My son was born with pulmonary stenosis which was classified as critical. He had ballooning/Cath/vulvoplasty at 3 days. At our follow up appt at 5 months the cardiologist advised us his gradient has gone back up (what does this mean !?!?) and he will need a second balloonin/Cath. His condition is now classified as Moderate to severe.Does anyone have a similar story, advice or know of someone (child or adult) that has gone through this....what is the long term prognosis? I just feel so helpless as a mom....View Thread
I am in Very Severe Stenosis and Congestive Heart Failure Stage !!!..... My doctor wants me to go to Mayo to...
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I am in Very Severe Stenosis and Congestive Heart Failure Stage !!!..... My doctor wants me to go to Mayo to consult about minimally invasive surgery. I have Primary Immune Deficiency and I am on Immugoluline Infusions weekly and severe allergy/sentitivity/asthma that I am on steriods for. I also have diabetes and lung nodules and COPD from pollution. I am at peace with doing nothing, but there is not much medication to help me with symptoms because of my allergies. I tried Metroprolol on Sunday and got terrible heart pain and my heart rate was all over the place. I used oxygen and it calmed down. Later I got an asthma attack. So that wont work. I am wondering what others are taking for medication? Thank you so muchView Thread
My husband had five bypasses done 20 years ago and a couple of stints since then. Recently, it was determined that he needed to have his aortic valve replaced. He was 71 years old, worked 50-60 hours a week and played golf twice a week. He was in very good shape. The surgeon who performed the procedure came highly recommended. Unfortunately, while cutting through the sternum, there was a graf or more than one cut and he then went into cardiac arrest. Within two days he passed away from the procedure. We were never advised of this even being a remote scenario. Has anyone ever experienced anything such as this and please share your thought. My entire family is devestated.View Thread
Hi. Im Steve im 41 years old. I had a cardiac arrest 3 years ago and was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardio myopathy. August 2013 I was fitted with a ICD and pacemaker. Everything has been fine and ive been living a normal life. Then in February of this year I started feeling unwell with lack of breath dizziness passing out and nausea. After numerous visits to A&E and GPs and hospital stays I was informed that I need a new heart. A total shock even to my cardiologist. Ive been put on various drugs to stabilise my condition. But im really struggling to come to terms with it as im unable to work or do anything remotely physical. Its putting a massive strain on my girlfriend too. I just dont know where to turn or what to do next. If any can recommend a support group near to me that would be really appreciated. I live in Solihull B93 area. Thank you.View Thread
Hi, Had extensive heart surgery on Mar.23,2015, aortic valve replaced, mitral valve repaired , bypass, atrium...
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Hi, Had extensive heart surgery on Mar.23,2015, aortic valve replaced, mitral valve repaired , bypass, atrium tightened, and a maze. Followed a week later by surgery to remove fluid buildup around the heart, followed by a pacemaker a week later. My question is I have been very emotional since the surgery which I was told to expect but it has been 10 weeks. I am still emotional at times i will cry for what my husband went through and times when one of my children tell me they love me I cry because someday i will leave. I have cried more since surgery than i have cried in the past 25 years. When will this roller coaster stop and Why have i become an emotional wreck, Any feed back will be greatly appreciated. Thanks JansboxerView Thread
I have used WebMD.com for many years but this is my first post to the WebMD community so let my start off by saying hello!
I have to admit something to you guys in order to ask my question. I hope you don't judge me and understand that I made a MAJOR mistake and I have certainly learned my lesson and have already sought out professional help to deal with it.
Let me start by saying that I am a 45 year old female who is not in very good shape (overweight, no exercise, eats bad, etc.). Recently I have been having trouble with lack of energy and I have been unable to do the most basic chores around my house (cleaning up, bills, etc.).
Some friends came over 4 nights ago and they had crystal meth so I decided to try it (I know I know, VERY stupid and like I said I won't do it again and I am already seeking out help). I did about 3-4 lines.
The next day while I was taking a nap all the sudden my back and shoulders became tight and numb. It was like I pulled every muscle in my back and shoulders! I immediately went to the ER and they did an EKG, CAT Scan (with contrast), and blood tests. Everything came back negative so they sent me home.
I was elated that nothing was wrong and my friends were still visiting me so I decided to do a couple more lines of meth (I KNOW STUPID!, I AM SORRY).
The next day i began having pains again but this time it was in my upper chest and shoulders and hurt like 10x more than the pain I had the day before. My arms and fingertips also felt numb and I felt a bit lightheaded.
I went back to the ER and they again did an EKG which came back negative but they did not do any other tests. I told them that I had done some more meth since the last visit but they said that they would not do another CAT scan due to the radiation exposure.
I spent the whole night in the ER hooked up to a blood pressure/heart machine. My pulse averaged about 100 bpm and my blood pressure around 170/110. The doctor told me that he wasn't too concerned with the readings so he sent me home. (He said it was probably anxiety causing the chest pain and gave me a few days worth of Xanax.)
It has been 3 days since the last ER visit any my chest is still hurting (radiating from bottom left of my abdomen to the center of my breasts). My muscles feel VERY tight and my chest feels a little numb.
I am concerned that I might have done damage to my heart (or had a dissection, etc.) but the damage occurred after my first visit, when they did the CAT scan, but before the second visit but the doctors keep telling me that they already did a CAT scan and it showed up negative.
Do you think that I could have done damage to my heart after the 1st ER visit and should I try to find another hospital that is willing to do another CT scan (despite the radiation exposure)?
My father had an aortic dissection when he was 65 years old and I am now paranoid that I could have had one as well. Can aortic dissection occur immediately or do they happen over time? In other words, would the CAT scan from the first ER visit show any "potential" for a dissection?
I just took WebMD Cholesterol Quiz and got one question wrong. The question was "Losing weight can cut your cholesterol". I answered false and the question turned out to be true with this explanation. "If you're overweight, slimming down can lower your bad cholesterol, LDL. If you weigh 150 pounds, for example, dropping 15 pounds will do the trick. Losing more weight should bring it down even further. Cholesterol begins to drop when you lose 10% of your body weight".
I have been on Lipitor and other drug lowering meds and never could get my cholesterol / triglycerides, bilirubin, AST, ALT number down to normal though they weren't too high. I was training for marathons, half marathons and shorter runs. My weight was 164 and height 5'8". I tore my meniscus in my right knee. I rehab and trained for half marathons from then on and then two years later I tore the other meniscus and didn't come back as I had with the other knee. Eight months later, 20 lbs heavier and Very little training I had a physical and my cholesterol was down to 140, triglycerides were 137, the Bilirubin and ALT, AST were still elevated but are separate issue. I understand too much physical exercise can raise these numbers but I would think they would go down by gaining weight. Oh yea my eating hasn't really changed but because of the lack of exercise caused me to gain weight. I still watch what I eat and I don't drink alcohol but one or two glasses of wine a month at the most. WHY? Also my cholesterol is a hereditary issue.View Thread
So, today's health question was on "How to Lower your Cholesterol". Does anyone review these? It list a dr. James Beckerman as a reviewer but it's hard to believe anyone who would have let questions like, which is worse for your cholesterol, coconut meat, coco water or coconut milk get through. Obviously coconut has no cholesterol being a plant based product. It's really disappointing. View Thread
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