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Don Gilmore
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Chronic Total Occlusion

Posted by @donnieg, Aug 2, 2017

Interested in anyone who has had surgical procedure to open arteries that are totally occluded.

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Up to 7 stents now. 6 in groin/legs and one in heart. I have a Gene mutation that makes my blood thicken. I’m on heavy doses of blood thinners. I’m alive and well. Blessed.

@pamelaann1

Up to 7 stents now. 6 in groin/legs and one in heart. I have a Gene mutation that makes my blood thicken. I’m on heavy doses of blood thinners. I’m alive and well. Blessed.

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Wow-Wowee! You are truly a “Bionic Woman” swimming the good fight of the DNA “Dice Roll” in your end of the “Gene Pool.” I am impressed with your positiveness, and great attitude regarding living with & around your malady.

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@pamelaann1

Up to 7 stents now. 6 in groin/legs and one in heart. I have a Gene mutation that makes my blood thicken. I’m on heavy doses of blood thinners. I’m alive and well. Blessed.

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Thank you. How about you?

@pamelaann1

Up to 7 stents now. 6 in groin/legs and one in heart. I have a Gene mutation that makes my blood thicken. I’m on heavy doses of blood thinners. I’m alive and well. Blessed.

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@pamelaann1 – I synopsize myself as a “Sailor Technologist.” As I bang this out, I am cruising “Flat, Straight & Normal” at nearly 76½ trips around the sun, with three All-Expense Paid Government Tours over and in “Indo-China Garden Spots” logged in my BioCV. “I Have Flown Down In The Valley, Looked The Grim Reaper In The Eye & Made Him Blink First.” The Lord and my Warrior Brethren & Sistren have been very, very good to, smiled on, and continue to bless my beauteous wife and I.

As regards “Positiveness” and “Great Attitude,” I am there in spades…24/7/365.

In the Grand Scheme of Personal Health & Wellness, I received a most excellent DNA “Dice Roll,” and have lived the multiple-decades of my life via clean “Straight-Arrow” living, ala the “Okie From Muskogee” life model. My 1st Grade Chicago Catholic Grade School teacher, Sister Mary Agnes of the Sisters of Blessed Kunegunda “Penguins” Order, would be proud of me.

Knock on wood, I am in excellent health, but I am in “Old Health.” I “Donated My Ears & Hearing ” FLYING NAVY – NAVAL AVIATION. To date, all I have been afflicted with is BPH from living a testosterone-fueled life resulting in an Über Testosterone-Marinated Prostate, which one of Mayo Clinic MCF’s Top Uro-Docs “Fixed” via a 100% Successful, No Side-Effects TURP operation. My “Her Royal Nibs” bride of 55-years is similarly in excellent health, but is likewise in “Old Health.” We both consider ourselves very fortunate.

When I see folks here on Mayo Connect with multiple serious, and painful health problems, I am left a bit breathless to see them “Keep, Keep, Keeping On Truckin’.”

I am actively participating on Mayo Connect on the chance that “@Catgic’s 2¢ Worth” will be of value to someone visiting this http://www.site.

For The Record, I come highly recommended by Mayo Connect’s, @predictable. Quote @predictable, “You’re a hoot, @catgic!”

@pamelaann1

Up to 7 stents now. 6 in groin/legs and one in heart. I have a Gene mutation that makes my blood thicken. I’m on heavy doses of blood thinners. I’m alive and well. Blessed.

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For the record @catgic I would add that your prose is almost as impenetrable on first reading as poetry. But the trouble is worth it. Stay at it! Martin

thanks pamelaann1, did you have the vascular procedure with the probe along the arterial wall to open totally occluded arteries to then get the stents in place? I have had CBS and now the grafts are totally blocked. working on one functioning artery from bypass. also have stents in femoral artery. weighing option for the procedure to open artery to insert stents but cardiologist is saying it is high risk. they don’t want to do another bypass for risk of losing the one functioning artery.

I’m new to this but I’m not seeing how anyone other than pamelaann1 has anything to contribute to my initial post. Do you all have CTO?

@pamelaann1

Up to 7 stents now. 6 in groin/legs and one in heart. I have a Gene mutation that makes my blood thicken. I’m on heavy doses of blood thinners. I’m alive and well. Blessed.

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@predictable – This is because it is written interleaved with the De Catgician Code to make it a pseudo-intelligence test.

@donnieg

I’m new to this but I’m not seeing how anyone other than pamelaann1 has anything to contribute to my initial post. Do you all have CTO?

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@donnieg – Do not be impatient…this is a MayoClinic Connect “Hose Connection” to the Worldwide Web, after all. Someone will eventually wander in here to “Contribute” to your initial post.

The rest of us blathering, chitchatting “Non-Contributors” are here to let you know we saw, read your post, and are here for you.

TY @catgic I appreciate the clarification, however, I didn’t join the group for the fun of it and don’t have time for unrelated junk. I thought that being an arm of Mayo Clinic that it would have integrity and that someone in this sphere would have a similar health experience to share so I could learn and get help with my decision on the procedure.

Welcome to Connect @donnieg, and @pamelaann1,

We’re sincerely glad that you’ve joined us; thank you so much for posting your questions in this group. This is what Mayo Clinic Connect is all about: meeting others with similar experiences, sharing your journey, and learning from and supporting each other.

Here are a few discussions that you may wish to view:
– Clogged arteries at 86 yrs. old https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/clogged-arteries-at-86-yrs-old/
– Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement:: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/aortic-valve-calcification/– What are the best methods for removing plaque from the artery? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-are-the-best-methods-for-removing-plaque-from-the-artery-what/
– husband’s open heart surgery https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/husbands-open-heart-surgery/

There are quite a number of Connect members who can share their experiences with you. I’m tagging @thankful @scottb @cynaburst @contender1 @HeartPatches @ronbee @llecrup @lyndamm @swanny @callalily74 @michael123 @yarrum @elvandi g @jackj @uncbball @contender1 @jc2buds to please join this conversation. I hope you can give @donnieg some insight.

We look forward to getting to know each of you better. @donnieg, may I ask what medications you are taking? @pamelaann1, would you share a bit more about the gene mutation you mentioned?

@donnieg

TY @catgic I appreciate the clarification, however, I didn’t join the group for the fun of it and don’t have time for unrelated junk. I thought that being an arm of Mayo Clinic that it would have integrity and that someone in this sphere would have a similar health experience to share so I could learn and get help with my decision on the procedure.

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@donnieg – Dare I say, IMHO, you are making “Shoot From The Hip” erroneous judgment about the folks who join this Mayo Clinic Connect group or one of the other Mayo Clinic Connect groups. Sick people are not having “Fun.” Honestly shared, valid information and life experiences are not “Unrelated Junk.” One person’s “Junk” is another person’s “Treasure.”

I feel confident in saying that Mayo Clinic Connect members are on here to learn from group members, support and give aid to fragile, bad-health afflicted folks where they can, share bad-health-turned-to-good health stories and life experiences with the intent of helping people like you who are trying to gather data with which to make sound decisions, and deal with their degraded and degrading health condition(s).

Good luck in your pursuit of the rapid receipt of the “Arterial Surgery Procedure” information you seek.

@donnieg

TY @catgic I appreciate the clarification, however, I didn’t join the group for the fun of it and don’t have time for unrelated junk. I thought that being an arm of Mayo Clinic that it would have integrity and that someone in this sphere would have a similar health experience to share so I could learn and get help with my decision on the procedure.

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Thanks again Catgic! I am not making judgement about anyone and I certainly agree that VALID INFORMATION and life experiences are important and that is exactly what I was hoping to find here. It appears you may be here for something else more self gratifying. I believe above you mentioned blathering, chitchatting, non-contributors and I really don’t have time for that. My post states I am interested in others with Chronic Total Occlusion. Is this something you are even familiar with? If not, please save your blathering chitchat for others who can appreciate it. I’m sure it does have value to those without hope. You seem like a nice person but I have many friends and I am not here for the social media aspect. I sincerely appreciate your kind wishes in my persuit. Best to you as well!

@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect @donnieg, and @pamelaann1,

We’re sincerely glad that you’ve joined us; thank you so much for posting your questions in this group. This is what Mayo Clinic Connect is all about: meeting others with similar experiences, sharing your journey, and learning from and supporting each other.

Here are a few discussions that you may wish to view:
– Clogged arteries at 86 yrs. old https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/clogged-arteries-at-86-yrs-old/
– Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement:: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/aortic-valve-calcification/– What are the best methods for removing plaque from the artery? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-are-the-best-methods-for-removing-plaque-from-the-artery-what/
– husband’s open heart surgery https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/husbands-open-heart-surgery/

There are quite a number of Connect members who can share their experiences with you. I’m tagging @thankful @scottb @cynaburst @contender1 @HeartPatches @ronbee @llecrup @lyndamm @swanny @callalily74 @michael123 @yarrum @elvandi g @jackj @uncbball @contender1 @jc2buds to please join this conversation. I hope you can give @donnieg some insight.

We look forward to getting to know each of you better. @donnieg, may I ask what medications you are taking? @pamelaann1, would you share a bit more about the gene mutation you mentioned?

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Thanks Kanaaz, I appreciate your help in referencing me to others with similar issues.
My Medications are Lipitor, Atenolol, Amlodipine, and Isosorbide as well as a rescue nitro as needed. If necessary I can relate the dosages but I do not have them at hand other than the rescue nitro. I’d expressly like to hear from others with CTO and specifically anyone that has had the procedure with the probe to create an opening for angioplasty.

@donnieg – Thanks for your kind likes! My issue was the widow maker HA just a 1/2 hr. after exercising. I had no previous concerns so this came out of no where. Unfortunately it took them awhile to determine I was having a very serious HA and although the cardiologist was able to insert a stent in my LAD because it was 100% blocked for a few hrs. I am left with an EF of 35%. I am thankful for what he was able to do for me, but if there is ever a next time I will be sure to call an ambulance rather than take a 1/2 hr. drive to the hospital. as you saw in the post you liked I am on 40 mg. of Simvastatin, 2.5 mg. of Lisinopril, 50 mg. of Metoprolol Succinate & 81 mg. aspirin. I had taken Plavex as a blood thinner for the 1st year after my HA, but felt that I was doing well enough to take me off.
I hope you continue to ask lots of questions, do your research and listen to your cardiologist getting a 2nd opinion if something seems fuzzy.
Be well @thankful.

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