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Welcome Phillyheart

Post by Dave Tuttle on Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:05 am

I'd like to welcome another new member, phillyheart to the group. We met on the Mended Hearts Inspire web site: http://www.inspire.com/groups/mended-hearts-heart-disease/discussion/support-for-active-heart-patients/  and I invited him here to discuss his questions about exercise and CAD...

To answer your question about whether I have ever had any objective test results verifying growth of collaterals... They have never specifically tested for that but I did have a more recent heart catheterization with feedback on my collateral vessel growth. Again this is only my experience, everyone is different... In March 2009, 10 years after my 4X CABG I was hospitalized with severe angina. I had a very mild MI with no measurable damage to the heart. The Cath. revealed that one of my grafts had failed completely. They were unable to open it due to calcification but the Cath. also showed the remaining grafts to be open and patent. They told me that new collaterals were supplying adequate blood to the area of my heart that had previously been supplied by the failed graft and sent me home... I continued my running and 6 months later  ran my 5th marathon with no problems. My Cardiologist has always been very supportive of my running to the point of telling me that it is the best thing I can do for myself and by modifying/adjusting my medications as needed to keep them from adversely affecting my ability to exercise. My Cardiologist very definitely attributes my ever increasing threshold to angina to collateral growth... A good working relationship with your heart care team is essential to all heart patient's exercise programs.

I hope this is helpful to you and that you will follow your Cardiologist's advice to increase your exercise. Let us know how you are doing and feel free to ask any questions you may have in an appropriate thread or start a new one.

4X CABG Feb 17, 1999 at 46 years.
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Re: Welcome Phillyheart

Post by Gary E on Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:40 pm

I also wanted to welcome you. I spent a few years in your fair city (assumming that "Philly" is not referring to some young thing or the name of a hoagie). Please don't be shy about asking (or saying) anything, as we are a gregarious and affable group here. I think we like to socialize as much, if not more, that we exercise.
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