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Myectomy - Now Double Bi Pass


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  • Myectomy - Now Double Bi Pass

    I just need the Opportunity to B00 Hoo, about Myself! So if you're not in the mood to read a Bad luck Story, just Delete.
    On 7/24/03 I had a Myectomy @ Mayo. My recovery seemed "unremarkable", but I never got through the "Recovery" I returned to work, in October. In November, I began experiencing Chest Pains, they traveled to both arms & sometimes were so severe I Vomitted. Obviously I visited my local Cardiologist, who called Mayo & they said they didn't think it was anything to worry about. My local Dr did an "injectable stress test" which indicated no Blockages. The pain persisted & over time grew from occassionally (November) to 10-30 times a day in February. By this time I had quit working, applied to SS Disability (I received with out problems). My local Dr convinced I did have a Blockage, sent me back to Mayo, in March. On March 12, I had a Heart Cath (my 2nd since July)-they found no Blockages & told me to lower my Blood Pressure to 115/60, use the Nitro Spray & all would be fine. Well, it wasn't fine-I couldn't leave the House alone, was in almost constant pain-it was a NIGHTMARE. I wanted to Die. My local Dr, couldn't figre it out. He ordered a Video of the Cath, viewed it, called me & told me I needed another Cath. on April 16during the Cath, they told me I need to be prepped for Emergency BiPass. They told my Husband I would probably not Live.
    Today is 3 weeks since I had my chest cracked open for a 2nd time this year. Both the Surgeon & my WONDERFUL Cardiologist say I am a 'Poster Child" other than constant pain in my Sternum, Shoulder & Leg-I feel pretty good! I started walking on my Tread Mill (I can do 4 minutes!) But it's been a LOOOONG year!
    The Moral here-Always believe you can do it- Pray a Lot-find a great Cardiologist, who is knowledgeable about HCM & always Listens to you.
    Wow- I feel better Now-Thanks!
    Oh, to keep this in perspective- I'm a 56 year old Female, in Good shape (Iused to be very Active) & fairly healthy. I was diagnosed with HCM about 15 years ago

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    Re: Myectomy - Now Double Bi Pass

    This is not a bad story...a little bit of a nail bitter at times...but with a happy ending!

    Best wishes,
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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      Re: Myectomy - Now Double Bi Pass

      Hi Ronnie,
      As you probably know from my previous posts I had a lousy 2003 with seven hospital stays, and much work done, including my fourth heart cath and stenting. Thankfully I have so far been able to avoid the split chicken syndrome. January first of this year I was finally diagnosed with HOCM and received the proper treatment. (I immediately switched to this cardiologist.)

      This year I still have a bunch of other problems, but my HCM is behaving itself nicely. I still get SOB and can’t walk worth a damn, but my chest has been peaceful and quiet – so far.

      Sounds like you have a keeper with your cardiologist too. (Boy, the good ones are great to have around aren’t they?) Well, hopefully your problems are now resolved, and you can get back to living a normal happy life. Your next appointment with your cardio – why don’t you bring her a nice bunch of flowers? – If it’s a him, get them for his nurse. They will all still enjoy the thank you.


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        Re: Myectomy - Now Double Bi Pass

        Ronnie, Best wishes for rapid and uncomplicated recovery from here on. Please keep us posted. Linda


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