to see if this relieves the symptoms and gives me a better quality of life. i am so confused now i do not know what to do.  i guess i will go back to my primary dr. and see what he recommends and wait to have a strok.   smhair  

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   Posted 8/16/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Oh for heaven's sake - that is like trying to put out a raging fire instead of preventing one.  I do not think you are nuts at all.  Get yourself to a new interventional cardiologist that knows what he is talking about.  I am sorry you have been going through all of this. 
 
Be your own best advocate and don't sit around waiting to have a stroke. Sending you many goo vibes.
 
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 8/28/2011 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
WAIT to have a stroke??? That cardiologist ought to lose his license! How asinine is that recommendation! I wonder - are you a woman and this cardiologist a man?
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   Posted 8/31/2011 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh dear, I would run away from that doctor as fast as I could (without stressing my tender heart too much :) ) Please start seeing another specialist for a second opinion. Stroke is nothing to fool around with - he should be fired!

mandawg68
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   Posted 9/16/2011 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your responses.  i am seeking another opinion at the end of this month with a cardiologist that specializes in this.  you all take care and thanks again.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 10/1/2011 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm. Let's see: I have one doctor who sat down w/me, discussed my symptoms and likely cause, suggested a couple of courses of action and indicated the sequence they should be attempted and he suggests a second opinion.

Then I have one doctor who tells me the same symptoms may be caused by depression and some medication for that may help. He is against the suggested procedure unless I have a stroke first ......

I've heard enough. I walk out of the second doctor's office never to return.

I ask the first doctor if there is a doctor he recommends for a second opinion on our discussed procedure.

I make a voodoo doll in the image of that second doctor and spend my spare time sticking pins in it.
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