Ever Had A Heart Attack?

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Here is the thing about hospitals..

1. If you are not a priority case you wait. You went in as chest pain.. I'm sure they took you to get an ekg very quick. Once they read it and it was normal you get on the list.. that list gets updated as emergency or more pressing patients come in.. which in a lage hospital could be every few minuets.

2 if you are not a doctor, hospital staff, or a relative of the above expect to wait in the er

3 if you are an agency LEO, FD, EMT, ECT your jumping to VIP staus. Yes there is such a thing in a hospital.

4 you need to see a Cardio specialist who may be dealing with an actual heart attack and he is in tge operating room.. his team is in there as well so you must wait. That Cardio team also monitors others in the hospital so they may be addressing other admitted patients.

5 any one over the age of 25 should have a working relationship with a primary, as well as a slew of specialists including a GOOD cardiologist.

6 if you are indeed having chest pains from a heart attack you have minuets to a few hours to have that addressed... not days or months ..

7 not to listen to your body signals will lead to death.

Just a few things I learned dealing with docs, hospitals and specialists in the last 20 plus years
 

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That's old school.
You know what they do now when you go into the ER with chest pains? THEY TELL YOU TO GO SIT IN THE FUCKING LOBBY!
I just got back from the ER... second time in 9 days, both times for chest pain. Today's visit was during active chest pains. I was leaning against the wall barely able to stand up because the pain was so bad. Clutching my chest. The lobby was FULL. The ONLY fucking medical evaluation that happened in the hour or so I was there, happened when I walked in the entrance and a machine took my temperature. After that, not a goddamned thing.

Maybe Grandpa Shit For Brains and the libturds should fire some more medical workers, eh? Seems to be working out really well.
I told my wife she should sue the living shit out of the hospital system if I die of a heart attack after all this. She's like, "how's that gonna work, when you keep walking out of the place?"
I said, "Good point, but at home at least I can hear the TV. And besides I don't see how sitting in a lobby full of sick people helps anything." She suggested that I'd be better off having a heart attack at the hospital than at home. I replied that I've either had 25 heart attacks in the past week and a half, or none.

So, what the fuck is a guy to do? 🤷‍♂️
Now is not the time to get sick or injured, my bruthas!
And if you do, stay home and rub some dirt on it. Then send $200 to Mr Lucky.
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Not around here. Chest pains and/or prior history automatically get you to the front of the line.
 

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I wonder if the ER would have been less crowded and you would have been seen sooner if the hospitals didn't have as many unvaccinated covid patients as they do 🤔
I'm going to guess that at a hospital they occupy other places rather than simply the ER lobby.
grasping at straws a little to desperately there AD
 

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Just confirmed it. No Covid beds occupied.and no Covid admissions in months. Guess this pandemic is t as bad as the liberal
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Dude, you can't be serious. Your entire hospital has less beds than an average unit. :lol:

It doesn't even have any ICU beds! That's what N/A means...not that everyone in your town is super healthy. :lol:

You're not seeing any covid admissions because they get transferred out.

Which hospital is this? Curious to know at what elevation it sits at too, that may play a role too besides being rural.
 
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Third time is a charm. Third hospital.
The EMTs in the rescue squad laughed when I told them I went to Tri-Point Hospital Emergency Room with active chest pains, clutching my chest in agony, and they told me to go sit in the lobby. "Yeah, that sounds like Tri-Point!" more laughter...

Meanwhile, I have had at least one heart attack now, confirmed. Just got home after a few really fucked up days that felt like a few fucked up weeks. They can't get me in for a catheterization until Monday. I told them I can't really afford to hang out at the hospital for 6 or 7 days just because I happened to show up the day before a long holiday weekend. So, they sent me home with a fistful of prescriptions to fill and wished me luck. They said come back Monday morning for the catheterization, or sooner if I have chest pains. 🤷‍♂️

One of the prescriptions is nitroglycerine sublingual powder. That's the most important one to have at hand. The two pharmacies my wife has called so far have said they don't have any in their network within 100 miles. Shit is fucked!
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Third time is a charm. Third hospital.
The EMTs in the rescue squad laughed when I told them I went to Tri-Point Hospital Emergency Room with active chest pains, clutching my chest in agony, and they told me to go sit in the lobby. "Yeah, that sounds like Tri-Point!" more laughter...

Meanwhile, I have had at least one heart attack now, confirmed. Just got home after a few really fucked up days that felt like a few fucked up weeks. They can't get me in for a catheterization until Monday. I told them I can't really afford to hang out at the hospital for 6 or 7 days just because I happened to show up the day before a long holiday weekend. So, they sent me home with a fistful of prescriptions to fill and wished me luck. They said come back Monday morning for the catheterization, or sooner if I have chest pains. 🤷‍♂️

One of the prescriptions is nitroglycerine sublingual powder. That's the most important one to have at hand. The two pharmacies my wife has called so far have said they don't have any in their network within 100 miles. Shit is fucked!
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Keep at it!
We are pulling for you!
 
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How did they confirm prior heart attack.....via echocardiogram?

I thought EKGs and blood work was negative?
"Was" being the operative word here. Troponins rose and fell predictably.
Two weeks of sporadic extreme pain that brought me to my knees many times has ceased after being medicated with blood thinners, anti-coagulants, etc.
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I don't understand how this came to be, but sounds like someone missed something somewhere.

You getting cath'd on Monday (or early next week)?
Well, I think a LOT of people missed something somewhere, including my regular physician, who was too quick to rule out heart issues when the EKGs and blood levels came back normal. The doctor who treated me said that it sounds like I was having unstable angina for a couple weeks. He said I had not had a heart attack as of the time of the original blood draw on 11/15.

The heart attack(s) occurred early morning hours on Wednesday 11/24. By the time I got dressed and called 911, the latest "episode" was beginning to dwindle. First BP reading in the meat wagon was 216 / 183. It had to be a good bit higher than that when the shit started hitting the fan. Troponins were abnormal as of the first blood draw on the way to the hospital. Will never know which event was the first heart attack... there were many (events). I had 4 in a 14-hour period leading up to the 911 call.

Cath on Monday. They couldn't schedule it for outpatient, so I have to go to the ER early (to beat the rush), get admitted to the hospital, then wait for my turn.
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Shit dude, what a mess. Anyway, a few suggestions:

Don't eat after midnight Sunday, just in case they can take you right away Monday morning.

I would ask if they can actually put a stent in at that hospital at the same time. Seems crazy to ask, but some places are diagnostic only and will ship you out for the fix. It's bullshit.

If the answer above is yes, they do stents, ask if they do open heart surgeries there. One because it'll save you a trip if you need a bypass. Two, if shit goes sideways, you'll want to be within 100 feet of the CVOR, not an ambulance ride or LifeFlight away.

If they give you the option of who you'd like to have do the procedure, ask for 5 minutes before answering. Call the cath lab, ask to speak with a tech or nurse, and ask them if they had to get a catheterization done, who would they want to do it. Nobody is going to flat out say "this doc blows donkey dick" but if you ask them who they would want to operate on them, they usually can answer that.

Personally, I wouldn't want fellows working on me.....those are doctors in training. Some 3rd year fellows are really good, much better than the doctor training them, but I'm not interested in being someone else's experience builder. I wouldn't let a nurse practice IVs on me either, to give you a frame of reference for my level of "stay the fuck away from me".

Edit: if you don't want fellows, say "No fellows" beforehand. They'll never mention they're a fellow either. A younger person will walk up and just say "Hi, I'm Dr so-and-so, I'll be joining Dr. [Main Doctor's name]".

You seem rather lax about healthcare matters in general so you may not care much more than just getting this shit over and done with :lol:


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I have all that acid reflux shit going on. I really trry to avoid the meds. They all say not for long term use , although many doctors ignore this. My stepfather was on nexium for 2 decades, he died rather unexpectantly.
 
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Good stuff, AD. Thanks,
They do stents where I'll be (and I would be surprised if I don't get any). I had a CAT scan with contrast, xrays, and this morning they did an ultrasound on my heart and up near my neck. The woman who did the ultrasound seemed to really know her shit. I told her I realize she probably isn't allowed to say much, but if she happens to mention anything in conversation, I'm interested. She told me to take note of the fact that she hasn't run out of the room yet screaming for a cardiologist.

When she started looking up near my neck, it reminded me of something Thomas GSXRTURBO1 GSXRTURBO1 told me about years ago that happens to alcoholics. So, I mentioned that to her, also. She knew what I was talking about and said one of her husband's friends drank himself to death exactly that way in his mid-50's. I told her that I used to drink a lot of beer. She cut me off mid-sentence to tell me I don't have that problem.

A couple hours after I arrived at the ER, I received a call from the nurse at the endoscopy center I had gone to the day before. She was just doing a follow up call. Told her what's going on, and she said I should consider getting out of this hospital and get myself into Cleveland, where she was a nurse for 26 years. She felt very strongly about it, and I understand why. I kind of made a friend /confidant in the ER (I was stuck in the ER for 14 hours waiting for a room). I mentioned to my new insider friend the idea of getting myself to Cleveland, and he said, "Good luck getting a bed in Cleveland right now. They are full too."

I don't know anyone in the biz, and I don't have any pull anywhere, so I'm not in a position to demand anything. They aren't going to ask me who I want to do the work. I'm of the opinion that I probably have not fucked myself up to the point that I have to demand the world's leading heart surgeon. Keeping my fingers crossed. 🤷‍♂️
VC, this sounds like solid advice....^

Have you found ANY kind of nitro yet?
Agreed the advice sounds solid. I already was not going to eat or drink after midnight. I am not real picky about who puts the IV in my arm, but if they give me a choice, I will ask for a black lady. I've had a lot of IVs and blood draws over the years, and the black women never miss! I had a white female rookie fuck up my left arm real good Wednesday morning out in my driveway trying to get an IV in. I've had that experience a few times... sucks!!
Yes, I got the nitroglycerine pills this afternoon. Had to have the doctor change the Rx. I have been instructed on proper use. :up:
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I actually hate to say this.
When you first posted this thread, we all told you to not fool around with chest pains.
You took it upon yourself to self diagnose and carry on with your life.

I would like to say, I'm glad you have a life still to live. It could have been one of your last days on this earth.

Please don't fool around with chest pains.

Since my heart attack, I see the world in a different way. Any sky is a rare sight, any moon is beautiful, Life is so much more appreciated now, I feel very lucky to be walking the earth to take in her beauty.

I'm glad you're OK.
 
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Well, the know-it-alls might want to check the thread title. This was my concern all along. I went to THREE emergency rooms trying to get someone to look at this. TOLD 'EM ALL I WAS SUFFERING FROM EXTREME CHEST PAINS. Told anyone who would listen. Also went to my doctor's office. Also went to a hospital for blood work. I went to another hospital for imaging, and they imaged below my diaphragm instead of above it. Unfortunately, it was in the evening and when I asked the tech what the fuck, she couldn't reach my doctor, who ordered the imaging... and the doctor on staff at the hospital said to do it as-ordered, because the problem could be below the diaphragm. I had an upper endoscopy on the advice of my doctor. I begged them to slip me into their schedule earlier than they previously had me. They moved me up, and I went in and had the procedure.

I took it seriously, but I couldn't get anyone else to. Yeah, I could have been more proactive about it. But it's too late for that. I had a stress-filled night tonight, and it has been very bad, health-wise. Bad bad bad. I may go back in... Not sure I trust myself to wake up if I go to sleep.
Adios, Fuckers. :fu::fu:
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Well, the know-it-alls might want to check the thread title. This was my concern all along. I went to THREE emergency rooms trying to get someone to look at this. TOLD 'EM ALL I WAS SUFFERING FROM EXTREME CHEST PAINS. Told anyone who would listen. Also went to my doctor's office. Also went to a hospital for blood work. I went to another hospital for imaging, and they imaged below my diaphragm instead of above it. Unfortunately, it was in the evening and when I asked the tech what the fuck, she couldn't reach my doctor, who ordered the imaging... and the doctor on staff at the hospital said to do it as-ordered, because the problem could be below the diaphragm. I had an upper endoscopy on the advice of my doctor. I begged them to slip me into their schedule earlier than they previously had me. They moved me up, and I went in and had the procedure.

I took it seriously, but I couldn't get anyone else to. Yeah, I could have been more proactive about it. But it's too late for that. I had a stress-filled night tonight, and it has been very bad, health-wise. Bad bad bad. I may go back in... Not sure I trust myself to wake up if I go to sleep.
Adios, Fuckers. :fu::fu:
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I took it seriously, but I couldn't get anyone else to. Yeah,


For all they know and all they brag about knowing, sometimes their performance is next to worthless. Unfortunately, you are getting a first hand lesson in the cluster fucks a lot of people go through. I hope you get this resolved quickly, to settle the doubts and fears you are experiencing. I told you about my two recent experiences with ER's and chest pain. What I didn't mention was I have two stents, a pacemaker and 5 catheterisation interventions under my belt, so I have been down the same trail and know exactly where you are. It's not easy, but keep telling yourself it will be alright, because it will

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