Aug 22
suzysnutty3
suzysnutty3 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My new lease on life

I started having slight chest pains in October 2015, i was walking every other day about 3 1/2 miles, i just thought the weather was changing and i just needed to adjust my breathing.  As time progressed, these slight chest pains turned into very painful chest pains lasting about 10 minutes and espicially when i laid down at night.  I mentioned this to my doctor and she suggested I have a Upper GI done, did i  mention I have really bad acid reflux?  Well i do and this is what they thought was causing the pain, espicially since it got  bad when i laid down.  Well i went the Monday before Thanksgiving to have this done and the doctor told me that he can see several things wrong, but none of it should cause chest pains like i was having.  So back to my primary, she did a EKG on their machine and she said it showed i was not getting good blood flow to my heart/lungs.  So appt made weeks later on 16th of December, went and had a stress test, i failed it and they walked me right to the cardiologist's office (never have i been to such a place), he recommended a heart cath to be done right away, appt set 12/17, went in and the surgeon said he recommended Open Heart surgery, I had 95% blockage in a main artery on the left side of my heart and partial blockage in a artery flowing east west from my heart.  Surgery scheduled for 12/18.  Well i survived the surgery and all the pain and rehab, i would have never guessed this was my problem, no family history, i hadn't smoked since 1987 and i thought i got enough exercise, i was overweight and still am but i am working hard, so far since surgery i am down 43lbs and have way more to go, i walk at least 6-7 miles every weekend and we ride bikes at least 15-17miles on the other weekend day.  I am so blessed that God saw fit for me to have this surgery and save me for another day.  Just because you don't smoke, have not family history, do not ignore the warnings, the surgeon said it could have went 100% blocked in a very short time.
1 Comment
  • Paulian1
    Paulian1,
    Happy you are here!!!
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