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#1 miocean

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:34 AM

I am scheduled for surgery Thursday afternoon. Hopefully there won't be any blockages and I will be able to go home that night. If there is a blockage and they have to put a stent in I will have to stay over night.I am having the procedure due to an abnormal stress test and difficulty breathing. Although I have Interstitial Lung Disease my sclero specialist and pulmonologist say my lungs haven't changed in a year so they don't think it is my lungs. Last year I had an abnormal stress test and had a heart catherization and there were no blockages so hopefully this year will be a repeat.

Do you have any experience with stents? My sister has one and she said it hurt like crazy to have it put in but that other people she knows had no problem.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:40 PM

In 2003, after experiencing palpitations and an abnormal stress test/EKG, I had to have a cardiac stent inserted in the main artery which was 90% closed. My cardiologist told me it was not Scleroderma related.

I did not have any pain from the procedure. Just a little discomfort. I also had to have an ablation, which was performed a couple of days later.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 06:19 AM

JBG,

I am glad you didn't experience pain with the insertion of the stent. It is reassuring. What is an ablation?

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 07:35 AM

miocean,
A cardiac ablation is when they go into the heart and kill select tissue using high heat from a radio frequency source. the tissue that they target are electrical points of the heart's electrical system. This is normally performed due to some type of arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation or rhythm. I had one done a couple of years ago and it was probably the most unpleasant thing I've ever had done and then it didn't work so the pain was not worth it!

I've never had stents, but a friend has had one and she said it was a no brainer and didn't hurt at all. Good luck tomorrow. We'll be thinking of you.
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:58 AM

miocean, friends and relatives of mine have had stents inserted in arteries and not complained of any significant pain during or after the process. They all have said that they felt MUCH better after the stents were in place. Good luck!
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:41 PM

Good luck Miocean

I hope your procedure is over and done with quickly and that you feel nothing at all/not even a little discomfort....we'll be thinking about you and waiting to hear back. :flowers:
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:07 AM

I just returned from the hospital after the cardiac catherization. Everything went well with the the procedure. I have no blockages in my arteries so there was no need to worry about a stent. I do have minor pulmonary hypertension and the right side of my heart's pressure was 45% instead of 50% but the doctor said that was nothing to worry about. I had to stay overnight at the hospital because I had to lay flat on my back for five hours and then it was to late to go home. They took me to dialysis early this morning and then released me early in the afternoon. I had forgotten how bad hospital food is! I should be ok to have a kidney transplant from a cardiac standpoint.

Thanks to all who replied. The mystery now is what is causing the shortness of breath. The next issue is for another post.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:08 AM

Miocean, glad to hear that you have the go ahead for your next surgery. Let us know when you get the call.
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