My cardiologist didn't find anything "remarkable" with my angiogram yesterday except for my septal defect the VSD. So he is saying that my chest pain and shortness of breath is caused by my MSA as these are possible with the disease. I am rather disappointed as I kind of hoping he would find something and be able to fix it, now I know I have to just live with it and it is sort of a daunting thought for me.
Hey youngin :) I am so glad to hear all went well, but am sad to know that you will "just have to live with chest pain and SOB." This could change, you know. Medical miracles come along due to research, and you could very well get relief. I am so amazed at what they can now do to repair the heart and arteries.
I will have to read about your septal defect (VSD), and the MSA. You described it once but I know I couldn't find it. I received soo much of the amnesia drug, during the 2 caths I had in 5 days; my memory is shot, lol. It's funny that I totally remember the procedures but have forgot many things that occurred around that time, at home and all. I hope that it is only temporary.
I can really relate with you on eternal chest pain and maybe not so much SOB, but fatigue. I started having angina about a day and a half ago, even though I take timed released nitroglycerin every night. I don't know what is causing it. I have googled the entire net on possible causes, after the rotoblation and stent procedure. The acorn shaped, diamond tipped cutter/apparatus came apart and had to be retrieved while being in the beginning of my Lad. They tend to be aggressive in trying to retrieve any parts that break or become separated and lodge somewhere in the artery. The only other option is to do bypass surgery to retrieve the foreign object. Some are actually left inside! They cause trouble soon after the procedure....
I know that I may sound pessimistic, but whatever is happening to me, is troublesome. I am so tired of hospitals and coronary artery disease (CAD)! I know that I am not alone in feeling that way. I'll bet Delta feels this way too :)
I slept most all of yesterday and all night. I stopped the Vytorin. I didn't take it last night. I'm sure it is hurting me, and if I were to continue taking it, I would be in the hospital. I have been told by several doctors that the reason you stop any statin that causes "unexplained muscle pain", is that the muscle it affects can be the heart. I have never had angina from taking statins before. This is a new one for me to try, and it might be the source of my angina and bad flu like symptoms, or total fatigue. I surely hope so, because it will all go away.
I could have a blood clot. A tool could have been left inside of me. Something is causing my heart muscle to not receive enough blood. WHEW, I have been reading the net too much, haven't I?
I requested my medical records from UAB, through my home town cardiologist last week. They should be here by now. My doc only had a very short explanation of the procedure done at UAB. I also read that UAB has a very low rating, when compared to other hospitals, in the area of mortality after a stenting procedure. I hope it is because they are a teaching university.
What is your EF (ejection fraction)? This can tell you how badly the septal defect is affecting the overall performance of your heart, as a pump. I will read up on VSD :) Where is Erskine when you need him? Lol....
Sorry to be so long and drawn out. I hope you are feeling the very best you can and congrats on another successful cath and repair :)
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