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Fifteen months post alcohol ablation...checking in.


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  • Fifteen months post alcohol ablation...checking in.

    Hi folks, been a while since I checked in...so busy...and that is good, all good. I had alcohol ablation at Mass. General Hospital with Dr. Fifer in January, 2004, following a stent placement four months previously. I entered cardiac rehab after the operation and then finished that earlier this year. I am now on a good plan of exercise and strength training. Now need to get the weight off but that is hard to do...I take several psych meds for anxiety and depression...that make carbo craving tough and also slow down the metabolism.

    I am working full time plus teaching a night a week. Only thing I find is that I get tired but I AM 53 so some of it is normal. I also have to sleep with a CPAP machine due to a severe case of sleep apnea.

    All in all, I feel wonderful...and these physical things are simply now part of who I am...oh, also am in AA!!!!

    Jeez, sound like a mess but all of it is being worked on. My biggest issue now is managing stress and keeping my wt down...they go hand in hand.

    Dr Fifer reported to me that he has two more pts with a similar profile as mine; cardiovascular disease combined with HOCM...and in the same descending artery!!! Both other guys are short of stature and heavily muscled...hmmmm....sounds like a syndrome to me!!!

    Anyone that wants some support about hocm or ablation, feel free to write.

    Alcohol ablation January, 2004. Stent placed, September, 2003. Now...at age 53...working out, building a cabin, sober and clean. A 2nd chance at life. There is hope, there is a future. Have faith.

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    I'm glad to hear you're doing well.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      Hey Martin

      Glad to hear you are on the right track. Interesting re the stress/anxiety, Harry was on medication for anxiety, I think most HOcM patients end up being told they are anxious (from what I have read). Since Harry stopped taking any anti-depressants he's been so much better and LESS anxious. I guess everyone is different though.

      It was good to see some debate regarding ablation versus myectomy as we will be facing that decision. We are leaning towards myectomy but we will see.........

      Take care Martin
      Stay in touch and let us know how you are progressing with your rehab/fitness


      • #4
        Marty, Thanks for the update. Sounds like things are going very well for you! It's great to get those reports. Linda


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