Posted 4/23/2005 12:27 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Gordon, sorry to hear about that. I didn't know about that with the veins. I learn things all the time at this site. Maybe things will change by July. There is always hope. Just hang in there. I'll keep you in my prayers. You know we are all here for you to vent too anytime you need too. Teri is very helpful. We don't see much of Vinny since he had that new grandbaby. I can't blame him though that's what I'd be doing if my granddaughter lived around here. Well I'm off to the dog park with my daughter and her big dog. Have a great day. I'll talk to you later. Barb
Posted 4/23/2005 12:45 PM (GMT -7)
There is a treatment called percutanious myacardial revascularisation. This involves inserting a catheter into the groin and following the femural artery into the heart with a laser. As long as the heart wall measures no less than 8mm then they can fire the laser into the heart muscle. This treatment is presently being tested around different parts of the world as well as here. It is after all a last resort for me. The news on the treatment is that it will last for up two two years which is at least something. Whether they could do any more after that I don't know. But two years sounds good to me. In the US they have used a system called TMR which is a little different from PMR. With TMR they open the chest enough to allow the surgeon to fire a laser into the outside of the heart. The problem here is that with this treatment the heart is actually penetrated and the surgeon must use his fingers to plug the holes and stop the bleeding. As this is an evasive method requiring general anaesthetic it is considered dangerous , not forgetting the chances of infection are high with this method.

God bless,

Gordon and Michelle
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Posted 4/23/2005 6:14 PM (GMT -7)
Wow that's a long name. I've never heard of that one before. I don't know alot about heart disease accept what I've learned here and about my own problem. So far I only have the LAD artery that was clogged up but I'm told it could have caused a massive heart attack and lots of damage or death if they hadn't found it. So even if it does clog back up and they have to go back in I still feel lucky that they were able to find it and treat it early. Maybe they will perfect that treatment better by the time they have to do it on you. How come they are waiting until July to look at you? That seems like a long time. I'm glad you found a good place to go even if it takes a while to get there. It's important to have some one you trust and that has a good reputation when it comes to your health. Well I'm off to watch a movie with my family. tongue Take care. Barb
Posted 4/24/2005 1:06 PM (GMT -7)
Hey there Gordon!  Good to see you posting!  Sorry that your news is not good though!  Will be praying that your July appointment will come up with a plan that will help you...maybe the PMR huh? 
 How are your little doggies doing?   They must be past the sometimes difficult puppy stage by now!  Love to you and Michelle, Pat 
Posted 4/24/2005 1:22 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Pat,

I do post, but only now and then occasionally here. The reason for the delay is simply that there are not that many options open for me. They don't feel another by-pass is the right way to go due to the complications diabetes causes. They feel that another by-pass would be unsuccessful for me. I am left with only the PMR and the problem there is that this treatment is only available on the trials they are carrying out at the moment. They are currently comparing patients receiving PMR against those receiving internally fitted TENS machines connected and wired to the nerves in the spinal column. The next set of patient trials won't be until around July or August and I need to have tests to ensure that the heart wall is still thick enough for me to be accepted for it. So I will wait and see and until then I will just get on with stuff.

Thanks Pat and I do continue to look and see when your light is lit up on my yahoo messenger, when it is I will make contact, God bless and speak soon,

Gordon and Michelle

Post Edited By Moderator (Teri16) : 4/24/2005 5:38:08 PM (GMT-6)

Posted 4/24/2005 4:39 PM (GMT -7)
Gordon, this is your 2nd warning, please look at the guidelines. Your post re other boards is not allowed. Thank you.
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