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About AngioRN

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  • Birthday 12/15/1951

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    My story: While walking our dog I started noticing some chest pain. I thought nothing of it until about 10 days later I had to stop and catch my breath. Finally called my PCP, had a normal EKG, went for a treadmill stress test which I failed miserably. Was told I needed an emergency heart cath. Had 2 stents placed. Several months ago had chest pain - had stress echo done which showed stents were open. This year I was feeling "out of sorts" and belching. My wife insisted I go to the hospital for an EKG. Ran into the cardiologist who did my initial stress test. She did an EKG normal as usual. Told me to listen to my body as it was telling me something was wrong. Did emergency cath which showed stents were completely blocked and blockage in RCA was much worse. 2 days later had 3 vessel CABG. I am 52, male. My wife and I have been married since June 04. She is a saint.

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    RN, Manage a cardiac cath lab and special procedures. Had 2 stents placed in LAD, April 03. Had 3 vessel CABG Feb 04 - LAD, 1st diagonal, and RCA. History of hyperlipidemia and HTN.
  1. Shaka brings up some good points. We use to have a forum for family members to discuss their feelings, but it seems to have disappeared. Maybe it's time to bring it back. Unfortunately, the hospital I work in has cut back drasticly on programs. Cardiac rehab came to talk with me, but no social workers or counselors. We have contacted a therapist in my Cardiologists office, but unfortunately, he is not on our insurance program as of this time. When he does get the ok, I will go in first and then Jo will join me. Jo is an avid reader. She goes through several books a week. I'll
  2. The stress of our disease effects both us and our families. We get the sympathy and attention, while our families get ignored. it's not right, but those are the facts. Several years ago, when I first came to HeartBoard I recommended the book "Thriving with Heart Disease" by Wayne Sotile. It deals with the emotional effects of heart disease on you and your family. I dusted it off tonight and intend to read it again as I find myself back at the beginning of this journey. Going back to work was a little strenuous. I did not sleep well the night before. My coworkers were glad to see me
  3. Thank you all for your kind words. I've missed you all and promise to stick around. I wanted to talk about the side of heart disease that we don't want to talk about, and that is the mental side. When I was first diagnosed with heart disease back in 2002 I went into a very deep and dark depression. Jo got online and found a message board for heart patients. She was the one who asked questions, looked for help while I pouted and moped about thinking that my world had ended. I received a phone call from a stranger in Florida who talked to me for a long time. Told me what I was going throu
  4. I was diagnosed as diabetic about 8 weeks ago. My H1AC level was 7.1 and I was started on Januvia. My fasting blood sugars range from 105 to 120. My cardiologist says my risk factors are labile hypertension, diabetes and stress. I don't find my job stressful, but she ensures me that it is. My circumflex was clean in my January 08 cath, and I had a Dobutamine stress test a few months ago that was determined to be good. I wish I could tell you how fast a vessel can clot off, but I don't think there is an answer to that.
  5. It has been quite awhile since I've been to HeartBoard. I would like to share with you my past week, but first let me reintroduce myself to those of you who don't know me. I am 57, an RN who works in the Cardiac Cath Lab. I was first diagonosed with heart disease 7 years ago - failed a treadmill stress test, had an emergency cath and had two stents placed. 9 months later I had triple bypass surgery. Was doing well. January of 2008 had 2 stents placed inside my original stents as my LIMA graft was closing down. Again was doing well until last week. Last Thursday after I came home fro
  6. I hope you are doing well! Miss you...

  7. Well as you can see it has been a long time since I have posted. Joanne's dad has had 2 surgeries since my last post. The first one the doctor removed most of his sternum. He said that his chest was full of pus and that he never would have gotten better. The second surgery was performed about 24 hours later, the doctor performed muscle flaps where he moved the muscles in the chest to cover where the sternum had been. That was the day before Thanksgiving. Last week he was moved to a rehab institute. He demands that someone be with him 24 hours a day. Jo has been taking the afternoo
  8. Carebear, I am AngioRN (Gary) one of the moderators of this board. I am not diabetic, did smoke an occassional cigar, exercise fairly regularly and eat well. I am an RN and work in the cardiac cath lab. When I was 51 I experienced chest pain and had 2 stents put into my LAD (bare metal). The LAD was 95% blocked and my RCA was about 50% blocked. I was very depressed afterwards. My wife is also an RN told me to get my @@@ back to work, that if I was going to have another heart attack I would be in the right place. Nine months later, I was feeling "out of sorts". I went to the hospital an
  9. Hi everyone. Just an update of Jo's dad. He is back in the hospital, this time with pneumonia. He started running a fever last night and today Jo had gone to the doctor because her asthma has been really bothering her. While she was gone, he called her and told her he didn't feel well. She called me at work and I rushed home to find him feverish. It took us a while to convince him to go to the hospital - he is afraid that he will die if he went back again. He had a temp of 102.3, his white count was normal, but the CXR showed a pneumonia in his left lung. Jo is quite upset. No help fr
  10. Thank you all for you kind words and prayers. Jo's Dad came home today. It has been a fiasco so far. The wound vac is not working right, the IV people never showed up and the home health nurse who is suppose to come tomorrow has already upset Jo by shirking some of his responsibilities. The PICC line that was put in at the hospital is leaking and Dad doesn't want us touching it. He was been sitting in a recliner sleeping off and on and telling us that he is talking to Jo's sisters. Needless to say, Jo is quite upset about all this. On the good side, Simon's seizures seem to have sto
  11. It has been awhile since I've posted. Jo's dad has had several hospitalizations since I last posted. He went to the surgeon who ordered some blood work, that afternoon we got a call that he had to see the cardiologist ASAP. ASAP was 2 days later, and he was promptly admitted to the hosital in CHF and a new onset of atrial flutter. He spent 3 days in the hospital, came home with us for several days and then his sternal wound opened up when he moved a chair. Apparently he had a huge abcess in his chest because he had a lot of drainage. Jo rushed him back to the hospital where he had his su
  12. Jerry, I hope you are doing well. Please let us know how you are doing. Gary
  13. Hi everyone. As you might have noticed I've been gone awhile. Jo's dad was discharged from the hospital - against our wishes 2 weeks ago. He told them he could not breath and he had huge blisters on both of his feet. We took him home and he was up all night coughing. I wanted to take him to the ER, he wanted to wait. He agreed to see what the home health nurse would say in the morning. She took one look at him and told him he needed to be in the hospital. I took him to the ER of a different hospital then from the one he had been in. He was admitted with CHF and to treat the blisters o
  14. Jo's dad has turned the corner and is doing well. He has gotten up and walked around the ICU a few times. We are hopeful that he'll be able to go home in a few days. Gary
  15. AngioRN


    Definately brain fog. Did I spell that correctly? Gary
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