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LLDAILEY posted:
on march 16th 2012 i had emergency quadruple bypass surgery no clue i had heart trouble, although very scared, trusted doctors decision he was a heck of alot smarter than me. He told me after he fixed me in less than three months i would feel like a new person, everyday after the surgery got worse, chest pains with no activity, dizzeness, nausea,extreme fatigue, in early july 3 stents put in all would be well now they said, no again on august 17th 4 stents was told after that one i should have no more pain im in worse shape now than when i began, doctor wont return calls says he refering me to someone else, i call everyday because im scared with each chest pain it will be my last day on earth i no you drs are busy but im scared i want answers. i want somone to listen, if i knew it was going to be like this i would never had surgery a died a peaceful death living like this is living hell, can anyone tell me what to do, giving up in illinois
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

Sorry to hear about your particular situation. This is not a typical occurrence, and never give up the cardiac ship.

......"dizziness, nausea, extreme fatigue."

Wondering if you have reviewed the prescription drugs (for possible side effects) you started taking post-op?

"I know you drs are busy but I'm scared. I want answers. I want someone to listen."

We hear ya on that. I'm not a doctor, but they should never be too busy to give ALL patients their full attention and strive to provide top notch care.

The bottom line

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is just a clever way of circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), and coronary stents are only a Band-aid or spot treatment, as it does not treat the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable condition (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression), requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor-patient, patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

I wish you the very best of luck down the road of life.

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billh99 responded:
I don't know what part of Illinois that you live in, but if you have a medical school in the area or a teaching hospital I would go and see one of the cardiologist there.

Even if you are not close it would be worth going to Chicago or St Louis to one of the major heart centers and getting a second opinion.

And they might also be able to refer you to a cardiologist in your area for follow up.


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