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pegleg
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/18/2006 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm fairly new to the site and definitely new to the site with a diagnosis of CAD.  confused    You could have knocked me over w/feather!  I eat right (128 lbs 5'4"), exercise, etc.  NEVER thought it could happen to me since the last 2 caths I had the coronary artery was completely clear.  MD said apparently hereditary.  Anyone out there w/this diagnosis?

hope3
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   Posted 11/29/2006 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi pegleg! I'm sorry to hear about your diagnoses. I was diagnosed with CAD in 2002. I weighed 130 lbs and I'm 5'2. I was 44 when I had a heart attack. I had to have quad. bypass surgery for 5 blockages. One a was 100% blocked and grew its own passage ways to my heart, so they didnt have to fix that one. I was told mine is hereditary too. Both of my parents have died from heart attacks and my grandparents,aunts,uncles,etc. I was also shocked to hear that I had a heart attack, I thought I was having severe anxiety. Unfortunately my health has went downhill since then. I've had 7 caths and one balloon placed so far. But it doesnt mean that you will have the same outcome. I wish you all the best! If you have any questions about this disease I would be glad to try and answer them for you, as i have had alot of experience with it. lol! Keep your spirits up and never give up hope!

Wanda
 


pegleg
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   Posted 11/30/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Hope3: Thanks for your input. I go back to see my cardiologist Wednesday. My arrythmias were hitting too bad and the blkg was only 60%, so he didn't do the angioplasty/stent on the 16th. My hr & bp are back to normal, but the chest squeezing & pain between the shoulder blades are really hard when I move around a lot. He said that it looks like we may have to go back & do it anyway. I started eating oatmeal every day to help lower my cholesterol along with Toprol XL. I'm a respiratory therapist & familiar w/the human body. I also have periventricular leukomalacia (lack of O2 causing areas of the brain to die & not regenerate). I'm terrified that if they don't fix the heart problem, that it's going to again cause more damage. The symptoms mimic MS, but the symptoms don't go into remission. I haven't been able to work since May 30, 2006. I put in for Disability, but was turned down ... they said since I have a college education, I should be able to find work. It's hard to work when your balance is off and your cognitive thinking goes haywire at time. Did you have any other problems when you were having heart problems? Thanks for your input.

hope3
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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 216
   Posted 12/3/2006 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi pegleg! Sorry it took so long to reply. I didnt have any health problems that I was aware of when I had my heart attack. But since then I've had a few health problems. I also put in disablity for anxiety twice and was turned down because they said it wasnt severe enough to qualify. But after I had heart problems I tried again and I got disability for my heart. I've been on it for 5 yrs. now. I'm sorry they turned you down. Keep trying sometimes it takes a while to get it,plus I got a lawyer the third time, I'm sure that helped alot.I wsh you all the luck and I hope your tests come back ok.
 


DREAMGIRL
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 600
   Posted 12/8/2006 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   

:-)  hi to both of you ladies. peg leg  hang in there, same thing happened to me . sounds like the same back pain i feel.  right now the pain is about a level 9 between my shoulders, but they have never said it was caused by my heart.  i think it is mostly stress related.no matter it is pretty bad, i just want you to know not to worry that it is heart related.  hi hope 3  been a long time since i have been here.  i have been doing good so far. no new diagnosis at theis time

 


pegleg
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 12/9/2006 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Dreamgirl: Thanks for your input. I'm going back in for another cath on 12-13-06 (Wed) to correct the problem that my heart's electrical problem wouldn't let them fix the last time (11-15-06). As long as I sit still, I have no problems, but moving around and doing housework causes the CAD to really act up. I should be a lot better after the cath ... they are doing an atherectomy (shaving plaque instead of balloon ... mine is not in a position for the balloon) and stent. It's funny that they are having so much about stents when I'm going in for one. It shouldn't be a problem though since only one coronary artery is affected and I'm already on Coumadin for A-fib. I also meet w/my Neurologist on Monday ... I have periventricular leukomalacia (rare in adults, but not in premature infants ... caused by high BP, etc ... gray areas become white matter in the brain) and microvascular disease. At least I have an excuse when I can't find something. ha ha I never thought I would find myself eating oatmeal and liking it, but now I do and actually miss it if I don't have it for breakfast! Hopefully between oatmeal and Vytorin, my cholesterol is back down. In April I had normal cholesterol and a cath 2 yrs ago showed completely clear coronary arteries. Mine is heredity, so if you have had a cath in the past that was clear & you have a fam hx of CAD, BEWARE! Thanks again for input & especially the support.
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