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Heart Condition

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 20, 2008
  • 03:42 PM

My Grandpa has heart problems, less than 1/4 of his heat is working. I know what you are thinking, this comes with old age. My Grandpa is only 61. His first major heart attack was when he was 38 and has had SEVERAL since. He no has a pacemaker/defibrillator. Anyway, his heart keep getting worse. In the last year he has had some other symptoms. Extreme weight loss. Over 100 lbs of weight loss in a year. He hardly gets out of bed. No Doctor call figure out what is wrong with him. The latest problem he is having (he is in the hospital right now) is severe abdominal pain(X-Rays show that there is some type of blockage there), high white blood cell count (that has gone back down), vomiting, constipation and fever. Can anyone help? Does anyone have a similar story?

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  • From the information provided, the individual described is most likely a vasculopath. With a cardiac output diminished to 25% by repeated MI, one can assume that he has large vessel disease in the thoracic and abdominal aorta. The constipation and digestive disease could be caused by ischemic bowel disease. Given the early age of first MI, this individual probably has some hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and hypertriglyceridemia. His physicians are likely aware of all of this as it is a fairly straighforward picture.
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