Coronary bypass second opinion
Here is my situation:
Male 62.5. 6ft, 195 lb. HBP – no. High cholestoral – yes. Diabetes – no.
Exercise – Yes. Smoke – yes. 2-3 cigars /week. Never smoked cigarettes.
Few months ago I had a cardiac treadmill stress test.
Which I had just cause I wanted one: had no symptoms. But I do have a history of high cholesteral and family history of CAD.
Had no difficulty doing the test (9 mins 135 bps), but a little ‘blip’ appeared for a just a few seconds.
So, my regular Doc sent me to a cardiologist.
Cardiologist did not even think I should have had the stress test, since I had no symptoms……… but since I did: he ordered a Coronary CT scan (which my insurance refused to cover at first (lack of symptoms), but the cardiologist got them to agree))
The CT scan showed some blockages.
Next up, had heart cath (angiogram). This showed 2 blockages. Cardiologist did not do anything (angioplasty/stent) because 1 blockages was, he said, 100%.
Still no answer as to why, if I have a 100% blockage, I have no symptoms (agina, short of breath, tiredness, etc, etc….even upon exertion: walking biking, mowing, etc.).
But……my next stop: Cardiac surgeon – August 4th. Who I am SURE is going to recommend by-pass surgery.
If that is the case, I want to be able to get a 2nd opinion.
Does Mayo do those for my situation.