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Hoosier73
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   Posted 10/20/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have dilated cardiomyopthy.  A Biventricular Pacmaker and ICD.  I have a EF of 25% and dropping.
 
I have ATF and a blood clot in my heart in the last 3 months.  I also had a gall bladder removed last month.
 
I have never had a heart attack or stroke and have no blockage.
 
Do any of you know of any surgical alternatives (other than transplant)  or are medications the only answer.
 
Thanks

els
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   Posted 10/21/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Hoosier, I am so very sorry for all your going through.  Please know it is so very difficult to give recommendations on these type of situations when everyone is going through different things.  I know surgical options are not always the most appealing answer but I have to wonder what your doctor or cardiologist have suggested to you regarding this topic?  Have you brought your thoughts and concerns to them?

I most certainly would and follow their advice as it does seem that you have so many medical issues going on that it could be extremely harmful for you if you didnt otherwise.  Please do keep us updated and know we are always here for suggestions and support if you need it.  Take care


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Hoosier73
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   Posted 10/21/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Elisha!
 
In my situation would it be wise to seek a second opinion?
 
Do cardiologists generally take this second opion route as an insult?
 
Thanks!

els
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   Posted 10/21/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Hoosier, Actually we have a bit in common I have Sick Sinus Syndrome & Bradycardia for which I had to get a dual lead pacemaker in September 2005.  I am now 34 yrs old.  My Cardiologist is completely wonderful and one whom I trust greatly...my mother has seen his partner for years but, when I became sick and was in the hospital we did seek a second opinion.  My cardiologist encouraged this really as he didnt want me to later have doubts about it, I guess because I was so young...I dont know.

In my view you should seek second and even third opinions if you have doubts since this is your health, body and your the one who has to live with what the out come may be.  You need to be the one to come to terms with your decisions and know you have made an informed one, so if you only have one educated opinion on what to do then it may not always be the best one to make.  If that makes any sense.


Elisha
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Hoosier73
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   Posted 10/21/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Elisha,
 
Thanks for you advice and support!

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 10/28/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Any reputable doctor values several opinions.   It's in their best interest and certainly yours.   Keep up the search and hope for the best.
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