My husband, Steve, has been very ill since Labor Day weekend. After many
tests and numerous doctor visits, the doctors have found that his
heart is very much weakened. He also has a kidney problem. This
illness really came right out of the blue. The doctors feel that a virus could
have weakened his heart or it could have been a silent heart attack.
He goes for a cardiac catheterization next week. Please keep him in your prayers.
Debbie, I completely understand where you are coming from. One afternoon late I received a call from a heart specialist and he said to me, Mrs. Belk, your husband is bad off, we need to do a cardiac catherzation on your husband immediately. Well, I didn't know this doctor and all I knew is my husband went to his regular doctor for a simple check up and this specialist is calling me. I said to him, "What are you talking about?" I was very upset with him but it came as such a surprise, I didn't know what to think. Anyway, he told me to meet him and I went over to the hospital. As it turned out, he did not have a heart attack but 3 of his arteries leading to his heart had to be stented because they were very clogged. The heart surgeon actually saved his life and that was 2001. He has done well since then, so please, I hope you have the same results that my husband did. It was so scary at the time. Good luck and I will be thinking about you. Please let us know the results..........
I know how very scary this is. I went through this with my husband 6 years ago. He had a silent heart attack, and was also under went a heart cath procedure. During that the stent dissected his artery, and the parocedure had to be stopped. He ended up having open heart surgery. He too had the weakened heart muscle before the surgery. Now 6 years later, he is back to work, and leading a pretty normal life. He just had what he calls his 20,000 mile check up at the cardiologist (treadmill and stress echo) and passed with flying colors! I am keeping you both in my thoughts. I share my story with you so that you understand that even as scared as you both are right now, the doctors can do wonders now. Keep thinking good thoughts and keep us all posted.
Deb - you know I've been praying for Steve since you told me. I know it's scary but there are so many things that can be done these days and at least he's getting the medical attention he needs. Several people I know have had blockages and stents put in and have been perfectly fine - in fact better than ever. My mom had a heart attack at age 82 and open heart surgery and valve replacement a year after and she lived to be 90. I learned a lot about cardiac care and I'm always here if you need me. :hugging:
I'm out east, Debbie. First thing Monday I'll be going to St. Patrick's. So glad you were able to post this. I, too, know how you feel, sweetie. My Steve has been through so much heart- related. I pray for nothing but the best for you both.
Oh I will definitely say some prayers that your husband is ok.
I've been worried about my father, he will be having a cardiac cath procedure later in October and hasn't felt well since at least May, had a stress test in late August and they think he has a blockage. I thought I would go crazy at first with him having to wait so long to have this next test. It has been year now that he finished chemo and in that respect is doing great and now this. BUT as we've learned the cath procedure is so common/routine , that's definitely a plus that things can go smoothly and be a relatively easy fix, I'm trying to keep that in mind. Keeping you all in my thoughts.