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jtc1003 posted:
I'm a 61 year old man, and one of my problems is extreme exhaustion. I live on the 2nd floor of a small apt building, and going up those steps is so hard I stay home unless I must go out.

I have many issues that can be causing this, from depression, to Nerve damage, to maybe a heart issue. My big problem is I don't have the proper insurance. I have Medicare, but that only covers 80%. I'm trying to borrow or save money to go to a specialist. I have one cousin who had 3 stents put in. He said the symptom that made him go to a cardiologist was fatigue. I've lost touch with him, so I can't ask him anything. So I'm going to ask here.

If a person has fatigue due to a clogged artery, is it extreme exhaustion where even taking a shower is a big deal, or is it milder? I also have COPD emphysema, and I think this is also causing exhaustion.

If I could afford it I'd go to a lung Doc, a heart Doc, and if they can't explain this exhaustion then a neurologist. But I can't do that. At best I can go to 1 or 2 specialists.

I also have High Blood pressure but it's under control with meds.

Any opinions please.
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"I also have COPD emphysema, and I think this is also causing exhaustion."

May very well could be.

"If a person has fatigue due to a clogged artery, is it extreme exhaustion where even taking a shower is a big deal, or is it milder?"

A severely blocked coronary artery could cause shortness of breath, and therefore could lead to exhaustion/fatigue of varying degree.

Also, as reported, the symptoms of artery-narrowing atherosclerosis are highly variable. Those with mild atherosclerosis may present with clinically important symptoms and signs of disease and heart attack, or absolute worst case scenario, sudden cardiac death (SCD) may be the first and only symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, many individuals with anatomically advanced disease may have no symptoms and experience no functional impairment.

Additionally, as reported, a risk factor merely increases the probability that one will develop cardiovascular disease, BUT doesn't 100% guarantee that one will develop it, nor does its absence (or even the absence of ALL known risk factors) 100% guarantee that one won't have a heart attack or brain attack.

Plus, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,

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