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My 2nd Echocardiogram is tomorrow!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

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    Apparently my heart hasn't been pumping blood at a good rate. So now, with 10 pills per day my 3 month new norm and symptoms seemingly under control, my second echocardiogram is tomorrow to see if my heart is working better.

    Has anyone here been through this? Thoughts?
     
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    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    The magic number is the ejection fraction referencing left ventricular function.

    "Normal" is 50% and above.
     
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    For the last 10 yrs, minus this last one, I've had an Echo once or twice a year. I had a new valve put in 4 yrs ago and am doing real well.

    They usually go pretty fast, 30 or 40 minutes. Unless you get a couple of students unsupervised it can take a little longer.:rolleyes:

    I had a great cardiologist and a great hospital. The surgeon was the head of cardiology so I was well taken care of. Lucky I guess. It's not always that way for everyone.
    Bill Paxton of Aliens, Twister fame, died from the process. A few others I've heard of.

    Like I said...lucky

    Take care of your heart man. Good luck to ya
     
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    Both my mom and dad have had heart issues. My dad is 91 with an enlarged heart and on his fourth or fifth pacemaker (I can't keep track) and a cow valve. Because of their histories, they did mine since I was an ultra marathoner, to make a series of measurements of heart and valve dimensions as a baseline for when I get older. Important stuff to keep track of.
     
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    Start reading everything you can about your diagnosis. Best wishes.
     
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    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Honestly, I have never been through what you are going through.

    Everybody is different. That's why they do the tests.

    On the bright side, you don't appear to be getting worse.
    Take that with you going in.

    All my best

    -ST
     
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    I go in on Wednesday for mine. I had shoulder surgery last fall and have developed a tremor in my right arm and a constant pain in my neck/shoulder. It is the suspicion that the nerve block done to perform the shoulder surgery is the root cause. The surgeon sent me to a neurologist and he ordered a CAT scan of my upper chest to rule out lung issues. The CAT scan revealed an aneurysm in my left ventricle.

    Scary stuff.
     
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    You reach an age where you have more and more procedures, some of them more than once. That’s a good thing. A bad thing is not making it until the next one. It’s all about outlook. You’ll live longer if yours is positive. May the result of your echo be what you’re hoping for.
     
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    All done...took about 20 minutes...appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow to find out the results. It's wild seeing your heart beating on a computer monitor!
     
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    Good luck, hope it turns out fine.
     
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    Best of luck!
     
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    The sound is even better, but you only hear it if the technician turns the speakers on.

    Good luck.
     
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    Yes, there was some sound at times. Wild stuff!
     
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    An echo should be pretty simple. I had a mitral valve replacement 20 years ago. Last person you would have expected it to happen to. I was an recreational MMA fighter at the time. Worked out 4 days a week. Crap happens. You give up or make a decision to get on with your live, which is what I chose to do. I became a member of Mended Hears, a non-profit that works with people who are going through heart related issues. The doc put in a mechanical value so I'm taking wafrin now. I had to give up contact sports in favor of yoga, guitar and banjo. But anyday above ground is a good day.
     
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