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JoeR
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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 7/10/2014 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
New here. I have had CAD since 2000. I always test negative on the thallium stress test, yet my 1st stent I have 95% blockage in the LCA, then a stent RCA and 1 in my circumflex.
Feb 2014 had a stress (negative) and an echo-cardio (neg). 10 days later I had a CVA (TIA); went in for a TEE and they found a hole in my heart.
1st- Should this not have been found in 14 years of test and stents if I had one? or 2. Could this have been caused by the Doctor doing the heart catheter this last time, or shouldn't it have been caught by him? 3. Could I have gotten one now at 56 in my life?
They want to try to close it with the umbrellas on the 28th, hopefully by a catheter. He said I would feel like a chicken bone is caught in my chest for a few weeks, but if up to it can go back to work the next day.
Has anyone had this done, and what was your results?
Are my expectations too high at going back to work?
jr

Post Edited (JoeR) : 7/10/2014 6:25:49 PM (GMT-6)


pvct
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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 7/11/2014 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Joe

welcome to the forum. I have CAD in the RCA.
discovered by cath in 2003. No stent used, for I had 100% well formed large collaterals to supply the RCA. That is also why I have been taking Ramipril 10 mg daily for the last 11 years (per HOPE study) in combination with Lopressor 25 mg twice daily. So everytime a get a long period of PVCs, I have to get checked usually with echo cardiograms, and a nuclear thalium stress test to make sure there are no additional blockages, and that the collaterals are still doing the job for the RCA. I hope you do well, and there are alot of well informed people here that will be supportive to you. best of luck to you. :-)

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 7/12/2014 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
wishing you all the best. my med terminology and understanding is not the best, albeit i am on the mend and am doing much better. heart attack late jan. c.a.b.g. (double) done feb. valentines day of all days. am all heart!!! lol.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

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pvct
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   Posted 7/12/2014 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
To the Happy Turtle,

Likewise, I wish you well. I admire your positive vibe.
smurf
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