HistoryIn 2012, my primary care physician told me to have an ultrafast CT of my heart. The results were not good. He referred me to a cardiologist. Two weeks later the cardiologist examined me. He told me they would conduct several tests and if the results of the tests were bad, he would send me to the cath lab. He then asked what my symtoms were. I told him that when I worked hard, I had a burning sensation in my chest and shortness of breath and that both went away if I rested for a few minutes. He said that the tests were not necessay and that I should be hospitalized and another doctor would examine me in the cath lab. Two days later I had five stents.
When I entered the hospital, I was 65 pounds overweight and my LDL was 55 points above the normal range. The surgeon told me I needed to loose weight, improve my diet, get my LDL under control and exercise regularly. The cardiologist prescribed a rehab class. Six months later, I was exercising six days a week, lost 50 pounds and my LDL was less than 60.
Immediately prior to the six months check up, I was given an Ecko. The Ecko showed that I had a mild aortic stenosis. It has gotten worse every year. Last week I was told I will likely need valve replacement surgery in two years.
I am now 68 years old. I still exercise six days almost every week. I am loosing down to my BMI weight. My blood pressure has become an issue. My cholesterol remains under control.