OK, We're Back Home - It Was Indeed A Heart Attack, But A Mild One

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    Oct 27, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    The hospital tests today confirmed a true heart attack had occurred, but it had passed by the time I got my partner to the ER and he was initially checked. It was caused by a left bundle branch block, which I gather is some kind of misfiring of the nerves that regulate the heart's pumping.

    The good news is that the heart studies suggest there are no serious arterial blockages, nor valve problems. At present the cardiologist just wants to treat it with meds, and continue to monitor and test in the weeks ahead. Apparently he doesn't need a bypass operation, but I believe a pacemaker implant could be down the road, depending on how he responds to the meds.

    But I really don't know for sure, trying to get smart about something I never heard about before. They promise us he's not in any urgent danger, but neither will they rule-out a reoccurrence.

    Thank's for all the support we were given here. It helped me get through a difficult time when I couldn't discuss this with anyone I would normally meet, neither his family nor friends. He still only wants me to mention the Big A to select people that he approves, and some of his immediate family are not on that list.

    I'm conflicted, upset he really did have a heart attack, but reassured that this sounds manageable, if not curable. And hopefully won't seriously degrade his quality of life.
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    I'm glad he's back home and doing okay. Are you going to get a second opinion on things, or do you trust the cardiologist?
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    lissenup saidI'm glad he's back home and doing okay. Are you going to get a second opinion on things, or do you trust the cardiologist?

    Good question we hadn't thought about yet. He's got a good reputation, and is highly recommended by our GP. She also confirms his diagnosis.

    But I think we'll consider a 2nd opinion if it comes to surgery.
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    I'm glad to hear the good news.
    Indeed, there's no place like home.
  • Midas426

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    Oct 27, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    That's good news. Thanks for the update.
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    Oct 27, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThe hospital tests today confirmed a true heart attack had occurred, but it had passed by the time I got my partner to the ER and he was initially checked. It was caused by a left bundle branch block, which I gather is some kind of misfiring of the nerves that regulate the heart's pumping.

    The good news is that the heart studies suggest there are no serious arterial blockages, nor valve problems. At present the cardiologist just wants to treat it with meds, and continue to monitor and test in the weeks ahead. Apparently he doesn't need a bypass operation, but I believe a pacemaker implant could be down the road, depending on how he responds to the meds.

    But I really don't know for sure, trying to get smart about something I never heard about before. They promise us he's not in any urgent danger, but neither will they rule-out a reoccurrence.

    Thank's for all the support we were given here. It helped me get through a difficult time when I couldn't discuss this with anyone I would normally meet, neither his family nor friends. He still only wants me to mention the Big A to select people that he approves, and some of his immediate family are not on that list.

    I'm conflicted, upset he really did have a heart attack, but reassured that this sounds manageable, if not curable. And hopefully won't seriously degrade his quality of life.


    bundle branch blocks can be quite serious, depending on the type. Be glad that he did not go into a....(god it's been so ling since I did my ACLS) I think it's third degree block that's called a widowmaker.


    Your partner is home, and is healthy. many people have blocks that may not affect their lives, and if he is active make sure that he's doing everything he can to keep his heart healthy.

    I'm wishing the both of you the best of luck and I'm glad to hear that he's okay. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 27, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    Glad to see he's back home.
  • rnch

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    Oct 28, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
    fantastic, heartfelt (no pun intended!) news. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    OK, so tonight, Friday, just 2 days out of the hospital following his heart attack, we went to Georgi's Alibi for drinks with a mob of friends, and then 6 of us went elsewhere to dinner. He insisted, and I couldn't oppose him.

    And I'm thinking -- wait a minute, he just had a heart attack, shouldn't he be like in bed or a wheelchair? Well, Bob, get used to the 21st Century. Apparently we don't do that anymore, and a heart attack is something we take in stride. If it doesn't kill us outright, then we just move on with our life. The doctors didn't forbid this, nor could I.

    I'm still trying to adjust to this. Our doctor just told us not 2 days ago in my presence that he had a genuine heart attack, no ambiguity about it. And now we're out partying, like nothing ever happened?

    I dunno, my world is upside down. I wanna support him, keep his spirits up, but this makes my head spin. I guess I have to revise a whole lot of notions I had, because I'm evidently way out of touch with the way things are.

    Well. OK, I've had to do major adjustments before, not the first time. But damn, it sure isn't easy.

    I wonder if I'll ever have to stop learning new stuff. I thought a time would come when I'd have it all figured out. What I have figured out is that time will never come. I'll never understand anything, except to realize my own ignorance.

    But today, a few times, my partner told me he loves me. And he held my hand in a public restaurant, and I held his, and kissed it. I suppose that's all I really want to know in this world. Except I have to keep learning about this damn new stuff... icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, so tonight, Friday, just 2 days out of the hospital following his heart attack, we went to Georgi's Alibi for drinks with a mob of friends, and then 6 of us went elsewhere to dinner. He insisted, and I couldn't oppose him.

    And I'm thinking -- wait a minute, he just had a heart attack, shouldn't he be like in bed or a wheelchair? Well, Bob, get used to the 21st Century. Apparently we don't do that anymore, and a heart attack is something we take in stride. If it doesn't kill us outright, then we just move on with our life. The doctors didn't forbid this, nor could I.

    I'm still trying to adjust to this. Our doctor just told us not 2 days ago in my presence that he had a genuine heart attack, no ambiguity about it. And now we're out partying, like nothing ever happened?

    I dunno, my world is upside down. I wanna support him, keep his spirits up, but this makes my head spin. I guess I have to revise a whole lot of notions I had, because I'm evidently way out of touch with the way things are.

    Well. OK, I've had to do major adjustments before, not the first time. But damn, it sure isn't easy.

    I wonder if I'll ever have to stop learning new stuff. I thought a time would come when I'd have it all figured out. What I have figured out is that time will never come. I'll never understand anything, except to realize my own ignorance.

    But today, a few times, my partner told me he loves me. And he held my hand in a public restaurant, and I held his, and kissed it. I suppose that's all I really want to know in this world. Except I have to keep learning about this damn new stuff... icon_sad.gif
    The ONLY time ya stop learning is when you're 6 ft under!
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidThe ONLY time ya stop learning is when you're 6 ft under!

    Either that, or when you're a Republican. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    Sound as if he may be in a little bit of denial—aren’t we all.
    Reminds me; I need to get that weird mole checked.

    Thanks for the update…one day at a time.

    Near life experiences=priceless.