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flycaster305

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    Married 49 years, 90% retired. I volunteer at a CVCU wing of a hospital. I've got eight stents, had three heart attacks, but still standing and exercising every day. I've lost sixty pounds over a ten year period, something I'm proud of!

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  1. Thank you, gschmitt and Kalip. I was tested for gluten intolerance and it came back negative, but of course being diabetic I eat little bread, and know the Paleo diet well. A grandchild is an exercise/nutritionist, my sister in law is a naturopath, and over the last 15 years I've educated myself regarding diet. I was able to control my diabetes and cholesterol levels very well with diet and exercise for years. My ldl's were below 75, my hdl's were consistently over 55, and my AC1 was 5.4. HOWEVER, after my bypasses plugged and I couldn't exercise, meds couldn't keep up with the increase in my cholesterol and AC1, both increased 35%. Now that the heart has more blood after the new procedure, I'm encouraged to exercise, but controlled. My EF is very low, so I have a ways to go. I do believe exercise is extremely important to control heart disease, the fact that when I was so ill and couldn't exercise led to high cholesterol and diabetes numbers. I'm in a 5 day cardiac rehab program. I'm not a believer that the government conspires to make us unhealthy, but agree that lobbying probably contributes to diet problems. Just look what the Tea Party was able to do to almost bring down our government process, that is proof that special interests have a huge role in influencing government involvement in places they shouldn't go. I was deeply involved with several cardiologists and rehab nurses for the last couple of years as we established a Mended Hearts, Inc. chapter at our hospital. It is a peer to peer support group, designed to support heart patients and especially the families of heart patients. Google it, it is a wonderful organization. I had to resign as chairman when I got ill, but after talking with hundreds of families, I think there core cardiac values. Smoking is of course a huge cause of heart disease. So is obesity, diabetes and eating a lot of fat, stress, family hx, Regarding vein failure in bypass procedures, there a lot of reasons that they fail. Using the salt shaker or eating salt-cured meat and fish is simply a killer. In my case, I knew it was high risk because of the location the veins could be attached, and given that 10% of veins fail per year after bypass, not all veins work very well. Thank you, Kalip, for your kind comments. Fly
  2. A positive follow up to my post, hoping it helps someone... I had the high risk procedure, a new twist to the existing stenting norm. Much larger probes, terminal equipment to remove clots and deliver stents with a very large entry port was employed. Not only was it possible to deliver three new stents in two arteries, but my RCA was relocated/straightened to prevent perculation of the blood, decreasing the chance of blood clots. It is an amazing procedure, and I'm fortunate that the recently approved procedure was available. I now wear eleven stents, have a pacer, a failed bypass procedure, so feel like I've earned my stripes as a heart attack survivor. That said, I'm still in stage 3 heart failure, and have problems with fluid in my lungs, am breathless, etc. A year ago I walked a 1/2 marathon, today I have trouble making it to the mailbox 150 yards away. I'm in heart rehab, just starting again, and it is thought I can with hard work gain back about 1/2 of my former abilities. Salt is my new enemy, I'm taking a 101 class in salt education. My goals are simple, I want to be able to lay down to sleep, keep fluid out of my lungs, belly and legs, and go forward from there. By lack of response I suspect I'm persona non gratis on this site, but hopefully my post can help someone who felt as hopeless as I felt. Never give up is my suggestion, a new procedure may be just around the corner.
  3. I haven't posted here in a long time, but have a topic that I thought might help others who have had bypass surgery. It's a scary tale, and in no way I want to discourage others from having the procedure but thought I'd give a heads up to know if the surgery is failing. I have had eight stents, several heart attacks, a pacemaker, and in 2011 two new blockages appeared. The blockage in the Lad was only 70% but the one in the RCA was 80% and I was very symptomatic. My Cardiologist tried to put a stent in the LAD, but the blockage was in the Ostial position, e.g., at the wye of the 1st Diagonal, which is risky, and the blockage in the RCA was in the same position and the back and bottom of my heart was starved. Because of all the stents ahead of the blockages, it was impossible to access these troubled areas. That said, I was told bypass surgery was risky because of the condition of my arteries, but also because they were considered 'tortorous', or very twisted. However, I was experiencing daily angina, and opted for the surgery. The surgery went well. I have been a longtime volunteer in the heart intensive care wing of our hospital, and knew the nurses very well. I was also the chairman of a new peer to peer national program of support to patients and families who have heart issues, so worked with the cardiologists. I had, frankly, outstanding care and follow up. I felt wonderful afterwards, had amazing energy... for about 1 1/2 years. about six months ago, I started feeling winded when exercising, and when walking with my nurse pals to meetings, they commented I seemed labored. I also started to have some chest pains which I ignored, and noted that I was coughing a lot at night when I laid down. I assured them I just fine, but finally the nurse manager of the floor confronted me and forced me to call my doctor. One thing led to another, I had a stress test, then an angiogram, and it was confirmed, by bypasses were completely plugged. My family and I were shocked and quite upset. My cholesterol levels are perfect, but I've had trouble controlling my diabetes, and the blockages aren't hard plaque, they are largely blood clots. It is felt I may not survive a second bypass, and since the first one failed it seemed silly to try another one. Stents are a possible last resort, but it is considered very, very high risk, so that left drugs. I was starting to experience my lungs filling with water, which is more frightening than I can express in words. Drugs have worked to get rid of the water, but I'm in stage three/four heart failure. I'm tested with the BNP test weekly, it is generally between 2000-2500, and anything over 900 is considered acute. Had I acted by seeing my doctor when I noticed breathlessness and chest discomfort, I chose to stick my head in the sand, and eliminated the possibility to have my bypasses stented and start effective drug therapy. I urge anyone with any kind of heart problem to notify their doctor with any change. Let my poor judgment be your guide. I'm struggling, but slowly improving as the drugs work to drain my lungs. I'm taking gorilla doses of Lasix and Spiro...? plus beta blockers, blood thinners, and more. Also, I've totally eliminated added salt, salted meat, any processed foods. I eat at restaurants that don't salt the food, and also stay away from salt substitutes as they contain huge amounts of potassium. Potassium is need for heart health, but too much potassium is more harmful. Heart bypass helps 90% of people with blockages. I was high risk, and knew it going in for the procedure. That said, I ignored some obvious red flags, and had I manned up and admitted issues, the blockages could have been fixed. Nuts.
  4. Gavin, I'm reading between the lines of your post, but I wonder if you are suffering from sleep apnea. I've not had the problem, but have lost two friends to this problem. Gasping for air after waking up is a huge suggestion of this condition. I'd strongly suggest you ask for a sleep study.
  5. Jan, be assured your tofu diet didn't generate the kidney stones, they take many years to develop and form into little uninary bombs. I'll be watching what the Ultrasound shows. Believe me, you will prefer a tofu diet to the liquid that you will not enjoy before the scan. In my opinion, the scare over PPI's and diet is very overstated. When you read the research, only 4% of the people tested experienced show problems with Nexium. I trust all is well in the Great Canadian Vancouver Island area.
  6. Protests, as long as they are peaceful in my opinion are as American as apple pie, and go back to the formation of our country. Shortly after the American Revolution, there was a lot of protests and various opinions. John (and Abigail) Adams were greatly angered by criticism of John's Presidency and this led to passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, where critics could be jailed, deported, etc. The Alien and Sedition acts were rescinded, which set the precedent of patience with orderly discord. Thomas Jefferson was a champion of all-out revolution, I'm glad his opinions became more tempered. We saw the Tea Party give their issues a show, now we are seeing those wounded as a result of the twenty five year old de-regulation of financial institutions have their say. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely, both on the right and left of political center in my opinion, and we are just seeing the penedulum correcting itself. Where I live there is still a lively Occupy movement (Peaceful) but it's dropping below freezing tonight and I suspect that will temper some enthusiasms.
  7. Rose-Tu, an elephant at the Portland, Oregon zoo is pregnant. For whatever reason, the Portland, Oregon zoo has facilities to make elephant he'in and she'in possible. It will be good for the zoo and the city and for elephants who have a wonderful life at the Portland zoo. That's nice news on a day where the danger of private zoos was exposed.
  8. It is a cause of a belly laugh from me, seeing these protests. I think it is a natural bounce from the extreme left to the excesses of the extreme right (Tea Party). Both groups don't represent me in the least, or I think most US citizens. You expressed it very well, noexcuse. Your post speaks of reason, and reason isn't something that we have seen in Washington lately.
  9. Gord, I don't think you understand what a difficult journey you have began, and suggest you reconsider. I was obese, diabetic, had heart issues as well as serious GERD issues. You have no idea how difficult it is to fast until you go through the process. I had to fast after a bowel obstruction surgery, then later I went through a fast of sorts after a Nissen Fundoplication procedure that was a result of the intense vomiting from the bowel obstruction, I won't go into detail. My dietary interuptions are considered a reason why I had to have a pacemaker inserted, and eventually a bypass surgery. I'd consider bariatric surgery before going down the path you have chosen. You are going to experience very embarrassing conditions that will be difficult on your loved ones as well as extreme discomfort. Feel free to message me if you wish. Remember, you are taking your loved ones down the same path you have chosen, and it's going to be a very difficult path.
  10. S & P downgraded the US government, in my opinion, because the executive and legislative leaders couldn't control a few rogue third party candidates that didn't understand we have to pay our bills. We got a wedgie, but the world, not just USA citizens, flocked to buy the bonds that were just devalued. It proved that that the United States remains far more powerful than a stinkin' financial group. I throttled up my investment percentage today, I'm very encouraged. It's going to be rocky for awhile until Europe gets there credit problems resolved, and I think a lot depends on the group designated to come up with a compromise to come up with a balanced budget in December in this country. I'm very encouraged that neither the Democrats or Republicans have named any loose cannons and bet a compromise can be reached. The Wedgie probably helped that decision to keep third party goofballs off the committee. Sometimes we look at things too darkly... I'm the chair of a scholarship committee for a local hospital and today we mailed checks to medical schools exceeding six figures for 65 deserving medical students doing undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. We work hard with fundraisers, and many, many volunteers give their time to help. The volunteers are people who want to be part of the success of the country. Volunteering works.
  11. You nailed it. We have to pay our bills, we have to limit spending, what's so complicated about that? The Tea Party in my opinion aren't very convincing, just screamers. Tea Party founders Judson Philips and Jenny Martin are very vocal, advising us about debt. Excuse me, they both have bankruptcies... They aren't very believeable in my humble opinion. In my case, I've pulled very few paychecks, I've been a private contractor most of my life, and had to meet payroll during some hard times. I rather expect the government to protect the money I paid in to my social security and medicare. Well stated!
  12. My children, grandchildren and cousins gathered to wish me best wishes as I hit the 70 year old mark. I dressed in black Jeans, black tee shirt for the occasion, but my wife ordered me into closet and she dressed me in bright colors. I was ready to put a battery in between my fillings simply to get in a better mood, but she convinced me turning 70 is a nice accomplishment. I had a wonderful day. I was honored by my children, grandchildren, brother and sister and cousins. Thanks so much.
  13. I think I remember some expressions about cold as well, something about the temperature of the colon of a well digger. You are right, so many of the expressions can't be posted. After my bypass surgery, I was sort of selective of friends and family who could visit. I may be alone on this, but after surgery, I was tired, and found friends and family who felt it necessary to visit a long time became tiresome. Those who quotes scripture became more than tiresome. I gave my daughter a list of family who I would like to see, but needed to make their visits short, and labeled them what my uncle called, those folks who 'talked faster than a goose *****.'
  14. We just need to keep petting frogs. Do you notice when petting frogs, how smooth they feel? Frog hais mighty fine. I think we are losing the great expressions our grandparents taught us. I was told about frog hair, as well was being busier than a one legged man in butt kicking contest. My grandmother was full of expressions, I lived with her during WW2 as a child, and once when I didn't do my chores, which involved bringing water to the stock in the barn from the well, I was told I was as 'worthless as a @@@@ on a boar'. It took an explanation but I understand the concept, and I picked up the pace! God Bless her memory What expressions do you all remember?
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