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Old 03-26-2006, 09:22 PM
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Last week I was on a cruise, it was my 40th birthday. On my birthday I had a lot of trouble breathing. I have asthma so it was nothing new. By Friday when I got off the ship I could bearly walk. I went right from the ship to Guardado Marine to check the progress of my boat (I have prioretys). They are doing a great job. I went from Guardado to the Emergency room. After some Xrays and test it turns out I wasn't having an asthma attack, I had congestive heart failiure and was immediatly admitted where i am still sitting for god know how long. After EKG's and sonagrams it turns out. My heart is only working at 10% capacity and it's 1.5 time larger then it's supposed to be. My lungs backed up with fluid fro the heart not pumping properly. Tomorrow or Tues I'm being transfered to a Hospital more equiped for Cardiac procedures. Next they do the fun, enjoyable catharasation where the send a camera to the heart.
I knew life got ruff over 40 but I would have assumed AFTER 40 not on the actual day! Anyway, I will not be in Sarasota next weekend.
It never fails, just when it seems things are going well, life is good, New boat to look forward to, life throws you a curve ball. Good thing it happend like this, it could have been much worse. I will post update when I have them.
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Damn Gino.. Sorry to hear this. Hope they can take care of it so you can get back out on the water soon. My thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery.
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Gino that sounds real serious. I am sure you will get the best of care. Get well real soon!
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It's good that you know aout it now and can work at getting it taken care of. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

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had a catheterization at 38 after abnormal EKG and chest pain with reduced blood uptake into the heart muscle during a Thalium scan (cardiology). Thalium scan is where you get IV thalium (contrast/dye) and they put you on a treadmill and take your heart rate to the max, and look for sufficient blood supply into the muscle with imaging.

Cardiac catheterization is not a camera into the heart...

a catheter is introduced and advanced to just above the heart to deliver large amounts per sec. of contrast (x-ray dye) into the cardiac arteries to look for blockage of blood flow to the heart with flouroscopy (live X-ray).

ask for the Brachial approach (wrist or arm) (if your a good candidate) for the cardiac catheter introduction, as opposed to femoral. Trust me...

been there done that as a patient, and have been a Radiology tech for eleven years.

I was "clean" (no blockage) but because of my symptoms and the other failed tests...arterial blockage had to be ruled out. My problem was/is all related to my hypertension (high blood pressure). I'm on a beta-blocker since then to slow my heart rate and thus lower blood pressure. Reducing stress is a BIG BIG help. All is well for me now.

Good luck to you!

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