Posted 8/13/2017 10:01 AM (GMT -6)
I am looking at my first ohs soon to replace my aortic valve and fix a 5cm root aneurysm. During the work up last week I had my angiogram which came out very well. At 46 my cardiologist said I had the arteries of a 25 year old, which was very surprising as my family history is filled with coronary artery disease. I had an EF of 65%, good pressure, everything looked great.
Well this morning I looked up e actual test results, and saw my EKG test online that I took right before the angiogram (had an echo a month ago when they found my valve and aneurysm, which was otherwise normal). Anyway to my shock the cardiologist wrote that I had had a previous septal mydichardial infarction of undetermined time. So at some point the EKG says I had a septal heart attack, but I have no memory of it, no symptoms and my cardiologist never even mentioned it to me, and he signed the test prior to my angiogram. He did not mention it at all during the talk we had after the angiogram when I was in recovery, he said everything looked great.
Is it safe to write this off and bad leads on an EKG do you think? My heart seems pretty healthy other than the bicuspid valve and aneurysm. I will call my cardiologist, obviously.
What has been your experience with old undiscovered heart attacks? Is there any sense in trying to treat it? Assuming it was genuine of course? Or if I had one, the damage is done and drive on, especially since it doesn't seem to be causing me hassle at all.
Finally, my main worry was that it would stall or prevent my surgery. Many others getting aneurysm repairs seem to contradict that and say it did not interfere with their surgery.
Would love to hear from others who have gone through anything like this. To me the idea I had a heart attack was a rude awakening and quite a shock.
Any survivors of silent heart attacks out there? What steps did you take to avoid further heart issues?