Reading up on Cath/stents, normally they do not stent unless it is 70% or more. This Stent doctor told us the % of blockage is in the eyes of the beholder! One doctor may say 40%...One may say 50%, one says 60%. I have the drawing of the Cath in December and the area they claimed they stented was CLEAR in December. When I questioned the cath doctor on this last week , he lifted up his pencil and asked me how long I thought the pencil was. I said, 6". he said, "no it is 7". Hubby guessed 5 1/2".
Now on the Heparin. What I am interrupting on the Heparin is this, "if they use the area where the Heparin is dripping into the vein to get blood for various blood work, this area could cause errors in heart enzyme readings. This should all be documented in the nurses notes of which I have not received yet. But, I know I had 4-5 high readings (have not seen all the lab results reports yet, either) The time on these reports are also important as I remember once, the nurse taking blood from that Heparin site when she could not get a good vein on the other arm but looking back and racking my brain, I remember them also getting a good vein at various times and being told the Troponin level numbers. They removed the Heparin just before the Cath and did not hook it back up. Two more sets of blood were taken after that. (waiting to see reports) So, this is a grey area also as to what is truth and what is fiction. The verdict is still out till I can see the blood reports and time listed.
I have an e-mail into one of the cardio doctors that wrote articles on Tropinin for his understanding on this. I received a reply back that this cardiologist is out of town and shall return on the `13th of June so hopefully I will hear back soon.
I am also waiting to see EKG reports. I did know in the ER room that the ER doctor stated the EKG showed A-fib but he never mentioned that it showed UA/NSTSMI. He never mentioned the words, "heart attack" unless they are not suppose to.
Back to the Cath doctor. Most of our questions were answered with, "heart disease is a grey area".