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Aug 25, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

Sorry, I meant to say Hi Kanaaz, (wireless keyboard) Thank you for the reference. I did read the article and there is quite a lot of medical terms I don’t understand but it does appear that the procedure has undergone many advancements in the last two years. What I learned most from it was to find the right PCI Operator who has performed more than 300 or does 50+ per year. I printed the article so I can reread it a few times and hopefully digest it further. Thanks again for your help!

Aug 25, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

I Kanaaz, Thanks for the note,
I have not recently read any updates on the procedure, I will check this out. I have been informed that the technology is getting progressively better. Cardio can do another bypass but there is a risk of losing the graft on the one Mammary artery that is still functioning. I would still like to hear from anyone who has had this PCI procedure, preferably recently, to learn about the experience and outcomes. Should I set another post for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention? Maybe that will be more direct since it involves the procedure rather than the condition.

Aug 25, 2017 · Supplements vs statins - which is more effective? in Heart & Blood Health

elio, the current protocol for high cholesterol is to attack it as aggressively as possible to get it as low as possible. You are doing all of the right things with your diet. The main thing is to stay away from processed foods and empty carbs. Because your job is sedentary, I would suggest an easy daily exercise routine not for weight control but more for vascular health. walking/jogging for an hour, biking etc. Also stay away from refined sugars. Sugars are what scar your artery walls and help the cholesterol stick to them and build up. DO NOT SMOKE. DO NOT SMOKE. DO NOT SMOKE. DO NOT SMOKE.
Adding a statin is also a good idea have been on high dose for almost 20 yrs with no noticeable side effects. Don’t get too caught up in supplements as they are very expensive and not extensively proven effective. I do take Vit D 2000 mg/dy, Fish Oil 3000 or more/dy and a multi vitamin to make sure I don’t have any deficiencies that may be created by my prescription meds. I urge you to get your cholesterol under control. This is something that builds up over time and will definitely cause huge problems for you later in life. I had my first triple bypass at age 44 and now my arteries are totally clogged again everywhere. The Cardiologist says I have a condition called Chronic Total Occlusion. Many other conditions can arise from bad heart and vascular health. I learned my lessons late in life. You are 25 and have a much better chance of avoiding huge problems down the road.

Aug 5, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

thanks pamelaann1, I have not had a heart attack but did have a triple bypass at age 44. I am now 60 and all of my bypass grafts and the rest of my arteries other than the mammary artery used for the bypass are 100% occluded. I’d never heard of CTO until my cardiologist told me of the condition. Apparently it is mostly genetic but my lifestyle has contributed to much of it as I was a smoker until my bypass and I also struggle with weight control. Fortunately, I still have never had the dreaded heart attack. The prescribed Isosorbide (continuous release nitro) is working but we have had to double the dose after the first few months. I have nearly constant pressure and slight pain in my face and jaws as well as my chest. The surgeon says there is a procedure to open a small pinhole between the artery wall and the blockage with a fine probe to then open the blockage and insert a stent. High risk because there is no way to get to the artery other than through smaller capillary channels and then the risk of puncturing the artery wall exists during the procedure as well as clots breaking loose. I’m trying to discover if there is anyone out there who can relate to this procedure. I have tried to learn what is available online but it is all about trial development and success failure ratios and advancement in technologies. I would really like to hear from someone who has done this and see how they are doing after any amount of time. Thanks so much for taking time to reply to my post. I appreciate your perspective on the life issues and am sorry to hear you have had to deal with so much pain…………DG

Aug 3, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

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.

Aug 3, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

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!

Aug 3, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

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.

Aug 2, 2017 · Chronic Total Occlusion in Heart & Blood Health

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?