Cardiac Syndrome X (not Metabolic Syndrome X)

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pegleg
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 4/19/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have this disease?  It affects the small arteries of the heart?  I've had 2 heart caths which showed clear coronary artery (normal cholesterol).  In April 2006, normal cholesterol; in November 2006 cholesterol became high (no change in diet -- cardiac diet -- same exercise) and I had a heart cath which showed coronary artery disease.  Another cath was done in December with angioplasty & stent.  I felt like a new person!  But now, I'm having problems again (also have white matter disease -- brain).  A week after my December heart cath I started having TIAs.  They've lessened, but still have small ones almost constantly.  I'm scheduled to have another cath done in a couple of weeks --- I'm not scared of the cath, but I'm terrified that I may have a stroke or more severe TIAs.  Has anyone had this problem?  Thanks for any input you can give.  I'm 52 yrs old, 5'4", weigh 128, exercise & look in perfect health.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/20/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello

I am Kitt.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms of a TIA disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and difficulty with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.

The loss of blood flow to the brain can be caused by:

  • Narrowing of a blood vessel
  • Blood clot within an artery of the brain
  • Blood clot that travels to the brain from somewhere else in the body (for example, the heart)
  • Injury to blood vessels

I think you have a right to be concerned about a stroke but there are new drugs and new treatments.  Interventional Radiology is making great strides in intervening during a stroke much like cardiac caths for heart attacks.

The time factor is very important for strokes and the need to present to an emergency room promptly may save many people from permanent brain damage.

Keep posting yeah
 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 


pegleg
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 4/21/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kitt:  Thanks for your reply.  I work in the med field (respiratory therapist/asthma instructor) and am very familiar w/strokes & TIAs (unfortunately from both prefessional & pt sides).  I was just wondering if anyone else ever had the same problems as I do.  This will be my 5th cath & it doesn't really scare me, but the TIAs I have had following my last cath have me concerned about what the next cath will do.  I'm afraid instead of TIAs it will become a stroke.  I have a neuro condition also called White Matter Disease (progressive) ... not MS, but caused by BP not being able to be controlled & heart arrythmias.  I was also told my vascular system is not what it should be.  Heredity played a HUGE part in my health, so everyone out there ... learn your med hx if you don't already know it.  Thanks again for your input. yeah

els
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   Posted 4/22/2007 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...

Hello

I am Kitt.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms of a TIA disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and difficulty with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.

The loss of blood flow to the brain can be caused by:

  • Narrowing of a blood vessel
  • Blood clot within an artery of the brain
  • Blood clot that travels to the brain from somewhere else in the body (for example, the heart)
  • Injury to blood vessels

I think you have a right to be concerned about a stroke but there are new drugs and new treatments.  Interventional Radiology is making great strides in intervening during a stroke much like cardiac caths for heart attacks.

The time factor is very important for strokes and the need to present to an emergency room promptly may save many people from permanent brain damage.

Keep posting yeah

Hey Kitt,  I cant help but notice here that most of your input/posts is like reading out of a medical book.  So, if you are getting this material from some other place then it is copyrighted and it is against healing well's rules to post it without getting the entity's permission (rule #8).  If you are getting the information from the internet then you can simply post the link and let the member decide if they want to read it.

If this is your own words then I appolige but, I would like to clear this up.  This site is for offering mutual personal support.  Yes, a lot of members come here looking for someone who may have an illness similiar to theirs or who can share like diagnosis.  What you will find most especially with any heart patient is that they become very well versed in the medical field and what is going on with their body. 

Thank you


Elisha
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