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thedwp
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   Posted 5/6/2005 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello my fellow Ablation club members...I had mine done exactly one week ago today and man I'm glad I did. I've had absolutly no problems with my heart since the proceedure and I'm feeling pretty well.

I was wondering if anyone else's leg was sore and stiff a week after. He did have to go through the vein & artery and I'm pretty brusied up. Should I still have some mild pain & stiffness when I walk?

Also, since I've stopped taking my beta blockers my heart seems to want to beat a little faster, at first I was sort of freaked out but I think it's normal...anyone else experience this?

Thanks guys, and I'm glad I found you.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 5/6/2005 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi my name is Barb. Welcome tongue   I'm not even sure what ablation is but my leg was sore for 2 months after having a heart cath done and stent put in. It eventually went away though. Exercise made it act up and by the end of the day it was really sore. Barb

Teri16
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   Posted 5/6/2005 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome to you again thedwp!! tongue
 
I'm glad to hear that you are doing much better since your ablation, for that's what it's all about!
 
Barb, I'll leave it the experts-the people who've 'been there, done that' to explain the procedure, but it's done to help with heart rhythm irregularities.
dwp, I'm sure your leg is a bit on the sore side!  yeah I've had enough heart caths to know that each one is different, and each person is different re healing time.  If you have any fever, swelling, redness, heat to the touch in that area, you need to call your Dr.!  Usually it does take about a week or two to feel better, some have mentioned soreness for a month.  Don't wait too long, though...if it's bothering you, call your Dr.!  It's better to err on the side of safety.
 
Good Luck to you!  Teri tongue
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thedwp
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   Posted 5/6/2005 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response Barb. did you feel any hard areas where the vein where they went in felt hard?


Btaylor said...
Hi my name is Barb. Welcome VIEW IMAGE I'm not even sure what ablation is but my leg was sore for 2 months after having a heart cath done and stent put in. It eventually went away though. Exercise made it act up and by the end of the day it was really sore. Barb

LibbyG
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   Posted 5/6/2005 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   

hi everyone,

seems like so many on this site have had multiple heart caths.  how did you feel that you might be due for another one?  it seems many mention continued shortness of breath and chest heaviness.  my doc has suggested another one for me, maybe, coming up soon.  it seems one was enough!  how many has everyone had, if you don't mind sharing?  having multiple procedures poking on the ole ticker doesn't sound like a fun way to spend the day to me - but of course i'd  prefer that to not having the ole ticker work!

thanks for everyone's input on this -

libby

 


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   Posted 5/6/2005 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had about 9 of them...one just a few weeks ago...
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LibbyG
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   Posted 5/7/2005 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   

teri,

NINE???  wow.  now tell me, why the repeated same procedure?  does that mean they keep going in to do minor repairs?  or just to look?  is there not a concern of scar tissue forming with repeated procedures?  if you feel free, tell all you can!  here i am fearful of having a second...i could use some thoughts and encouragement!

thanks,

libby


Teri16
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   Posted 5/7/2005 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Libby, I had one when I had my Heart Attack and the teaching hospital I was at, said they chose not to stent my blockages as they were afraid they'd rip the artery due to the 'hardening of the arteries'.  So they did 3 in 2001; one to see if there were any blockages and they did, so had to send me to a larger hospital to have a stent put in, which required another cath.  Then they did another cath procedure to check the carotid arteries, then I had a right sided carotid endarterectomy done.  After that, it was to check when my symptoms had gotten worse, more SOB, angina, etc., another stent, some angioplasties as well, then the 3rd stent, and of course that is when I ended up with the bypass.  And recently another big angina attack and a helicopter ride and another heart cath later, my med's have been some changed, by deletion and adding a stronger nitro dur patch.

I can tell you in most instances the procedure has improved and that the scarring hasn't been too much of an issue, though I do scar very easily.

When you are up against heart disease and you have coronary artery disease, the problems with angina occurring, sometimes the need of another heart cath is there.  It's either that, or...?

Hugs, Teri tongue


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LibbyG
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   Posted 5/7/2005 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   

hi teri,

yup, i understand about the multiple caths and thanks for the thoughts and explanations.  i have had different information about having multiple caths, like an increase in likelihood of scarring, and me just trying to figger out what they're going to do the second (or third or fourth...) time that they didn't do before?  and at what point they say, never mind, let's bypass?  well, you're absolutely right, i'd just as soon have another heart cath as....well, you know!

thanks,

libby


pandacrazy
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   Posted 5/8/2005 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi dwp, no I don't think I did. It was too sore to touch but my doc did and said it felt ok to him. Just keep an eye on it for infection like Teri said.

Hey Teri, my sob and chest/arm/shoulder pain went away since they cut my bp med down. My bp remains low. I still can't remember anything though. I suspect that may be from one of the other meds like the zocor. They are going to have to figure that out because I could lose my job over this and then I won't betaking any meds because I won't have insurance or any money. Barb

Teri16
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   Posted 5/8/2005 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Barb, the low BP and angina can cause some of those problems-not enough oxygen going to the brain can cause some memory problems...that's what my Cardio Dr. just told me the other day, when my BP was 70ish/38-he also said this could cause some of the angina?  So that's why I'm now off my Ace Inhibitor and my Norvasc.  I have to take the Nitro Dur due my constant angina, which this form of Nitro is currently relieving!!  Something is working, cuz I've been basically pain free except for one or two small attacks.

Hope this gives you some new thoughts and/or ideas?!

Hugs, Teri tongue


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pandacrazy
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   Posted 5/9/2005 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teri, I'm going to see about getting rid of that med first and see if it helps. It would be better to stay on the Zocor since it's for cholesterol. We'll see how that works and I guess go from there. The Zocor maybe causing some of my increased stomach problems since the lipitor made my stomach so upset when I tried that. Everything has some lovely side effect to bother us. Barb

LibbyG
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   Posted 5/9/2005 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
hi barb,
tell me about how you're tolerating zocor vs the lipitor.  i was
on vytorin for a bit and it made me SO sick i had to stop.  i'm
a bit worried that i'm not taking any statin at all now.  instead
i'm taking niacin, but i know it can cause it's probs with various
things too.  i think zocor is one-half of a vytorin.  so let me
know how you're doing!  i hope better -
libby

pandacrazy
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   Posted 5/11/2005 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teri and Libby, I think the Zocor maybe causeing some of my increased heartburn. I think it may also be the cause of my memory loss. This thing with my memory is getting really bad. I forgot where to turn the other day when coming home and I've come that way for the last 3 years. That is ridiculous for someone that is only 42. I could see if I was like 80 or something. What kind of problems do you have with the statins Libby? The Lipitor made my stomach hurt so bad and I couldn't eat anything. Is the niacin helping? What kind of problems does it cause? I lowered my cholesterol from 280 down to 187 with just diet and exercise. I eat low fat high fiber diet. I also eat bread with flax in it and put flax in my oat meal. I guess I'm proof that it really works. I don't think I really need a statin since I think all the damage was from when it was so high. I put garlic in alot of stuff too.

Teri my bp was 126/78 yesterday with out any bp med. The nurse said that was a good bp. It was almost always 120/70 over the years. I found out that my sister has high bp. She also smokes and has high cholesterol. Barb

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   Posted 5/11/2005 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go, Barb!!  That's a great BP! 
 
I'll check on the rest and get back to you. 
 
 Hugs, Teri tongue
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Teri16
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   Posted 5/11/2005 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Barb! smurf
 
I've attached a site to Zocor for you to examine.  While some stomach discomfort is possible, it is advised to continue the Zocor-with a bit of time this should go away, if it is the offender.  Do you take it at bedtime with a full glass of water?  Maybe even a graham cracker with it might help.
htm/type_mtm/tgid_15/bn_Zocor/qx/index.htm
 
Re memory problems, Barb, I think we all have a certain amount of problems, depending on age and other health factors.  Forgetting where you put something is a lot different than forgetting your name and where you live.  Check out this site and see if it offers you some info.
 
I hope this offers you and others some help?!  Hugs, Teri tongue
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pandacrazy
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   Posted 5/13/2005 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on the Zocor since January 4th. The memory problems go way beyond forgetting where I put something. I walk a few steps and forget what I was going to do and this is numerous times during the day not just once in a while. I'll be talking and suddenly forget what I was saying and that is not something that happens once in a while it is a daily thing through out the day. I used to be able to multitask at work and home and now can no longer do that. It takes all my concentration just to get through one thing at a time. I was never like this before all the heart meds. Everyone around me has noticed. I'll check out that Zocor site. The company I get my mail order meds from has a wonderful site with all the side effects and everything on them. That is one of the sites I looked at for the toporal. Barb

Teri16
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   Posted 5/13/2005 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Barb, I've had memory problems as well. It seems that some days are worse than others. I have more or less what you have described, however I never conotated it to Med.'s and perhaps that is a thought! I just figured with all my angina and heat attack, stroke, diabetes etc. that Mother Nature was giving my brain a rest sometimes-though it's frustrating.

Let me know what you find out-I'd be very interested in hearing!!

Hugs, Teri :)
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pandacrazy
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   Posted 5/14/2005 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Yours could very well be from all that. I don't have any permanent damage to my heart and my oxygen levels are where they should be so I don't think that is my problem. I'll keep you updated on my progress. Barb
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