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Since there is very little fishing going on so, I figure I might share a health scare I experienced.  In 2016 I was scheduled for a hip replacement.  In the Pre-op exam, my doctor asked me if anyone had mentioned anything about a heart Murmur.  My response was "what murmur" Since that time, the doctor ha been monitoring with annual Echo cardiograms.  About 3 weeks ago, the Doc said he wasn't comfortable with what he was seeing and scheduled a stress test.  Long story short, by the end of the stress test, they pulled me off the treadmill and took me to the ER.  They sent the results to the cardiologist and he told them to transport me to the Hospital in Opelika for a Heart Cath.  They did that the next day and determined that the Aortic valved was the source of the murmur (which we already knew), but also that there was a 90% blockage in the Right coronary artery. They scheduled open heart surgery the following day to replace the valve and bypass the blockage.  Fortunately, there was no damage to the heart muscle and I'm recovering much better than they anticipated.  The only downside is that my son-in-law is hunting all the big deer that I had scouted out :(

The bottom line is that I have never had a chest pain of any kind, before or after, so don't assume you will have any warning.  The other takeaway is that as you age, don't assume you have no problems just because you feel ok.  Get a checkup
In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame,two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.-- John Adams


  • CranfieldCranfield Posts: 1,530 Captain
    It sounds as though you were very fortunate that the condition was picked up.
    Good wishes for a speedy recovery, the deer will still be there when you are ready.
    The "check up" advice is very wise, I often think that us blokes don't take enough care of ourselves.
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 16,637 Moderator
    A great outcome Klinger. Good news and a lesson to those who don't get regular checkups.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • skywayskyway St. Pete FLPosts: 475 Deckhand
    edited November 25 #4
    I do have a cardiologist on my short list of doctors.
    I went into his office in 2017 with a rapid heartbeat, 120 BPM. I also had Prostate cancer, still being treated.
    I told the doctor “I have a heart murmur. Mitro prolapsed valve”. He asked, “when were you diagnosed with this issue?” 1988.
    He replied, “90% of people were misdiagnosed with this heart murmur in that period.”
    That was a relief, and through examination, I am fine and treated with Atenolol for the elevated heartbeat.
    I asked him why the Cancer Doctors didn’t see the elevated heart rate as a problem? He said, “They likely see it all the time, so it’s normal for cancer patients.”
    Hang in there Klinger.
    Good to hear from you.
    Give thanks for the treatment.
    Good luck to your son in law, I hope he gets a good one.
    Team Work!
  • billybob11billybob11 Posts: 917 Officer
    Thanks for sharing.  Your Health is your wealth 
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 10,767 AG
    Thanks for sharing.  Your Health is your wealth 
    ^ This

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 14,901 AG
    Glad to hear (read) that you are on the mend.

    I assumed that I was good and healthy too until I finally listened and went to heart Dr. and  a few test revealed a partial clog of an artery and it is being treated with medicine. 

    Don't be Mr. tuff guy folks......
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
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