Medical procedures and treatments

Discuss your experiences with medical procedures and treatments.


EF gone down since pacemaker put in

  • By acetspot · Posted 2:51 pm
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  • Hi all ! Been awhile since I've been on although I do monitor the site in case I can help. I've been on the inspire site for pancreatic cancer for about 16 months for my sister who had it and sadly passed ...

Right heart catherization procedure

  • By grainne34 · New reply April 21, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • I am very anxious over this procedure. I have had several procedures where needle is inserted in groin area. No pain at all. However, I am most concerned about how much pain to insert needle for right ...

Severe MR and stage 4 lung disease

  • By GApeanut · New reply April 12, 2014
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  • We just learned that DH severe mitral valve regurgitation. He's 57 and also has stage 4 sarcoidosis in his lungs. His latest PFT was down to 23%, less than half of normal. He has been sick for a long ...


  • By Raelinda · New reply April 9, 2014
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  • Has anyone had a ct pulmonary angiogram ...

may i know if it is good to switch from atenolol to metoprolol

  • By AndyTse · New reply April 8, 2014
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  • I have taken Atenolol over 20 years, recently feeling my heat rate at rest can be 50, I am thinking of stopping that or changing to Metoprolol. It seems Metoprolol provides the same functions but it does ...

Mammogram advice

  • By cathi570 · New reply March 27, 2014
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  • I have not been able to bring myself to have a mammogram since my ICD implant in September of 2012. I am very thin and small breasted and mammograms were torture before I had the device. I just can't ...

OHS after Bilateral Mastectomy

  • By battylady · New reply March 25, 2014
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  • I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2010 and in 2011 OHS to repair aortic aneurism and replace aortic valve . Only five months after my OHS, I had one of the sternal wires rupture the left breast implant ...

6th Angiogram in less than 1 1/2 years

  • By Laurie01 · New reply March 15, 2014
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  • Well, had check in time was 2;00p.m. on Tuesday, so we got there about 1:30p.m. and checked in. They are remodeling in some spots in the hospital, so we went to a different floor for prep. As soon as ...

Mvd/cardiac autonomic neuropathy/and heart MRI

  • By kwisteenb · New reply March 12, 2014
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  • Hello I might have asked this before. Any of you had a heart MRI that didn't pick up on MVD or CAN. I had a negative one and I have such definite symptoms of angina and SOB, I'm wondering if they've got ...

Afraid of blood pressure going too low

  • By an_39 · New reply March 11, 2014
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  • I have recently increased my nifedipine dose from 30mg to 60 mg due to sever chest /jaw pain, and tonight, because I felt stressed out, I took 1mg of lorazepam. Now I'm worried that the latter would cause ...

Myocardial bridge and stents

  • By charliebob · New reply March 11, 2014
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  • Has anyone out there with a significant myocardial bridge over the left ventricle ever had a stent placed there? If so, could you share your experience? My wife's doctor has mentioned a stent if the blood ...

ICD and cold weather

  • By Kedmonds · New reply February 24, 2014
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  • I have had my ICD for almost 2 years. With the recent frigid cold temperatures I have noticed that my ICD area is sore. It is not the incision, it's actually right where the ICD is. Anyone else notice ...

Men who have scad

  • By califmom · New reply February 21, 2014
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  • I'm interested in finding what male/female patients with scad have done after being diagnosed with it. My son had scad 6 days ago February 10,2014. Just 10 days after his 49th birthday. It happened in ...

Failed treadmill test. What next? :/

  • By Kim1959 · New reply February 16, 2014
  • 19 replies
  • Hello All, Well, I started my treadmill test and once it went uphill (you know about that, right?) and faster...I said, "STOP PLEASE!" because I couldn't keep up with it. The tech said, "well, I was just ...

cardiovascular autonomic disease

  • By kwisteenb · Posted February 16, 2014
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  • Does anyone know if this would show up on a heart MRI. Am at risk of this condition and I've heard that they are reluctant to treat it. Christine ...

Must see! Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

  • By martzj · New reply February 14, 2014
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  • A good time to revisit this tremendously informative talk by a leading pioneer in female heart care. I never tire of this one! About 16 minutes. Lots of visuals and well explained phenomena in female ...


  • By suzyjane · New reply February 10, 2014
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  • does anyone here take Tikosyn for A FIB? thanks Suzy 66 ...

All Cardiac Test Normal

  • By bicbic65 · New reply February 4, 2014
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  • Hello Everyone, I have mainly been lurking about, and finding excellent information. This past Friday I had a tilt table test (to rule out POTS) the Dr. told me I passed the test. I have had EKG, Echocardiogram ...


  • By JEAN45 · New reply February 3, 2014
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  • has anyone had surgery for hocm if so where thanks ...


  • By chantelr · New reply January 26, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • Has anyone out there ever have a pericadectomy? What's your take on the procedure? Any advice? Help ...

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