Blue Angel, I fell off the threadmill in cardiac rehab and developed a staph infection and tore a cartilage in my knee. This almost 15 months ago and am unable to have surgery as I have had stents placed three times now and each time it prolongs the Plavix until the lastest information came out in April about those with drug eluting stents should be on Plavix indefinately. I was not happy when I read and was told this. My Orthopedic wants me off Plavix for 7 days before surgery and 5 days after surgery thus making it 12 days with no Plavix and one of the cardio's is having a come apart to the length of time I would have to be off Plavix. I have 5 stents and he said it is too many to close up. I think perhaps if I had one stent he would rethink this.
Prior to knee surgery (if and when) I will be on injectible Lovenox for a few days and then the same for about 7-10 days after surgery. Knee, Hip and Pelvic surgeries sprout blood clots so they are concerend about this also.
I think it is very common to be depressed when any one faces a life threatening illness. There is a mini support group here for those 50 and older. (well actually anyone can attend but those attending are over 50) Over the hillers I call us. but then again the majority of CAD patients are over 50.
Connie, my former cardiologist left Texas and went to Mayo Scottsdale. I have e-mailed this doctor and would love to go to Mayo there. I asked my doctor here who use to work with this doctor, to call and consult and he will not do it. It is all about EGO and getting panties in a wad. I would hop a plane tomorrow to go there and see my former doctor but then there is no one here to work with this doctor. Then there is another one at Mayo in Rochester that some ladies have told me about also. Decisions Decisions. My father died at 39 of heart disease so I have a genetic condition...Small Vessel disease and I have had 2 heart attacks. If the Mayo, Scottsdale doctor was still here, I would not be in the condition, I am now.
I have rambled long enough. Have a pleasant week-end to all.
Post Edited (Ellie2) : 8/4/2006 8:48:23 PM (GMT-6)