If anyone could shed some assistance my entire family would be ever so greatful! My father, who has suffered from congestive Heart failure most of his adult life, is now entering the critical stages. He had corotid artery surgery and triple bypass ten years ago and has been doing fairly well. He takes good care to exercise daily, although he is too thin! the doctors are consistantly telling him to eat more fat, but he just will NOT. We understand this is an issue and we are constantly on it! However, He also has a leaky heart valve which during this entire phase from bypass until now, it has remained mild to moderate.
Just recently on a trip to the CArdiologist, he was informed his function/capacity of the heart has decreased significantly and if test show (TEE and Angiogram) that there is no blockage then an implant of defib/pacemaker would be in his best interest as his function is now thought to be at 20%. This is not exactly evident in his daily lifestyle as he is always walking, biking or going on vacation. After all the tests he underwent this week, based on the CHF they will not be able to do a valve replacement. My dad has severe issues with anxiety and fear. Although a very religious man, he can not shed the fear. He does not do well after any type of anesthetic and the procedures he underwent (TEE and Angiogram) just this week are a grand example. The doctors really want him to have the implant but he does not even want to discuss it. Im wondering if anyone has any information they can share that we can help him make a better informed decision.
At this point we will take whatever advice anyone could share with us! I would really appreciate any type of feedback.
Thanks for reaching out if you are able to. This has been a very disturbing week!