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waiting is the hardest part....

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 17, 2007
  • 09:35 AM

I was at work out of town and started having chest pains so I went to the ER in that town. The ER attentant could not find a corinarary cause but told me to schedule a stress test with me own doctor. Doing so he scheduled one three day later(pain!) Then the nuclar tech told me he would contact me after the stress test which the next day he did. He scheduled an appt. with a heart spcialest for a week from the time he notified me (pain,PAIN!!). Any way there was 99.1 blockage in my rca and some damage to the heart muscle itself.AnywayI went almost two weeks with (%) blockage , I was wondering if waiting so long could be the reason for some of the tissue damge to my heart.

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  • I am not a dr...Yes, I believe it is possible. The heart muscle dies when it doesn't get enough oxygen ; if the blockage cuts off the blood supply with oxygen to an area of your heart, that part of your heart muscle can die quickly. Such an event is a heart attack.But it might be hard to prove if the delay caused further damage. You may need some test results from the ER visit as a baseline; to compare with the results of the test latter tests. It would also be hard to prove that the damage wasn't caused earlier by another attack that went un-noticed. Did the ER test your cardiac enzyme levels over a period of time?Maybe you should find yourself a free consult with an attorney who does do medical malpractice (look in the phonebook) ; and ask your question. He/she would know how to find out that answer as to if that delay in getting the blockage has hurt you or not. The fact you walked out of the ER possibly with such a blockage; that was found 3 days later is a concern.Too bad you didn't find another ER dr earlier when the pain didn't go away. They should have told you to come back to the ER if you continued to have pain or it worsened. But you are lucky that the blockage didn't kill you.I hope you have found a good cardiologist in your town to help you recover from the heart damage. Hope you are doing better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 08:41 AM
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  • I would write a couple of formal letters complaining to the head medical person of a couple of those places you went to. I don't think you have a case, but they need to improve their track record. I had a stress test and the doctor told me right away that my heart was fine. If it was that blocked, the person who did the test needed to inform the doctor and they needed to take immediate steps. I think that is horrible and be sure and send the letters with a return receipt.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
    • 06:54 AM
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  • I am a doctor. I sit on many committees evaluating medical care.Let me try to understand the situation, because in most ERs the doctor would have performed an EKG, serial troponin/myoglobin tests and other lab tests, Chest xray. I find it hard to believe that there were no EKG changes or even minor troponin/myoglobin elevations when you had what sounds like unstable angina. This doctor probably should have exercised some caution with you given pain at rest/minor exertion even from what it sounds like from your description. He could have admitted you for 24 hour observation. Without any hard evidence that you had a cardiac problem and knowing that you were from out of town and probably didn't want to stay there, he probably took the less cautious route by letting you go home. In any case, sometimes right coronary changes have atypical pain and are difficult to detect on EKG. You would've had more problems if the blockage was on the left.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 07:07 PM
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