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Old 06-27-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Had a routine physical which included EKG. Was told it was abnormal so had a stress test with radioactive dye, before and after exercise pictures taken.

So today the doc tells me I have scarring on my heart due to a heart attack and I need an angiogram. Never felt anything like a heart attack. No symptoms. He says 10 percent of my heart is ischemic , meaning it isn't getting oxygen. What the??? Anyone else have this? What was the outcome of the angiogram? Did you need surgery or a stent or what?

Obviously this ole body is giving out on me, but I am not ready to go yet.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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I also had such a thing. My GP looked at my EKG and said there was a sign or heart damage and he sent me to a cardiologist, who ran all the tests, and told me that there was damage, but it had fully healed, and I didn't need to do anything out of the ordinary.

I told him that I thought I had the flu a couple years ago, and that my BP went way down to about 80/50 for a few days, and it was mostly a migrating ache that wandered around to different parts of my body, and he nodded his head and said that was my heart attack.

Before the heart attack, I was on BP meds, but since then my BP has leveled off to an acceptable but slightly high value (140/75) so I don't take BP meds anymore, nor anything else, except 81mg aspirin. My cholesterol and associated blood work is all fine. My resting pulse is usually 55-60. Sometimes for a while it will skip every 3rd or 4th beat, but usually it is steady.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Happened to my grandfather.....never went to a doctor until he was about 70+.....got a physical and found out he'd had several heartattacks! Never felt pain or ill.... He lived about 9 years longer, but did die instantly of a massive heart attack....
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Had a routine physical which included EKG. Was told it was abnormal so had a stress test with radioactive dye, before and after exercise pictures taken.

So today the doc tells me I have scarring on my heart due to a heart attack and I need an angiogram. Never felt anything like a heart attack. No symptoms. He says 10 percent of my heart is ischemic , meaning it isn't getting oxygen. What the??? Anyone else have this? What was the outcome of the angiogram? Did you need surgery or a stent or what?

Obviously this ole body is giving out on me, but I am not ready to go yet.
It can happen, but I think, if it were me I would want a second opinion. Of course angiograms are not dangerous and there is a chance you would need no treatment, not even a stent, but it is still better to get a second opinion in my opinion. I had a possible heart attack about 10 years ago, they did an aniogram, put in a stent, I was plaing bridge 2 days later. Since then I have had numoreous tests and it seems there is a doubt as to whether or not I did have even a mild attack.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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There are many types of heart attacks. Some do not completely stop the heart from beating, and many don't cause the "classic" symptoms that everyone know about (e.g. chest/arm pain, unconsciousness, sudden death, etc.) Every heart attack is different. It's therefore vital that a Cardiologist carefully diagnoses each individual.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Update: Had an angiogram yesterday and watched the dye flow thru the vessels. Nothing is blocked. Doc said it was a false positive on the stress test, meaning it was wrong. So I went thru this for nothing. But it was interesting and I am glad no stent.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Update: Had an angiogram yesterday and watched the dye flow thru the vessels. Nothing is blocked. Doc said it was a false positive on the stress test, meaning it was wrong. So I went thru this for nothing. But it was interesting and I am glad no stent.

good news though so yea!!! Sorry you went through all that but now you know and all is good.
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