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Old 02-27-15, 12:51 PM
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Need Foo power too

Tom needs it more than I so if you all can send some left over foo power my way I could use some.

For the past 4-5 weeks,I have been feeling like crap off and on.

Mostly sore throat with periodic jaw pain. In pretty good shape, average 2k miles a year never any issues. Really felt like crap yesterday so decided to see the Doc. Long story short sitting here in the hospital recovering from a mild heart attack.

Bad nqews is I have a blockage. Good news it should be able to be treated by meds. If all works perfectly the meds will clear the blockage. Plan B would be a stint so all not lost there either.

So some too prays please that meds do their stuff!
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Best wishes for no stent needed.

But I believe that the meds are only to break up the clot and relieve the immediate issue, but don't address the long term issue of narrowing of the arteries due to plaque. So even if the meds work, don't be too surprised or disappointed if they do an angiogram and recommend a stent anyway.
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I can share my foo power with you too.
Check out the effectiveness of stents, they're not the answer that many think they are.
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Take care of yourself spinnaker. Make sure you are talking to an expert. Sending foo power!
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Sending good thoughts to you, Spinnaker! Get better soon.
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Prayers for you, foo-boy. All the best.
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You're on the list...this could have been a blessing that it was caught at this stage
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Best wishes for no stint needed.

But I believe that the meds are only to break up the clot and relieve the immediate issue, but don't address the long term issue of narrowing of the arteries due to plaque. So even if the meds work, don't be too surprised or disappointed if they do an angiogram and recommend a stint anyway.
Ditto. And it's "stent".

FWIW: my day job is working in big-city hospital. They're really good at detecting and relieving blockages and potential blockages. Most stent placements are done in an hour or two, but you might need overnight recovery. It's pretty routine stuff nowadays.
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Thanks everyone. Just checking in and letting you all know I am still kicking.

Still in the hospital bbut feeling a little better now. Had a headache since I got here but that is gone for now.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Thanks everyone. Just checking in and letting you all know I am still kicking.

Still in the hospital but feeling a little better now. Had a headache since I got here but that is gone for now.
Good to hear.
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Well I am out. Not feeling so hot. All these new med I guess.

I nearly had another heart attack getting my bill. $240! One item alone Renexa is $230! Have about 8 in total.
I am going to try to go to the Cleveland clinic this week or early next to see if there are alternatives. I do not want to have to take a whole pharmacy of drugs.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Well I am out. Not feeling so hot. All these new med I guess.

I nearly had another heart attack getting my bill. $240! One item alone Renexa is $230! Have about 8 in total.
I am going to try to go to the Cleveland clinic this week or early next to see if there are alternatives. I do not want to have to take a whole pharmacy of drugs.
Did you slip a digit or two?or am I missing something? Anyway there are often lower cost versions of many of these drugs, and if you tell the doc, he can usually make some changes without compromising the benefit. Then most of the pricey brand name drugs have programs for those whose insurance won't cover them, so you can get them cheaper or even free in some cases. Go to the company sites and check into options.

Of course, you want to get off them, and that should remain a goal. But it's a process of getting stable and strong again, then maintaining a steady effort of working with docs to see if lowering doses is possible, to the point that you're off them completely of on lower doses of fewer meds. Some docs are very cooperative with patients who want to be on minimal meds, but many aren't so you have to maintain steady pressure and find a doctor who can honestly advise what's safe and which meds are truly musts.
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I for sure need to talk to someone else. Those docs at that hospital never listened to me.

First off I never really had chest pain. Well I did but told them it is a one on a scale from one to ten. The level of pain where you have to think about it to feel it and then you are not sure if it is really there or you are imagining it. I told them this when I was admitted. Ranexa is for chest pain! While I seem to have less constant the pain right this minute (but took Ibprophen a couple hours ago) I still have pain at that same level as then I when in.

Also they bumped my Atorvastatin from 10mg a day to 80mg. I have been having lets say "bathroom" issues. Wondering why they bumped my Atorvastatin so high when my cholesterol bumps up above ideal when I get lazy and don't watch my diet but never been supre high. The good news is that there is some research that suggests high doses of cholesterol will reverse plaque in the veins. The bad new is that Atorvastatin can create "bathroom issues". When I asked the nurse practitioner about the side effects of the drugs I was taking, she said none could cause those issues and said it was probably the medicine they gave me 2 nights previous for the exact opposite issue. Which I have taken before and always out of my system the next day.


My plan is to try and get to the Cleveland clinic this week for a second opinion on the course of action. My worry is my insurance giving me an issue of going elsewhere.

There were other times in my course of treatment where I mentioned one thing or another and it seemed like they were not listening.
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Best wishes.

Stent placement isn't terribly invasive - I have two (so far). Based on what you've said, I really don't understand the treatment plan prescribed. But I do have to disagree with the "easy to detect" comment - I passed a stress test with 100% blockage once.

One thing that is commonly misunderstood is the difference between Angina and a Heart Attack. The latter is defined by permanent heart damage. For my first episode, there was no warning and quite a bit of confusion at the ER (me being relatively fit and active at the time) which led to a delayed diagnosis. It turned out to be a widowmaker and the bottom of my heart has been dead for years. In the second episode - about ten years later, it took me six months to convince a cardiologist that my Angina symptoms were actually my heart. Passing the stress test didn't help. It required a cath to find the problem and there was no second heart attack diagnosed.

Yes, a second opinion would be valuable. Get the rest prescribed and keep the angina meds handy (I assume they gave you nitro).
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Best wishes.

Stent placement isn't terribly invasive - I have two (so far). Based on what you've said, I really don't understand the treatment plan prescribed. But I do have to disagree with the "easy to detect" comment - I passed a stress test with 100% blockage once.

One thing that is commonly misunderstood is the difference between Angina and a Heart Attack. The latter is defined by permanent heart damage. For my first episode, there was no warning and quite a bit of confusion at the ER (me being relatively fit and active at the time) which led to a delayed diagnosis. It turned out to be a widowmaker and the bottom of my heart has been dead for years. In the second episode - about ten years later, it took me six months to convince a cardiologist that my Angina symptoms were actually my heart. Passing the stress test didn't help. It required a cath to find the problem and there was no second heart attack diagnosed.

Yes, a second opinion would be valuable. Get the rest prescribed and keep the angina meds handy (I assume they gave you nitro).

If you had issue for that long then I assume you had a total blockage by then?

That is my worry that there is a total blockage but been doing some research and stents can still be successfully performed.
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Prayers for you as well ---- I'm just a year from placement of 4 stents in the left side of my heart, and feel better than ever...... If I could just get rid of those beta blockers, I would have more stamina...... But they are helping keep my healthy.....

I passed 3 stress tests with 3 95-99% blockages, and one 75% blockage...... luckily the docs listened to my complaints, and did the angiogram.... because what I was telling them was exactly opposite what all of the tests were telling them.

The Cardiac Cath Lab confirmed my complaints with the angiogram, and the stents were in when I got off the table. I felt better instantly! Home the next day, less than 24 hrs later

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If you had issue for that long then I assume you had a total blockage by then?

That is my worry that there is a total blockage but been doing some research and stents can still be successfully performed.
The first one came on suddenly and painfully. That was 100% blockage of the Left Anterior Decending artery. The second seemed to ease in, causing fatigue and angina. The reason there was no damage was due to coronary collateralization.
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The first one came on suddenly and painfully. That was 100% blockage of the Left Anterior Decending artery. The second seemed to ease in, causing fatigue and angina. The reason there was no damage was due to coronary collateralization.
Yes I have coronary collateralization too.

But were you totally blocked on either artery?
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