I had sudden cardiac arrest,as I have writtien July 2006 They called it the "widow maker" and put stent in the LAD. I was defibbed twice. Fortunately I had very little damage because the ambulance was here is less than 5 minutes.
After reading many of your stories I realize more than ever how fortunate I am. I just had a stent placed in the LAD and off I WENT. The tests showed that I had had a "silent" heart attack in the past and they could not stent that area.
I have changed drs. because the first one said in a letter to my primary care dr. that I asked more than a DOZEN questions (the appt. right after the attack) AND I had been on the internet!! I live in metro Detoit and went to a hospital associated with University of Mi Hospital. Since the drs. at this hospital saved my life I assumed they were fine. I should have suspected since when I had the heat attack the "teaching" afterwards consisted of how lucky I was because 95% of the people die from this type and it was "the big one,." So you see I had to go to the internet.
The second dr. I was referred to since I "fired" the first for the DOZEN question remark appears unusual to me as well. His take on the situation is that the "public" wants all these heart tests done and they are pretty much worthless. He said he could have me do all of them and I could drop dead of a heart attack the next day. I don't know if he was just talking about the type that I had where a piece of plague broke off or what.
I asked about loosing weight.(weigh 180) and he said I had the same risk for the second if I did or not. (my family was furious with this advise) His opinion is that he would rather have a patient with hard plague build up and a 90% blockage than a person like me with only a 10% blockage at the time and then you have a chunck of the plaque break off.
My main concern is having the stent "clog.". I have read about the drug coated stents and the issues. This current dr. does not do any tests for that.... I guess he just thinks every test is worthless! Has anyone gone to Cleveland Clinic? I live about 3 hours away and hear they are very good.
I feel like I am sitting here "fat, dumb, and hapy" and just not taking proactve precautions. Perhaps this is because my life did not change like many of yours did so I am naive as to what could happen if the future! My ef is 55% which I am told is very good after a MI.
So I guess my main qestion is how many of you are satisfied with your drs. Has anyone gone to the Cleveland Clinic and has experiences with a particular dr. there?
Thanks for your help.
God bless all of you who have to live with damage from this nasty disease!