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Sun, Aug 2 10:01am · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

I am so sorry you are going through all of this. I don't know where you live but some states have opened up hospitals and MD's offices for procedures. Perhaps you could drive to a neighboring state for testing? I think you might feel better with an inperson visit with a consulting electrophysiologist. I wish you good luck in getting this straightened out.

Mon, Jul 27 12:56pm · Nuclear stress test and ascending thoracic aneurysm 4.8 cm in Aortic Aneurysms

The way it works for me is that my cardiologist orders the test and the radiologist follows those orders. If you have been prescribed a chemical stress test by your cardio and the radiologist doesn't think that is safe, I think you need to go back to your cardiologist to discuss.

I have always understood that AFib is a (very) rapid heartbeat, not missed beats. I think missed beats are not as serious as AFib but this is another discussion to have with your cardio.

And in the meantime, I would follow direction to not exercise or lift even 25 lbs.

This is a learning process for all of us and I always make a list of issues I don't understand or questions I have.

I wish you good luck with all of this. You will feel better once you have more details.

Donna

Thu, Jul 23 12:22pm · Nuclear stress test and ascending thoracic aneurysm 4.8 cm in Aortic Aneurysms

It is my understanding that the chemical stress test is given when a physical stress test might put the patient at risk. I don't know if it is "safe" but it was developed to be safer than the physical stress test. Good luck with your testing.

Tue, Jul 21 12:28pm · After heart failure: How is your life different? in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Dave, I think the sternumotoly might be to access your heart valve/aneurysm for repair. I suggest temporarily modifying your incredible sport and exercise regimen until after your Mayo consult and possible surgery. Yoga can be quite challenging and a great exercise although likely not as adrenaline pumping as some of the things you have been doing. Power walking, bike rail trail riding, hiking more gentle slopes without a bike on your back might be worth discussion with your Mayo cardio surgeon. I wish you well and a positive discussion with your Mayo consult MD.

Mon, Jun 15 2:06pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Gwen, I think that young man you were dating was not worth your time. Even without your health issue, he wouldn't have been a good husband. He sounds narcissistic. So don't let that memory haunt you. I think you "dodged a bullet" when he left although it must have been heart breaking when it happened.

I am guessing you are in your 60's now and probably your life is slowing down anyway. I don't know why any of your casual acquaintances need know of your heart issue. If an activity is suggested that you don't think is wise for you, just say "I don't think I am up for that". You don't need to provide any more information than that. I freely explain "I have heart disease" but I don't give details except to my close friends.

I wish you good luck, a quiet and enjoyable life and someone who loves you despite your heart issue. Really, that young man was an idiot and you were better off without him.

Donna

Fri, Jun 12 1:40pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

Hooray for you!

Wishing you happiness!

Sat, Jun 6 12:04pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Grandchild,

I think your aneurysm is well below the criteria for repair and unless you are very unusual, it will be years until it reaches that point. There are medications to slow the growth and and if it ever does reach the surgical threshold, you will have the surgery. I suggest you not put your life or your budding relationship on hold.

I have always felt that the difference between me and the next person is that I know what I have going on, they may not. When I was first diagnosed, a "friend" said that I was the first of our group to be seriously ill and . . . . She has since died of lung cancer. The fact that you know about this issue is a huge benefit to your longevity.

So, carry on with your life, do the things that make you happy, don't limit yourself except in lifting and straining.

Best wishes,
Donna

Sat, Jun 6 11:41am · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Grandchild, I am sorry you have been having all these issues thrust on you, all at one time. That must be overwhelming. The good news is that your aneurysm was found before you were in serious trouble. The size and rate of growth will be monitored and if it grows sufficiently to require repair, you will be ready. Sometimes these aneurysms grow extremely slowly and never need repair. So, don't be discouraged and consider it fortunate that you and your cardiologist are now aware of this issue. My aneurysm was diagnosed about 13 years ago and it has hardly grown at all. But when first diagnosed, like you, I thought it would "blow" any day. It didn't.

Your cardiologist will give you advice on limiting lifting heavy items or straining in any way. For me, the limit is 25 lbs. and I am careful to stay well below that.

I wish you good health and a very slow growth on the aneurysm.

Donna