Hi! I am new to this discussion group...came across it while strolling the web for info on memory lass after heart by-pass. I was 47 when I had my cabgx4, no heart attack...they said I would not have survived if I had one - heart diease to difuse for stenting, I had 7 blockages they said they only could fix 4...odd story on how I ended up in the cardio surgen office, but very thankful I did.
Well I am now a little over 1 year out Dec. 18 2007 was the bypass date...and I am still very troubled by thought process and memory. I only really began to notice when those around me were saying I had alredy asked that or said that....or dont you remember.It was only after I had misplaced my truck in a small parking lot that I also had to agree something was wrong. The cardio said it could be pump head, he sent me to a neurolgist who said it was depression and handed off some meds. My PCP sent me to a neuro-psych doctor for testing..to rule out dementia..please I was only 47.....she said after the testing I had ADD and referred me to a psycologist to learn coping skills.
The things that bother me with this issue are my love of reading has gone out the window ..to hard to follow or understand sometimes the words do not make any sense. It is had at times to follow conversations, remember dates, names, and misplace things.
My emotions have also flatlined.
Can anyone relate?
I also just had a chest wall insional hernia repair Dec. 2008, during the week that followed I was very confused fuzzy..it has lighted but the memory thought process had not returned.
All this at times becomes overwhelming!
Any suggestions are welcome.