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Old 10-30-2006, 02:42 PM   #21
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Kitty...

I had 2 stents put in 9/1...and like you, am doing fine. I consider myself lucky that my primary care guy noticed the odd EKG in my annual physical stress test and sent me to a cardiologist, who did a fancier stress test.

After the 'procedure', the cardiologist increased my aspirin from 81 mg (baby aspirin) to a full one each day...and put me on daily Plavix. My primary care guy increased my pravachol from 40mg to 80mg.

He also told me that the first 6 months were key to whether or not you will have any clotting...which can lead to strokes...but that plavix and the other prescription changes minimize that.

I did change my diet a bit more (I'm diabetic, so can't eat much anyway), eliminating salt and switching to low sodium stuff. I dropped 5 pounds quickly, even tho the diabetic diet had caused a significant reduction in my weight anyway.

I had been exercising daily anyway, which I suspect helped.

I suspect also that this was payback for a misspent youth.

All the best...pp

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Re: I guess I joined the Stent Club
Old 10-30-2006, 03:52 PM   #22
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I suspect also that this was payback for a misspent youth.
Uh, oh... I'm in big trouble...
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:18 PM   #23
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Kitty...

I had 2 stents put in 9/1...and like you, am doing fine. I consider myself lucky that my primary care guy noticed the odd EKG in my annual physical stress test and sent me to a cardiologist, who did a fancier stress test.

After the 'procedure', the cardiologist increased my aspirin from 81 mg (baby aspirin) to a full one each day...and put me on daily Plavix. My primary care guy increased my pravachol from 40mg to 80mg.

He also told me that the first 6 months were key to whether or not you will have any clotting...which can lead to strokes...but that plavix and the other prescription changes minimize that.

I did change my diet a bit more (I'm diabetic, so can't eat much anyway), eliminating salt and switching to low sodium stuff. I dropped 5 pounds quickly, even tho the diabetic diet had caused a significant reduction in my weight anyway.

I had been exercising daily anyway, which I suspect helped.

I suspect also that this was payback for a misspent youth.

All the best...pp

All of that is familiar, I am on plavix, lipitor 40mg, adult asprin, altace and one other I forget, that's a lot of pills to take, but I'm taking them.

My previous sins are catching up to me working a high stress job, bad, bad eating habits not enough rest, worked way to many hours, for way to many years. And a fast food diet lots of fried this and that lucky things weren't worse.

I hope the meds and the changes do the job and keep me out of trouble from now on got lots of things to do.

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Many well wishes to you Kitty.
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Glad to hear that things are going well for you. I love reading your blog and admire all the hard work that you do. Don't forget to take time to smell the roses. Best wishes with everything!
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Old 11-01-2006, 09:52 PM   #26
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The unfortunate thing is a high stress job contibutes to these conditions but once you have them you cant quit the high stress job because you need the medical insurance benefits which you either will not be able to qualify for or afford due to the pre-existing condition. At that point ER is effectively not an option and you are trapped with no realistic escape from the downward spiral .
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The unfortunate thing is a high stress job contibutes to these conditions but once you have them you cant quit the high stress job because you need the medical insurance benefits which you either will not be able to qualify for or afford due to the pre-existing condition. At that point ER is effectively not an option and you are trapped.
Nah, just go on the Pritikin Program. Nathan Pritikin completely cleaned out his arteries after his heart attack.

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Old 11-01-2006, 10:05 PM   #28
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Nah, just go on the Pritikin Program. Nathan Pritikin completely cleaned out his arteries after his heart attack.

http://product.half.ebay.com/The-Pri...nfoQQprZ179949
Nah, once you have that heart attack or just diagnosis of heart disease you are not going to qualify for any independent medical insurance policy (at least one that is affordable). Won't matter if you have managed to clean up your health. You will be for ever married to your job.
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The unfortunate thing is a high stress job contibutes to these conditions but once you have them you cant quit the high stress job because you need the medical insurance benefits which you either will not be able to qualify for or afford due to the pre-existing condition. At that point ER is effectively not an option and you are trapped with no realistic escape from the downward spiral .
I see your point but this is another important difference in how I view
work/life/living. IMHO, you are never "trapped". Not in a job, not in a marriage, not even in continuing to exist. There are always options,
some more appealing than others, but options none the less.

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I see your point but this is another important difference in how I view
work/life/living. IMHO, you are never "trapped". Not in a job, not in a marriage, not even in continuing to exist. There are always options,
some more appealing than others, but options none the less.

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You absolutely right John. But who has the guts to pick the option of giving up their job and medical benefits with known pre-existing health problems such as heart disease?
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