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  • STEAMER
    STEAMER
    28 days ago
    Wello, i have had 2 heart attacks. Both times Hospital given me the all clear  go to my Cardiologist, have an Angiogram to find first was 75% blockage, 2nd was 95+% blockage.  Dont get fobbed off. Demand an Angiogram  ask if the can go in via wrist, this way alot easier. As through groin, you cant do anything physical for  3 months as chance of plug moving and bleed to death in minutes.
      Good luck with it all.
     
  • Daffy
    Daffy
    28 days ago
    Quoting STEAMER on 01 Oct 2020 07:42 PM

    Wello, i have had 2 heart attacks. Both times Hospital given me the all clear  go to my Cardiologist, have an Angiogram to find first was 75% blockage, 2nd was 95+% blockage.  Dont get fobbed off. Demand an Angiogram  ask if the can go in via wrist, this way alot easier. As through groin, you cant do anything physical for  3 months as chance of plug moving and bleed to death in minutes.

      Good luck with it all.
     

    Yes definitely in the wrist! I had 4 blockages. Only showed up in an angiogram.  Good luck
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    28 days ago
    Quoting STEAMER on 01 Oct 2020 07:42 PM

    Wello, i have had 2 heart attacks. Both times Hospital given me the all clear  go to my Cardiologist, have an Angiogram to find first was 75% blockage, 2nd was 95+% blockage.  Dont get fobbed off. Demand an Angiogram  ask if the can go in via wrist, this way alot easier. As through groin, you cant do anything physical for  3 months as chance of plug moving and bleed to death in minutes.

      Good luck with it all.
     

    thanks for that Steamer!! Good info for all I'd say.
  • softfat
    softfat
    28 days ago
    Wello
    Like Daffy, I too passed a stress test with 4 blockages, 2 x 100%, 1 x 86% and 1 x 68%. Stress echo (putting the heart under load) after the stress test showed a problem and the angiogram confirmed it. Three stents later (still have 1 x 100%blockage) and I passed a medical to go back to my safety critical job.
    The angiogram, where they introduce dye into your blood stream while watching monitors and you're fully awake, shows the blockages. Strangest feeling when the dye goes in, you feel as though you are shitting yourself and you get a wave of warmth shooting around your body. Anybody else get that feeling? 
    Anyway, they have come along way these days with blockages and the clearing of them. 
    Good luck buddy.

    Soft...
  • JR888
    JR888
    28 days ago
    Fully support all the comments recommending Angiogram. I stuffed around with doctors for 12 months before finally got to see a Cardiologist who said he would explore with an Angiogram just to see what was going on. When I came too, I was told he only just got there in time - I had a 99% blockage in the Left Anterior Descending Artery. Lights could have gone out at any time.

  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    28 days ago

    Mine, 2013, 2 stents end to end, only symptom I had was I was always buggered, by 2 in the arvo I needed to sit and rest, sneaks up on you, get tested if you suspect anything, was 48 at the time.
  • robnicko
    robnicko
    28 days ago
    Quoting STEAMER on 01 Oct 2020 07:42 PM

    Wello, i have had 2 heart attacks. Both times Hospital given me the all clear  go to my Cardiologist, have an Angiogram to find first was 75% blockage, 2nd was 95+% blockage.  Dont get fobbed off. Demand an Angiogram  ask if the can go in via wrist, this way alot easier. As through groin, you cant do anything physical for  3 months as chance of plug moving and bleed to death in minutes.

      Good luck with it all.
     

    I had an angiogram through the wrist and didnt feel a thing. bloody amazing what they can do

    I posted my story on the HD Forum a while back and will find it & link below soon - ive since had a cardiac ablation done which appears to have been successful as my heart hasnt skipped a beat since and have started reducing the meds which is great
    here is my story below,

    Its a scary thing cause I went through a similar thing on Melb cup day 2017
    Basically I was sneezing & coughing alot leading up to Cup Day and thought it was hayfever as i do suffer from that and to say more than a few words without coughing was seldom.
    I had woken up on Cup Day at about 3am with breathing difficulty however as soon as I sat up it  cleared and I went off back to sleep (I was too find out later on that this was blood pooling in my lungs)
    Anyway, my wife convinced me (stubborn Taurus) to go to the ER just to make sure as the hayfever tablets didnt seem to be working and the cough was getting worse.
     It was a nice sunny day so was looking forward to going for a ride after lunch when I got home. this wasnt to be

    I never felt or noticed that my heart was racing but when I got to the ER,  my pulse was hovering around 180 just sitting down, I just felt a bit tired / lethargic however
    within a couple of minutes I was on a bed with tubes stuck in me and meds to reduce the heart rate however it didnt get down below 100 for four days. The shock paddles were brought over and thats when I got really nervous however didnt need them but they stayed right next to my bed.
    I remember watching the monitor and it would come down to say 125 and then start racing again. 198 was the most I remember seeing but for most of the time was around 140.
    It was 4 days later that they could accurately do a scan (apparently when racing its difficult or inaccurate.i dont know)
    They said my heart had enlarged almost 50% and the beat was irregular / sporatic. - Atrial Fibrilation
    They asked if I was coughing up blood as my lungs were pooling with blood but I wasnt, it was one of those dry coughs and after spending that week in the cardiology ward I can tell you its a certain type sounding cough as I heard others with it.
    I had the tube in my arm into my heart and my arteries were clear and still are as i get checked every 3 months. I really thought there'd be a blockage as I love my food.
    Like you I am on a bag of what I call 'tic-tacs'.

    All blood tests kept coming back fine.

    Jan 28 2018 I woke up feeling 1000% better. My heartbeat had returned to normal, sinus rhythm
    Its hard to describe but imagine a misfiring engine that all of a sudden clears up and just goes.

    My heart has since returned to normal size by June 2018 and maintained a regular rhythm to the point where im now on about 25% med dosage which is great cause it causes a bit of the shakes and occasional blurred vision which is a bit of a pain in the arse but better than being 6foot under and since reducing the meds appears to be settling down.

    In hindsight I remember saying to my wife ' i dont understand why im gaining weight when im doing all this riding and eating normally'  The weight gain was due to fluid retention as when the heart doesnt beat properly the other organs seem to be affected. I came out of the hospital a week later and 8kg lighter

    I exercise regularly & mountain biking is my main thing along with dirt biking (trail)

    I was away on the melb cup long weekend trailriding in the Vic High Country and coughing putting it down to the dust from bikes ahead.

    I was told Im lucky I came in when I did as it was only a matter of time, maybe a day or two

    Stress is what did it to me
     
    take care

    rob

  • Baloffski
    Baloffski
    28 days ago
    Sheesh, am 65 and just getting back on my feet , Back issue horendous, now spraind ankle left. But fuck it you guys been through worse than me. Took the Harley for a full squirt this arvo, afta nana nap, hit 2010KPH and fucken breath of fresh air made me live again. Thanks for talking positive and thanks to ma Harley for giving me a shot in the arm... Live life, sensibly but fucken live it. That air down the gob at 210 K,s is worthiy]t
    Be aware but do it. Only prob had has putting side stande , sprained ankle, -aint oe thing gotto be somethin else.. take cccare.
  • steelo
    steelo
    28 days ago
    Thanks for your stories fellas. It’s the symptoms you describe which if remembered by other forum members may just save their lives. Well done. Great to see the angiogram snaps. You may remember I reported my Heart scare story in 2019 and had plenty of support from you all. Keep it up. 
  • rick k
    rick k
    28 days ago
    Quoting STEAMER on 01 Oct 2020 07:42 PM

    Wello, i have had 2 heart attacks. Both times Hospital given me the all clear  go to my Cardiologist, have an Angiogram to find first was 75% blockage, 2nd was 95+% blockage.  Dont get fobbed off. Demand an Angiogram  ask if the can go in via wrist, this way alot easier. As through groin, you cant do anything physical for  3 months as chance of plug moving and bleed to death in minutes.

      Good luck with it all.
     

    Quoting robnicko on 02 Oct 2020 09:49 AMedited: 02 Oct 2020 09:54 AM

    I had an angiogram through the wrist and didnt feel a thing. bloody amazing what they can do

    I posted my story on the HD Forum a while back and will find it & link below soon - ive since had a cardiac ablation done which appears to have been successful as my heart hasnt skipped a beat since and have started reducing the meds which is great
    here is my story below,

    Its a scary thing cause I went through a similar thing on Melb cup day 2017
    Basically I was sneezing & coughing alot leading up to Cup Day and thought it was hayfever as i do suffer from that and to say more than a few words without coughing was seldom.
    I had woken up on Cup Day at about 3am with breathing difficulty however as soon as I sat up it  cleared and I went off back to sleep (I was too find out later on that this was blood pooling in my lungs)
    Anyway, my wife convinced me (stubborn Taurus) to go to the ER just to make sure as the hayfever tablets didnt seem to be working and the cough was getting worse.
     It was a nice sunny day so was looking forward to going for a ride after lunch when I got home. this wasnt to be

    I never felt or noticed that my heart was racing but when I got to the ER,  my pulse was hovering around 180 just sitting down, I just felt a bit tired / lethargic however
    within a couple of minutes I was on a bed with tubes stuck in me and meds to reduce the heart rate however it didnt get down below 100 for four days. The shock paddles were brought over and thats when I got really nervous however didnt need them but they stayed right next to my bed.
    I remember watching the monitor and it would come down to say 125 and then start racing again. 198 was the most I remember seeing but for most of the time was around 140.
    It was 4 days later that they could accurately do a scan (apparently when racing its difficult or inaccurate.i dont know)
    They said my heart had enlarged almost 50% and the beat was irregular / sporatic. - Atrial Fibrilation
    They asked if I was coughing up blood as my lungs were pooling with blood but I wasnt, it was one of those dry coughs and after spending that week in the cardiology ward I can tell you its a certain type sounding cough as I heard others with it.
    I had the tube in my arm into my heart and my arteries were clear and still are as i get checked every 3 months. I really thought there'd be a blockage as I love my food.
    Like you I am on a bag of what I call 'tic-tacs'.

    All blood tests kept coming back fine.

    Jan 28 2018 I woke up feeling 1000% better. My heartbeat had returned to normal, sinus rhythm
    Its hard to describe but imagine a misfiring engine that all of a sudden clears up and just goes.

    My heart has since returned to normal size by June 2018 and maintained a regular rhythm to the point where im now on about 25% med dosage which is great cause it causes a bit of the shakes and occasional blurred vision which is a bit of a pain in the arse but better than being 6foot under and since reducing the meds appears to be settling down.

    In hindsight I remember saying to my wife ' i dont understand why im gaining weight when im doing all this riding and eating normally'  The weight gain was due to fluid retention as when the heart doesnt beat properly the other organs seem to be affected. I came out of the hospital a week later and 8kg lighter

    I exercise regularly & mountain biking is my main thing along with dirt biking (trail)

    I was away on the melb cup long weekend trailriding in the Vic High Country and coughing putting it down to the dust from bikes ahead.

    I was told Im lucky I came in when I did as it was only a matter of time, maybe a day or two

    Stress is what did it to me
     
    take care

    rob

    A similar story Rob although I have no fear of when my time comes . Back during the early 90s I picked up a strange non stop cough , the doctor put me on theophylline which didn’t cure it . One night fed up with the condition continually coughing for weeks on end I drank 1/2 a bottle of jack Daniel and popped 6 theophylline tablets thinking it would knock it out  but all it did was give me a cardiac arrest at 7 am the following morning while I was at work . Luckily a colleague was driving me back to the cross where I lived and on the way it came on in the way of sweating then my heart beating like a drum faster till I passed out n his car . We were not far from Darlinghurst st Vincent’s I have no recollection of . Till coming to I was looking down on myself in the hospital theatre getting electricity pads and doctors, nurses ,,, I could see everything from where I was watching . Floating above the operating theatre i was at total peace and a feeling of indescribable deep relaxation flooded my feelings . This could have lasted 5 seconds then abruptly I was conscious again . 
    I’ve suffered from high blood pressure as well during my life though through keeping my weight down have avoided the pressure tablets . Recently my doctor put me on them but I’ve stopped using as they only puff me out and give me head spins ,,, not recommended if riding a motorcycle . So I’m back to weight loss , nil alcohol misery . I’m 66 ,,,,
    Rick k

  • wello
    wello
    27 days ago
    jeez we are a  healthy bunch ay !!!! .. as for me im still waiting to do tests so no real news but thanks for all the well wishes and sharing your experiences guys .. much appreciated : ))
  • robnicko
    robnicko
    27 days ago
    youll be right Wello,

    these things lurk in the background unnoticed unfortunately - just look at the yellow wiggle earlier this year - he had no symptoms

    its a message for everyone to get checked once a year, FFS - blood test is just like a mozzie bite and most other tests the same yet can be the difference

    I have since become so aware of how my heart is 'running' as I was unaware I had an irregular heartbeat leading up to Cup Day 2017 - i was 47 then and had no inkling of an irregular beat, now its in proper sinus rhythm and is night & day difference - no blockages etc - just stress - effing stress and going for a ride on the harley is one of the best things to take your mind away from it all
  • rick k
    rick k
    27 days ago
    Wello , the heart is more resilient than you think , it’s the other body parts that need caring for . I’m gonna beat having to take BP tablets ,  less in the mouth , alcohol in moderation ( this is the hardest) but no other choices . We can all do it with a conscious effort .
  • Baloffski
    Baloffski
    27 days ago
    Hospital , best thing I remembered after 2 months in , was  the nurses, owweee, after 8 weeks of Sat Pizza night and VB , bottom fridge, with JB top shelf fridge and those lovely beautiful nurses kept my going.  . big gong to those ladies and blokes , nursing fuck yeah, saved my bacon..
  • wello
    wello
    19 days ago
    g,day all .. glad to be back online again : )

    meanwhile back at the ranch !.. had some tests and its been discovered i have a leaking heart valve .. so dr,s again tommo to find out how bad and if or what can be done about it : )
  • keith
    keith
    19 days ago
    Good to here some progress Wello, we may loose our forum friends it appears ? Cheers.
  • Soapbox2627
    Soapbox2627
    19 days ago

    Good luck with it Wello, some good news will be welcome

    I go for surgery Friday 06:30, not heart related but will hopefully return me to health

  • rick k
    rick k
    19 days ago
    Quoting wello on 11 Oct 2020 11:55 AM

    g,day all .. glad to be back online again : )


    meanwhile back at the ranch !.. had some tests and its been discovered i have a leaking heart valve .. so dr,s again tommo to find out how bad and if or what can be done about it : )

    Gday wello , For what it’s worth , I’ve had a leaking heart valve for 40 years . Whilst it isn’t life threatening it’s worthwhile keeping an eye on it just in case . Mine is the valve thats not pumping out all the blood  , it’s been like this since 40 years ago so I’ve lived with it to no detriment on my lifestyle . 
    Rick 
  • rick k
    rick k
    19 days ago
    Quoting wello on 11 Oct 2020 11:55 AM

    g,day all .. glad to be back online again : )


    meanwhile back at the ranch !.. had some tests and its been discovered i have a leaking heart valve .. so dr,s again tommo to find out how bad and if or what can be done about it : )

    Gday wello , For what it’s worth , I’ve had a leaking heart valve for 40 years . Whilst it isn’t life threatening it’s worthwhile keeping an eye on it just in case . Mine is the valve thats not pumping out all the blood  , it’s been like this since 40 years ago so I’ve lived with it to no detriment on my lifestyle . 
    Rick 
  • Jay-Dee
    Jay-Dee
    18 days ago
    Good to see you posting Wello.

    One thing they do is replace them with pigs heart valves, if they do that I hope you don't start snorting or have an uncontrollable urge to roll in the mud. All the best, I hope you can get it sorted and get back to full speed.
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