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there are better ways to wake up and clearly 06:05 is not the best time to start a day, as far as I.m concerned!
On Thursday I woke and woke instantly aware I was having a heart attack, which is not a good way to wake up even though the fact that I woke up must be seen as a plus!
I had a strong pain in the center of my chest and consequential discomfort that crossed my pectoral muscle to my armpit, which felt as if it had a warm lump in it the size of a golf ball and a dulol ache running down the inside of my arm to the elbow.
Relative to my original heart attack 19-Nov-2012 I knew this time it was as yet nothing like as bad – so I decided to act!
I immediately took 3 ‘squirts’ of GTN spray (Glyceryl Trinatrate) which I always have to hand, ever since the first heart attack, it is a spray that you administer under the tongue and it is designed to alleviate angina (Heart Pain/Discomfort), the drug dilates the blood vessels and reduces the risk of annurism by reducing blood pressure rapidly.
GTN is normally used when stress or activity leads to discomfort in the chest.
Immediately after taking the GTN I took a 300 milligram dispersable Asprin disolving it under the tongue.
This seemed to halt any escallation in the discomfort/pain I also fely I was in no imminent danger.
I remained in bed relaxed and turned on the TV to distract me and at about 07:00hrs. repeated the GTN and Asprin dose.
At 08:30hrs. I phoned my Doctors surgery and asked for a Doctor to call me as soon as one arrived – I declined to accept their offer to call an ambulance but I pointed out that the Heart Attack started 2.1/2 hours ago and I not only felt considerably better but was still alive!
At 09:00hrs. the Doctor phones, she knows me and my medical history having seen me several times before. She did try to insist she called an ambulance but I asked her to stop trying to wind me up and that after my last (first) experience of a heart attack when I drove myself to The Royal Gwent having seen my Doctor and was admitted to MAU (Medical Assessment Unit) where I arrived at 09:45hrs and sat in the crowded main waiting room appart from when I had an ECG test and two separate blood tests – all of which seemd to show nothing!
I was then sent to walk to the Radiology department for a CTC scan. I guess that didn’t show anything either.
Eventually they found me a bed in the unit as the pain had not abatted one iota since about 06:00hrs. Finally I saw a Doctor at about 02:45hrs. it was he who took the first medical intervention!
Later that morning saw me moved onto the Cardiac Unit where I was monitored and relevantly drugged – 4 days later I was given an Angyogram, where a probe is inserted through a small incision in the rist and it follows a blood vessel to the heart. It was at this stage it was discovered I had no Right Coronary Artery!
Yep – No Right Coronary Artery – it seems that over the years the artery has steadily blocked and is now blocked from end to end and thus no longer delivers blood/Oxygen to the heart muscles it is supposed to supply!
Neither a stent nor a bypass is a possibility! The only option would be to bore the artery out but my Consultant has advised against this as it may not work anyway but more concerning is the likelihood of breaking the artery wall requiring emergency open hear surgery with the risk that I could ‘bleed out’ before the team could get to the heart.
Well that was5.12 years ago and although I have had a couple of scares since I have only had this one recent repeat heart attack!
Astonishingly with all the equipment telling Doctors my heart performance is normal and there are no abnormalities appart from a bit of backwash on the Aortal Artery valve which is slightly dilated, as the Aorta is slightly enlarged.
Yet an Angyogram clearly shows there is no Right Coronary Artery!
Oh well I’m still here 😉
Although my Doctor dissagrees I believe avoiding Hospital was in my best interest, but I can understand my Doctor wanting to cover herself by reffering me to hospital, which I am sure she has entered in my notes!
If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms in 1998 see The TAB at the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer ….< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order, many linked to specific blog postings. . Later in the sequence of my experiences with cancer you will note that I introduce some results and events most probably linked with cancer such as enlarged & damaged Prostate and a consequential Heart Attack leaving me with no right coronary artery! . I have also included numerous articles and anecdotes regarding health – primarily related to cancer, prostate and heart conditions – FYI! . Thoughts, articles and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Left Sidebar. . You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help, also many of the links in articles and >HOT LINKS< in the Sidebar.
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