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hope3
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   Posted 4/24/2006 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to clear up a misunderstanding on my part about my heart disease. I went to my cardiologist today and was told I have stage4 Angina, not stage 4 heart failure. This was very good news for me to hear, but I feel bad that I misunderstood what the doctor said. I just wanted to be honest with everyone on this forum about my condition.I also would like to apologize for my stupididty.lol. Also, he did say that a heart transplant would be an option for me,so I wasnt wrong about that! I have to have another catherization next week to find out why Im having so much angina. He said he would discuss my options, if there are any, besides a heart transplant after he has seen the results. I was also told that I am at very high risk for a second heart attack. But I am trying to think positive about all of this. I thought I had a time limit of 1 year or less to live,but fortunately this is not necessarily the case. The cardiologist explained that he cannot give me a time limit on CAD, I could have 1 final heart attack anytime or i could live a long time. It is really all in Gods hands! I am still against having a heart transplant, but if there is anything else they can do for me I would be willing to try to extend my life. Well I just wanted to clear this up, I dont want to give false information.
 
~Wanda~


 

Post Edited (hope3) : 4/27/2006 10:17:23 AM (GMT-6)


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 4/24/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  OH HOPE, WE ARE ALL JUST SO HAPPY THAT IT ISN'T AS SEVERE.you silly girl, what you do have is still super significant and we will be here for all of it.  i know everyone will write and tell you the same, we are all happy for any good news(although as i said this is not quite as good as hearing you are going to live til 80).it all still sounds scary, are you feeling safer now?? or were you just sorry you gave the wrong diagnosis, in any event noone will think a thing of it.  later xoxoxo

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   Posted 4/24/2006 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Wanda,

This is WONDERFUL news! :-) :-) I am very happy for you! It must be a relief. You have NOTHING, absolutely nothing to apologize for!!!!! I mean I know it is still very serious but I think it is better news than before!!!!!!Do let us know what he says after the cath. I hope it goes well and shows some positive news. God Bless and Do Not feel bad. It isn't good for you heart. tongue And we want you around for a long, long time! yeah


els
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   Posted 4/25/2006 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanda, You have no need to apologize for anything at all.  It is so easy to get diagnoses confused and mixed up when you are dealing with so many medical problems and issues as we all are.  It is completely understandable.  I think your are a wonderful lady and very strong willed.  What the doctors tell you are mostly just estimates or educated guesses I am sure that you will prove them all wrong...hang in there....Hugs :-)


hope3
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   Posted 4/26/2006 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for understanding. I wanted to let everyone know that I am having my angiogram(cath) done tuesday morning. I am hoping to hear some good news. I will let everyone know how it turns out. Thanks again for everyone being so nice!



~Wanda~
 


els
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   Posted 4/27/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you hear some good news too Wanda...you need it.  Let us know....Hugs

hope3
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   Posted 5/3/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, I had my surgery yesterday. I had a 90%blockage in one artery. The Dr. was able to do an angioplasty.(put a ballon in). That was the only blockage I had, so I am very thankful for that. I feel fine.
Thank you everyone for your kind words and prayers. I dont think I need that third opinion since I know what was causing me to have so much angina. And that they were able to fix the problem.God Bless You All!


























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hope3
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   Posted 5/4/2006 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I also wanted to add that all these years that Ive had this disease the Dr. has always said that my arterys were too tiny for a stint or balloon. And now he used a balloon to fix my artery. Im grateful that it could be fixed, but on my next appointment Im going to ask him why he was able to use this method. I feel very fortunate that the artery could be fixed in this way, but Im also confused since he has said it couldnt be done. If anyone has had this procedure done, I would appreciate any information you could give me. I dont know much about this kind of operation and I have alot of questions about it. Thank You!
 


els
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   Posted 5/4/2006 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful news Wanda!!  I hope this makes a world of differance in how you feel.

hope3
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   Posted 5/4/2006 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you els. I do feel a difference already. I was having so much chest pain before the surgery, and now I dont have it as often. I think I was close to having another heart attack before the surgery. Im so thankful the Dr. could do something to help me. Now I need to quit smoking, any advice anyone could give me? I know its just stupid of me to keep smoking with what I have. Ive tried to quit several times but always go back to smoking. The Dr. is putting me on wellbutrin and told me to use the patch to help me quit. I hope I can do it this time.
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/5/2006 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi hope3, well that is quite a shocker. let me ask you once more, are you taking any statins? i am curious about that.  owo, things just sort of seem to progress no matter huh?!

hope3
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   Posted 5/5/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Dreamgirl, I dont know what you mean by statins.But I will give you the list of medicines I am on.
zoloft,klonopin,levothyroxin,zocor,metoprolol,isosorbide,ranexa,nexium,wellbutron,aspirin. Yes the blockages do seem to happen no matter what. I guess thats what genetics does. Im hoping not to have any more for a long time though.
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/7/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  yes you are on a statin, Zocor. i was just curious as i thought that would protect you from new blockages, i do not feel so bad now that i cannot tolerate them. The list of meds you are on is staggering, i am surprized you can walk around, you have a high tolerance i guess, god blwss you and thanks for responding.

wheredidigo
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   Posted 5/7/2006 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hope3,
glad your surgery is out of the way and hope your recovery nicely:) Im new to the heart problems but as far as the quitting smoking,,,,,,i smoke for over 20 yrs,and when someone would mention me quitting,id look them in the eyes and say,,,,NEVER,,,NEVER will i put them down,,,i quit last july 15th,,,just woke up one morning and said,thats it,im quitting,made up my mind no longer was i gonna pay outrageous prices for killing myself. No one could believe me,,,,but i put em down and never touched them again, I keep my old cig case around,as a reminder of how much cigs controlled my life...after just a few days,i noticed how good my hair smelled,,,,at the end of the day,,then i stopped coughing every morning,,,then i notice how much more money i had at the end of the week,,,,so i have 2 bits of advice for you,,,quit for because you KNOW you ll feel better,,and when you do put them down,reward yourself with a shoppin trip after each week ya dont smoke,,,pretty soon you ll be proud of yourself for putting them down,have more in your wardrobe,and be a whole lot healthier:) good luck
trish

hope3
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   Posted 5/8/2006 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies, its nice to know people care! I hope I can be as successful as you have been with quitting smoking trish. Its going to be a real struggle for me since I have depression and anxiety, When I try to quit, my anxiety hits the roof. I know, there really isnt a good excuse to not quit smoking,but I tried!And trust me I will go on those shopping trips if I can succeed. God Bless You All!
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/11/2006 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  just wanted to say hi hope 3. i was reading about your smoking and anxiety kicking in if you try to stop,  i never would have been able to relate but a few days ago i tried to stop taking ativan(i am only on 1/2 mg daily ) lordy lordy i whimped out after one day  those withdrawals are a bummer. so now that i am addicted to something for the first time in my life i can understand why people do not want to face that nasty music. if i had smoked my whole life that has to be excruciatingly tuff.
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