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07-10-2019 06:00 PM
RainMan 2.0
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Originally Posted by Biagio View Post
Rick, the EF you quoted indicates that you have taken some damage to your heart muscle, but not as much as you might have. What that means, is that you have to re-build your strength - like any muscle injury.
I assume you have been put onto a cardiac rehabilitation programme? If not discuss with your docs.
And to counteract your “creeped out “ feeling (better already - before you were “grossed out”), remember that you did not feel anything going on inside you while they were placing the stent - it was all on the skin. Next time, ask for some local anaesthetic at the IV site, or get them to use one of the modern infrared or laser vein finders.
Now look at the next step - do you need a pacemaker? If so, do you want to go on long walks, or not?
Would you have driven your fancy car with a blocked fuel filter and a dodgy spark plug?

And remember to reduce the load on your heart - don’t lift stuff you can get somebody else to lift, and if you are carrying too much weight, get rid of some of it. And I trust you are a non-smoker?
I’ve never smoked a day in my life ,but I second hand smoked 2 packs a day in the 60’s and 70’s .
Next option may be cutting the nerves that control the heart, and installing a pace maker.
I’m unemployed in another month , so I may just live with what I’ve got.
The low oxygen is because of the rapid heart beat (I think )
My resting heart rate is still 96 bpm.

I was walking part way to work yesterday,when my left arm went completely numb . I could move it but had little feeling in it.
I lifted my arm and touched my watch and it magically went back to normal. The darnedest thing .
I have an appointment with my GP on Friday and I’ll mention it . Maybe the dye they put in you reacts for a while . This was the 6th day though
07-10-2019 11:25 AM
Biagio Rick, the EF you quoted indicates that you have taken some damage to your heart muscle, but not as much as you might have. What that means, is that you have to re-build your strength - like any muscle injury.
I assume you have been put onto a cardiac rehabilitation programme? If not discuss with your docs.
And to counteract your “creeped out “ feeling (better already - before you were “grossed out”), remember that you did not feel anything going on inside you while they were placing the stent - it was all on the skin. Next time, ask for some local anaesthetic at the IV site, or get them to use one of the modern infrared or laser vein finders.
Now look at the next step - do you need a pacemaker? If so, do you want to go on long walks, or not?
Would you have driven your fancy car with a blocked fuel filter and a dodgy spark plug?

And remember to reduce the load on your heart - don’t lift stuff you can get somebody else to lift, and if you are carrying too much weight, get rid of some of it. And I trust you are a non-smoker?
07-08-2019 11:27 PM
DesertRatTom
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Originally Posted by jw2170 View Post
...and then, learn to breath again after they collapse your lungs....
That's part of what I'm struggling with. Pneumonia, then a appendix surgery withing 2 months. Still having problems with breathing and speaking as well. Forced me to retire.

@RainMan 2.0 The most common site for blockage is an artery on the front of the heart that makes two sharp, almost 90 degree turns. It is one of the largest vessels servicing heart tissue. Its informal name is the Widowmaker. Blockages there have killed a lot of people in the past, now it's fairly routine to survive--if you get to the doc in time. My brother lost almost 25 percent of his heart tissue when he was 35, and he was unable to do much physical activity. So be grateful.

Heard something today that's certainly been true for me, "when something ends, it is also tbe beginning of something new." Physical labor is for younger guys, time to work smarter, not harder. You have a lot of support here.
07-08-2019 10:34 PM
RainMan 2.0
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...and then, learn to breath again after they collapse your lungs....
Thank god for technology . Although in a 100 years they will think what we’re doing now is barbaric
07-08-2019 10:02 PM
jw2170
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Originally Posted by DesertRatTom View Post
I occasionally lift 40-50 lbs (bird feed bulk bag), but more often I have someone help me or work out some way to move it without lifting.

A stent creeps you out? Would you rather do it the old way? Strip a blood vessel out of your leg, open your chest, spread the ribs, stop the heart, put you on a heart/lung type machine, sew the leg vessel in place to bypass the clogged artery. Hope you can start the heart again--When, there it goes. Then recooperate for a year with some possible brain damage. Which is better, a stent or bypass?

...and then, learn to breath again after they collapse your lungs....
07-08-2019 09:54 PM
RainMan 2.0 Yikes !
07-08-2019 09:39 PM
DesertRatTom
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Originally Posted by RainMan 2.0 View Post
I’m assuming you can lift heavy later on? Looked like it when I googled it anyways.
This stent thing kind of gives me the creeps
I occasionally lift 40-50 lbs (bird feed bulk bag), but more often I have someone help me or work out some way to move it without lifting.

A stent creeps you out? Would you rather do it the old way? Strip a blood vessel out of your leg, open your chest, spread the ribs, stop the heart, put you on a heart/lung type machine, sew the leg vessel in place to bypass the clogged artery. Hope you can start the heart again--When, there it goes. Then recooperate for a year with some possible brain damage. Which is better, a stent or bypass?
07-08-2019 06:32 PM
RainMan 2.0
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What prevented heart tissue damage for me was having an oxygen generator on hand. So the attack stopped before any damage was done. Then a Stent in within half an hour. You have to have oxygen prescribed here. Mine was to lessen the frequency of apnea attacks, but since I sleep with it on, it's on when heart attacks are most likely to occur. You're not supposed to lift heavy stuff cause it can dislodge the stent. Take it easy.
I’m assuming you can lift heavy later on? Looked like it when I googled it anyways.
This stent thing kind of gives me the creeps
07-08-2019 06:07 PM
DesertRatTom What prevented heart tissue damage for me was having an oxygen generator on hand. So the attack stopped before any damage was done. Then a Stent in within half an hour. You have to have oxygen prescribed here. Mine was to lessen the frequency of apnea attacks, but since I sleep with it on, it's on when heart attacks are most likely to occur. You're not supposed to lift heavy stuff cause it can dislodge the stent. Take it easy.
07-08-2019 04:24 PM
RainMan 2.0 Geez Charley you’ve had some majors . Sorry to hear this as I’m not the only one out there with issues .
Well tomorrow it’s back to work ,and I’m going to try and work with someone else.
The nurses claim it’s business as usual on day six,but I call bs. I’m not going to lift 85 pound power supplies and 75 pound deep cycle batteries this week,there’s just no way .
I’ll see if I can stay with the lighter stuff ,as I’m only employed for 2 more months anyways.
I think I’m done with taking the oncall phone also ,as that could put me in a bad predicament . Unlikely ,but the potential is still there .
Hard to believe the parties over and it’s back to the salt mine tomorrow lol
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