Hello Mrs. Delta :)
Geeze you have been through the mill, as we say in Bammyland. G-d bless you some more please!
Your experiences in the horsepistol sound so familiar :) You stayed on that hard, cold table a long time! Yes I think the Ole Master may have been in charge during your procedure. Probably mine too. I came real close to getting a scar, like you have, running down your chest. That table gave me a backache I tell you.
I hope that you are doing well today :) I am full of smiles, just because I woke up again this morning. We had stormy weather yesterday but it just didn't bother me....Bet you had some too...
Pleeze stop the habit now! Ok? I am trying so hard to quit smoking. I actually stopped for 5 full days, or more. I broke down and have smoked only a few, but I will stop I know. You might say "yeah, when they plant you", ha ha ha, but I think before :)
I was googling "smoking after heart disease" or something like that, and found an article entitled "surgery to stop smoking". I thought, cool I'll have that surgery. I was thinking maybe it was something like a mini-lobotomy...Well it turned out to show that after any surgery, all the anesthesias and drugs generally given, get you through nicotine withdrawal really well. It makes quitting smoking easy!
I also found an article about statistics on long time smokers with chronic heart disease showing a group that had quit smoking after being diagnosed, and a group that continued smoking, after being diagnosed. I guess the researchers were trying to answer this question; "Is The Damage Already Done, After Many Years of Smoking?" Well the data shows that the smarter of the 2 groups had a better chance for survival. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarette smoke attack our arteries causing arteriosclerosis, which causes them to constrict, get smaller and harder. I will find the article for you if you like, as for now I am wishing you the best of health
Congratulations on surviving :) and now lets try to get that EF up about 35 points, to 50! Your heart muscle has a much better blood supply, so try to exercise some, but only as you can. You are a professional and I know you understand that. I have exercised for the past 2 days, but I will rest today. I wanna keep these stents open, and I am motivated to stop smoking so I can stop hospitals visits!!!! I have averaged one cath every 6 months for the past (almost) 3 years.