Saturday, March 10, 2007

Angiogram #3

I had my third angiogram on Thursday, March 8. I ended up spending the night in the hospital, as the sheath that they used to insert the angiogram tools wasn't removed until early in the afternoon and they gave me a large amount of blood thinners (7k of Heparin).

Unfortunately the angiogram was unsuccessful, I still have a 100% blockage at the distal end of my left anterior descending artery. The blockage has hardened, and the doctor performing the procedure says that they probably cannot get through it. The cardiologist believes that it isn't necessary to clear the blockage, as my heart is functioning very well, collateral vessels have formed around the blockage, and I have no symptoms (chest pain, etc).

Since the thought of having one artery completely blocked isn't too appealing, I think we will get a second opinion at the Cleveland Clinic (#1 heart center in the nation, only a few hours drive away from here.)

I am feeling good, my leg isn't as sore as it was yesterday.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,



jose said...

God protect you and your family.

Surgery would be scary, but good call on the second opinion.

Miss Alissa said...

I love you!

Sigrid said...

We're praying for you, Travis!

If there's ever anything you need, don't hesitate to call!