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Heart attack

Postby radioguy41 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:47 pm

Got released from the hospital today after 4 stents with a return for a 5th stent on the calendar. I never had a single common heart attack symptom, not one. It was severe pain in the stomach area. It was originally diagnosed as a hiatal hernia and possible ulcer so they scheduled an endoscopy and sent me home. Never made it. Stopped at the Walmart drive-thru pharmacy for a prescription for a new PPI when it hit again so right back we went. This time the enzymes were whacked so to cardio for a catheterization and wala, here I am, 4 stents in and awaiting the 5th. Getting old sucks.
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Postby Bob McCarty » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:59 pm

Sounds like you got the right treatment quickly. Hopefully you're on the mend. I've never had a stent placed but it must be an easier recovery than a quadruple bypass, which I've also not had.
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Re: Heart attack

Postby radioguy41 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:11 pm

I had the procedure on Wed afternoon and got discharged this morning (Thu). We discussed bypass as an option and after weighing all the factors I settled on stents. Much easier procedure and very little recovery time. They gave me two limitations, no driving for 48 hours and no lifting more than 10 lbs for the same time and that was more for the incision in my wrist than for the stents. Bypass would have involved much more risk up front, significant pain, 2-3 months recovery, plus open ended rehab. At age 80 I thought those negatives out weighed the slight benefit. Maybe at 50, 60, or even 70 they might not have but at 80 I felt they did, at least to me.

The stent procedure is painless, you don't even get knocked out. You're awake on the table, your right arm is taped down, and they go up the vein in the right arm. They do prep your right groin just in case they have trouble getting thru the arm. 45 minutes and it's done. They wheel you back to your room and you eat lunch. Never felt a thing. The only evidence is a pressurized plastic band around your right wrist to keep pressure on the vein until it clots, maybe a couple of hours, then a bandage. They keep your overnite and then you go home
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Barnyard » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:19 pm

Glad you are doing well. Just do as the doctors tell you.

radioguy41 wrote:the procedure on Wed afternoon and got discharged this morning (Fri).

I guess you meant discharged Thursday?
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Re: Heart attack

Postby radioguy41 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:22 pm

Whoops. :oops:

Good catch, corrected. Thanks Barnyard.
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Don McCombs » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:25 pm

Barnyard wrote:Glad you are doing well. Just do as the doctors tell you.

radioguy41 wrote:the procedure on Wed afternoon and got discharged this morning (Fri).

I guess you meant discharged Thursday?

It's very easy to lose all track of time in the hospital.
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:25 pm

What a blessing! The miracles of modern medicine.

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Re: Heart attack

Postby tst » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:55 pm

glad you are on the mend, take it easy

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Re: Heart attack

Postby ricky racer » Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:39 am

You're a fortunate man! I'm glad everything went well for you. Stay healthy!
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Gary Dotson » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:04 am

So happy for a positive report! Thanks for the description of the procedure, I've never heard that before. I had assumed it was much more involved.

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Re: Heart attack

Postby Shane N. » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:32 am

Glad you’re doing good!
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Winfield Dave » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:47 am

Glad they caught it and got you taken care of. Get well.
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Stanton » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:57 am

Could have turned out so much worse. Glad you went back to the hospital the second time and not dismissed it.

Get better soon! :tractor:
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:51 am

Glad to here you are at home and and feeling better
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Re: Heart attack

Postby Rick Spivey » Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:59 am

So happy that you caught this and have had a relatively easy procedure and recovery. Thank God for modern medicine and health care workers!
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