Cardiomyopathy

Cynthia - posted on 01/21/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am a 51 yr old woman who found out about 2 weeks ago that I have this thing, I don't know if I was born with it or not, but I have it.I go into the hospital this Friday for a procedure called a angiography, I would like to know if anyone has had this done, What activities should I be doing, I nave always been a very active person, can anyone give me any advice or answers, Please?

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Cynthia - posted on 01/21/2015

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I will, thank you very much, I will keep in touch and let you know how it went.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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In my experience, and every hospital is different. You will be pleasantly drowsy. The whole thing takes from 30 to 90 minutes.

Cynthia - posted on 01/21/2015

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will I be woke or will they put me to sleep? How long does the procedure take?

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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When you go to your appt on Friday, you will probably get some medication for the procedure that will affect your memory for the day. Write down all of your questions and concerns that you can think of and take a family member or friend with you. Have the doctor answer each question, and write down the answers so you won't forget. If you think of any questions that I can help you with feel free to ask.

Cynthia - posted on 01/21/2015

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thank you,yes it is scary, my doctor has me on medication now, and I am to get plenty of rest, my heart is beating at 35%, I am not suppose to get upset, but there is so much stress in my life right now ,I am trying to deal with it, I am doing my best not to let to much get me upset.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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Cardiomyopathy is the weakening of the heart muscles. There are many causes: strep throat or scarlet fever as a kid, pregnancy, a heart attack, viral, and idiopathic (no reason). I am guessing that you had an ultrasound of your heart and that determined that your heart is not pumping as efficiently as it should be. When you go in for your angiogram, the doctor will thread a long, thin catheter through a vein in your groin (usually, sometimes they use your arm) up to near your heart. Dye or contrast will be injected through the catheter and x-ray pictures will be taken as the dye spreads through your heart vessels. The purpose is to see if your coronary arteries are free of plaque. Also, the doctor will be able to measure the pressure inside of your heart and get a good idea of how well your heart is pumping. Then the doctor will be able to prescribe a treatment plan for you. It might include medication, dietary changes, exercise changes, or even surgery. Between now and Friday, you do not need to do anything special. I know it all sounds scary and overwhelming, but it is a condition that can be managed for a long time. If you have questions or don't understand something, please ask.
BTW- If the doctor is planning on accessing a vein at your groin, shave down there yourself. You don't have to go bald, but pretend you are going to wear a skimpy bikini. This is just a tip. If you don't shave, the hospital staff might, and they often dry shave (not so fun)
Also, here is a link to the AHA website for more information;
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions...

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