Is Angiogram necessary before PM fitted
Hi Everyone Windway here after a little difficulty logging in but helped by the marvellous Blake (Thanks Blake)
Friday 30th June 2006, I went to my GP (doctors) on a regular three monthly blood pressure check with the nurse. It was fine but heart rate under 50. She did ECG and called the doctor to the room who repeated the ECG. She read it, said "Don't move" dialled 999 (America 911) for an ambulance which took me to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. I had had no symptoms of heart trouble whatsoever My poor wife had been outside in the car with the dog, we were going for a picnic.Anyway I was Holter monitiored over the weekend in hospital. On Monday 3rd July,2006, I was told I needed a pacemaker I had heart block type 11. It was a shock as I keep fit, I was going to the Gym at least three times a week for the passed 6 years. I ran 10K in just under the hour (not too bad for 59 year old) at least twice a month, and thought I was healthy. Tuesday 1st July 2006 Neway DR pacemaker and two leads fitted, discharged from hospital following day. No other tests other than heart ultra scan.
Following the proceedure I felt "flutters" and sudden heart beat rushes. I thought PM could be "running in". First check up October 2006, technician a waste of time very unresponsive more interested in teaching young lady with him how to use the equipment.Left feeling like a mushroom not knowing anything about what had really been wrong. But I thought "Well you are alive thanks to the intervention of that nurse, you are lucky"
I had resumed exercise in the Gym trying to regain my fitness but found it a struggle. Following some chest pain in the Gym and whilst in bed; on Thursday 1st March 2007, I went again to my GP who referred me straight away to hospital.Again at the UHW, Cardiff , they eventually decided I needed an angiogram, which I had on Monday 12th March,2007. Surprise surprise I had FIVE blockages in my arteries (2 x 90% 2x 80% 1x 70%).
This was my second lucky break, I could have suffered a heart attack at anytime, particularly in the Gym!! I had FIVE stents fitted to ease the blockages. Further tests revealed that I now had complete heart block.
I have reliable information from a medical source that heart block type11 is indicitive of coronary heart disease, and most hospitals perform angiogram to check before fitting a PM.
I have had no contact with any other PM users and I am really looking forward to finding out what others have experienced.
When I asked why I wasn't given an angiogram first time, they replied that I had shown no symptoms of coronary artery disease.
Anybody had similar trouble or anybody with information please reply.