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Old 03-10-06, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by free_pizza
i think i read somewhere that CT scans have 200 times the radiation that X-rays do, ive had 1 CT scan, tons of x-rays.

unfortunatlyi think we are a lot more than 50 years away.
I am hoping 50 years Because then it might just be soon enough to do me some good If i've managed to hang on for that long.
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I know I'm late, but there's a big difference between an angiogram (sticking sensors on your skin near your heart to a machine that displays your heartbeat) and an angioplasty (using a small inflatable "balloon" to a catheter to push a larger pathway for blood flow into the blockage). An angiogram is no more dangerous that attaching a heart-rate monitor. It is relatively inexpensive, but will only reveal rhythm irregulatities. Angioplasty requires surgery. The surgery is like arthroscopy (small incision), and isn't that dangerous in itself. The risk is that if the placque is knocked free might act like a blot clot (which is sort of is). Obviously, surgery is more expensive, and it requires other diagnostics before being performed so the surgeon will know exactly where the blockage(s) is/are.

The other diagnostic tool that I haven't seen mentioned here, is a stress test. That might not have detected mac's father's condition either - but then again, there's a chance it would have.

Glad to know he's ok. I lost my dad to stroke in December. If he had let us know he was supposed to be taking blood pressure medication, he'd probably be itching to play golf today.

(No. I'm not a doctor, don't play one on television, and I haven't spent the night at a Holiday Inn Express for a couple months. I just know what these things are.)
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Great news, mac!
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Mac, I understand your rant, but like others have said, you're lucky. My dad was 64 and on a business trip. He was leaving the site of his appointment and the security guard looked up a few minutes later and his vehicle was crashed against a fence and he was gone. The part that really pisses me off is that he had just had a stress test a few weeks before and had been given a clean bill of health. On the hand, the last time I saw him, it was a surprise visit and he played with my kids and when he left, he kissed, hugged and told me that he loved me. I consider that my greatest gift. Consider this 2nd chance yours. God Bless you and your father.
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Trust me, I know how much cardiac conditions can suck. They can suck even more if you think no one else knows or understands what you are going through. If your father feels that way or wants some guidance on what to do know you can direct him to my intro topic in my sig.

Other than that there is nothing I can really add that has not been said already by so many other posters other than I am happy to hear that he survived roughly unscathed. Please take my advice; life is short (more so for some than for others) so take this opportunity to enjoy being together with him while you can.
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