Monday, February 27, 2006

Dad had 90% blockage in the left LAD

I just talked to My Mom. My Dad had 90% blockage in the left LAD "Left Anterior Descending coronary artery". They did angioplasty and a stent. He has to stay overnight in the hospital and should be home tomorrow afternoon. That was really a close one. A heart attack caused by this is called The Widowmaker. Widowmaker is the nickname given to a heart attack caused by a blood clot in the left anterior descending artery. It is caused by plaque build up in the artery, and may have virtually no symptoms until the victim falls dead suddenly and unexpectedly. Thank God he found out soon enough. Wish I could see him.

UPDATE: Jan, 30, 2008
It's been two years since my Dad had angioplasty and a stent for his blockage and he is doing fine. He plays golf every day and works part time.


John Elfrank-Dana said...

I was in the same situation as you dad. Tell me, did he have a stress test? If so, did it show anything? How old did you say he was?

My stress test was negative, but a coronary calcium scan showed a lot of calcium buildup on that artery. I faked chest pains to get the angiogram. Good thing I did.

John said...

My father found out he had problems during a colonoscopy, he was 63 years old then. During the procedure he had an abnormal EKG. He went to the Dr after that and had a normal EKG but my mother ( a Cardiac nurse ) insisted that he have a Cardiac catheterization after she looked at his EKG. That's when they found the blockage, he had no other symptoms except that one abnormal EKG so he is very lucky that it was caught in time. He is doing great now and has had two normal Stress test since I did this post and has no problems. He does take plavix and cholesterol meds but aside from that all is well.

Glad you had the coronary calcium scan and found out about yourself.

Anonymous said...

I just went through dodging the widow maker. I go to the GYM every other day. For the past six weeks or so I would severely bloat shortly one I started my cardio work out. I also had a pain across my upper stomach. The pain would go away once I stopped. It got to the point that just pulling the starter cord on my lawn mover would cause me to bloat along with the upper stomach pain. Even a a walk would bring on the symptoms. My Primary Care Doctor had an ultra sound done on my entire stomach area. All negative. He set up a referral with a Cardiologist. I failed the stress test miserably. That same day I had an angiogram and my LAD was over 95% blocked. A stent was installed and I'm doing great. I'm told once the LAD is blocked and one has a heart attack the survival rate is next to nil. There's a window of 5 minutes for medical intervention. My cardiologist said my symptoms were unusual.

Anonymous said...

Am 51 y/o male semi active. Had upper abdominal pain thought was GERD/reflux. Went to see a GI doctor and he refer me to the cardiologist. 24 hrs later and new stent in my LAD symptoms better dealing with the new life style. Bottom line if in question or not sure talk to the cardiologist.

Darryl Hayes said...

I'm recovering from a massive heart attack brought on by a 100% blockage of the LAD just past the first major branch. I was told that a matter of just one inch saved my life. After two stents, my recovery is coming along just great. I've even begun my third year of college at 52 years old.

Anonymous said...

i am a 42 year old female. Had a 99% blockage of my LAD. had stent placed last week.