May 12
Viola63
Viola63 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My 100% Blocked LAD

Hi I am 63 years old and I am a nurse. Two years ago I had some pressue in my chest and difficulty breathing and I called 911. I had an ECG and was told it was normal, that is was probably my asthma and was sent home. on 4/6/16 after finishing up paperwork for work (I am a RN nurse field case manager, looooooooooong stressful hours LOL) I developed mild chest pessure and some dicomfort along my back at my shoulde blades. I thought; oh it's my asthma and laid down at 6:30PM and qucikly fell aleep. I woke two hours later and the pressure and discomfort was still there along with a numb feeling alonge my left jaw. So I took an asprin and drove myself to the hospital. They did an ECG and again normal. But this time they thought maybe I had a PE. (a blood clot in my lung)  I had breast cancer 13 years ao so they could only use my leaft arm to try to get an IV in for the V-Dimer CT scan. After 8 tries no one could get an IV in, at about 11:30PM they used an ultra sound and got one in and took blood and sent me for the CT. When I got back I was told the CT scan was nomal but that my troponin levels were high and i was having a hear attack. They took blood three more times and each time my levels were high. The head of cadiology came in and told me that they were going to do a echocadiogram but becuase my troponin level wee so odd they were going to take me ight to the cadiac cath lab. I decided to watch it ( lol nurses do things like that) The cardiologist pointed to a spot on the screen and said "see that?" I said "no". He said "Exactly your LAD is 100% blocked!" As soon as he placed the stent the LAD appeared and I feel like a breath of freh air had eneloped my body.! 
  • terranovalaw
    terranovalaw,
    Unlike us guys, women do not get the classic symptoms all at once and it sounds like this is what happened to you. I hope you are on the mend, did not suffer any damage to the heart and that you can participate in a rehab program. I was 51 when I had a 100% blocked LAD 1.5 years ago. Quick recognition of symptoms and quick treatment saved my life. I did rehab and am now back to a normal healthy lifestyle. Best of luck moving forward. Joe Terranova
  • Pitstop
    Pitstop,
    I had an mri done in January and found some damage to the brain then I had an ecocadiogram done in March and in April they found a hole because I lost the use of my left arm and hand
  • anne-marie halloran
    anne-marie halloran,
    I AM HAPPY FOR YOU. YOU GOT OVER YOUR PROBLEM. I TOOK MY FIRST WALK SOLO WITHOUT A CANE ALONE ON A COUNTRY PATH SMELLING GOOD OF NATURE, AS IT WAS ALL AROUND ME. THE CANE WAS IN THE CAR, UPON RETURNING MY FRIEND WHO HAD TAKEN ME TO ER WAS FURIOUS, MY PHYSICAL THERAPIST, NEGATIVE, NOT PROUD OF ME, I WANTED TO KNOW WHERE I TRULY STAND IN MY RECOVERY, I WAS PROUD THEY, FRIENDS AND HELP, WERE HORRIFIED ,WHICH IS ONE OF US IS RIGHT.? HARD FOR ME TO LIVE WITH MY STROKE AND JUST CALMLY ACCEPT.
  • Pitstop
    Pitstop,
    I'm 39 and only naw finding out they don't know where the hole in my heart was from giving birth to my daughter or when I had a stroke at 23 or when I was born it's hard because I get tired easy naw and I have asthma to
  • Bluestarmom
    Bluestarmom,
    Hi Viola, In January, 2015 I began to have waves of fatigue wash over me, as well as some jaw discomfort, some pain between my shoulder blades and a lot of pain in my left breast and upper arm. My daughter, who is a PA, said, 'Mom, you need to see your primary! He'll have an EKG done and he'll send you to a cardiologist or decide if you need to go in the hospital. That was on a Saturday...last weekend in January, first of February, 2015. Monday, Feb 2nd, I called the primary. Got an appt. for the next morning, Tuesday the 3rd. Early on February 3, I called my friend and told her that I wouldn't be at prayer group that morning. "Just feel horrible" I said. So my husband took me to my primary appointment. I had an EKG done, long story short, he told me I needed to be admitted immediately to the cardiac care area. The next day, I had my heart cath...they had already put me on cardiac medication because my EKG was "all over the place, and really funky looking." The doctor who did the heart cath told me I hadn't had a heart attack yet, but I had five blockages...3 100% blocked (including the LAD), a 90% blockage, and a 70% blockage. Two of the 100% blockages were totally occluded - and too small for stents or bypasses. The other 100% and the 90% were small also, but the doctor didn't want to do stents or bypasses until he checked with his colleagues on the surgical team. And I was told the following morning that I shouldn't even be alive..was probably walking around waiting to die of a fatal heart attack within days. Today, I am walking around with two stents, and probably going to have a third stent put in the one that was 70% blocked once it gets to 80% blocked. I did my 33 classes of cardiac rehab, and now continue at home 5 or 6 days a week on the treadmill Santa brought me this past Christmas. And I understand what it means to walk in the light of God's grace. May He bless you Viola...and give you renewed strength and understanding of what heart health is all about. Thankfully for you, and I, and for countless others who see and reply to your post, we have been given extra time.
  • Ana
    Ana,
    I'm curious to know what type of blood thinner you are on? As a nurse I know you should have some good insight. Also glad to know that they were able to catch it without a lot of damage to your heart. I'm so thankful I only live 10 minutes away and had enough awareness to call 911. Speed was on my side. Women need to call sooner than they do.
  • Revkeener
    Revkeener,
    Wow. Glad your ok now
  • janbeard1960
    janbeard1960,
    So glad you were able to get to the hospital in time and glad you feel so much better! Best, Jan
  • Viola63
    Viola63,
    I am on Effient 10mg daily with a baby asaprin
  • purple heart
    purple heart,
    An amazing story! I'm so glad you are okay! I hope you remain healthy! Best wishes!
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