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Post by twal on Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:53 pm

Some good news and bad news.

Good news: My wife, Dee, and I may be the first husband-wife Heart Athletes.

Bad news: My wife, Dee, and I may be the first husband-wife Heart Athletes.

Many of you have met Dee at our various get togethers. I've been a long-time cardia cripple but, except for a bad knee that limits her running, she has always been the picture of health.

I was in Maryland with Dee on Sunday and she was complaining about some chest pain. We decided to be safe and dropped in to the emergency room at the hospital in Havre de Grace, MD. Her EKG was all right but they was a bit suspicious about some things. At least that's what they told us to reassure us. Next thing we knew, Dee was being air lifted on a life-flight helicopter to the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore for an emergency cardiac catheterization Sunday evening. Her left anterior descending artery was 95% blocked. They caught it just in time. Now she has two stents in her heart. She's doing fine but now instead of being on zero pills, she is on five (ACE inhibitor, beta blocker, statin, asprin and blood thinner).

To be precise, she has Metronic Resolute Intergrity

3.5 mm x 18 mm
and
3.0 mm x 12 mm
stents.

She is now getting ready for a round of therapy and follow up visits. She should be signing up for Heart Org soon.




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Re: Husband-Wife Team

Post by Dave Tuttle on Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:03 pm

twal wrote:Some good news and bad news.

Good news: My wife, Dee, and I may be the first husband-wife Heart Athletes.

Bad news: My wife, Dee, and I may be the first husband-wife Heart Athletes.

Many of you have met Dee at our various get togethers. I've been a long-time cardia cripple but, except for a bad knee that limits her running, she has always been the picture of health.

I was in Maryland with Dee on Sunday and she was complaining about some chest pain. We decided to be safe and dropped in to the emergency room at the hospital in Havre de Grace, MD. Her EKG was all right but they was a bit suspicious about some things. At least that's what they told us to reassure us. Next thing we knew, Dee was being air lifted on a life-flight helicopter to the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore for an emergency cardiac catheterization Sunday evening. Her left anterior descending artery was 95% blocked. They caught it just in time. Now she has two stents in her heart. She's doing fine but now instead of being on zero pills, she is on five (ACE inhibitor, beta blocker, statin, asprin and blood thinner).

To be precise, she has  Metronic Resolute Intergrity

3.5 mm x 18 mm
and
3.0 mm x 12 mm
stents.

She is now getting ready for a round of therapy and follow up visits. She should be signing up for Heart Org soon.




OMG Tom! I sure was surprised by that!! Sounds like a very close call. I'm glad they could stent the blockage and avoid OHS... And very glad she's doing well! I wonder if you would have pushed to get it checked out if you hadn't had your heart issues? Your quick action might have made all the difference.

Geez Tom, we do like new members but that's not the way we want to get them... Tell Dee we're wishing her well and we're reserving a special membership for her here. First husband and wife members... You'll do anything to set a new record  Shocked

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Re: Husband-Wife Team

Post by RoadKillBill on Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:21 pm

OMG, 90% LAD blockage is very dangerous -- so glad she followed through and got it checked out. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

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Post by echoguy on Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:18 pm

yikes.. Many of you are probably aware that the LAD is known as "the widowmaker". It is great that you took action when you did!

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Re: Husband-Wife Team

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:21 pm

This is scary.   Women's symptoms are different from men, I'm glad she, you and the doctors paid attention.  Hopefully she'll take HEART up on it's offer and join us when she feels up to it.  

Well wishes to Dee, rest easy.   Smile

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Post by Rachel August on Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:19 am

Tom, I'm so sorry to hear this - but SO GLAD it was caught in time!!!

Thinking of you and Dee!!!!

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Re: Husband-Wife Team

Post by Tom price on Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:29 am

Yikes!  Tom, that story certainly got our attention....one it's your turn to take care of Dee.....
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Re: Husband-Wife Team

Post by kodi30 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:00 am

Thanks for sharing with us. Definitely scary and so happy you & Dee did the right thing at the right tiime.

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Re: Husband-Wife Team

Post by Gary E on Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:11 am

Tom, I just saw this!!! I guess I'll just have to visit the site more often to stay current on things.

Please give my best wishes to Dee. She and I now have something in common, as I also had a double stenting of the LAD...and look how well I turned out. On second thought, maybe that wouldn't sit well with her since she's already met me and knows what I look like.
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