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It Looks like A Triple Heart By-Pass !!!

So, I'm a very young 55 year old male, active and I thought healthy. First comes the shortness of breath and then the tightness in my throat, when I'm exercising. Diagnosed as angina, and on Tuesday I went to Southampton University Hospital to undergo, what I thought was a routine fitting of a Stent...

Well, best laid plans as they say!! I am now awaiting the letter/phone call inviting me in for my assessment leading to a Triple Bypass.

Not exactly overjoyed at the thought, but I know its for the best. I am more frustrated than anything.

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I had my first angina attack about a year ago although at the time I was coughing heavily as the result of a chest infection that had been dragging on. A few months later I had another and knew things were not right and went to the GP. I had an angiogram in June and thought I was coming back for stents in July. This did not happen but I had more tests and was referred to Harefield for a quadruple bypass. It was a shock as I learnt about the referral via a phone call at work!

Apart from being Type I diabetic I had no other risk factors. I think you might find this thread interesting healthunlocked.com/bhf/post... and will be posting more there.

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Opps, it posted before I could say hope it all goes well.

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Thanks. Life goes on................

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Hi there,

I missed out the angina, well didn't recognise it as such, and went straight to heart attack and quad by pass Oct/Nov 2016 at 56. It is a well trodden path, the unknown what causes it. It my case, family history, high cholesterol and smoking, though I had quit more than ten years previously. Others have none of that and get struck down. Research, research and more research is continuing, in the meantime I am pleased you have you diagnosis, hopefully you will get your dates sorted soon and good luck going forwards

Mark

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Thanks.

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Last July I had shortness of breath, tightness and burning in my throat, then I collapsed twice. Next being kept in hospital (Poole) and needing AVR, ASAP lol 😂 4 days before my 57th Birthday. Had my surgery at Southampton they are the very best, I can’t praise them enough you will be in safe hands, just ashame about the food 😝 Kaz 💖❤️💕

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Thanks for the response. I feel fine physically at the moment as I am keeping my exertions within the tolerance. Southampton does seem to be a leader in this field, not too bothered about the food, as long as they get the operation right!!

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Welcome to our world! It's a very common story on this site. I had my triple CABG in October 2017 at the age of 60. I have some family history but apart from being a little overweight I thought I was bullet proof - don't we all? I was fortunate in that I went from diagnosis of angina to angiogram to completed surgery inside 3 months - I actually was admitted straight from the angiogram as an urgent case. I was also fortunate that I did not have a heart attack.

There is no getting away from the fact that this is a big op and the more time you have to think about it the bigger it tends to get. All I can suggest is that you use your waiting time wisely - do some research (but be a little wary of Google and the scaremongers), ask questions through this site (we are more than happy to try to answer them), talk to people - they may not have a clue what you are facing, but it really is good to talk, keep exercising as much as you are able and can safely do, eat healthily, lose weight if you have it to lose, and try to lead a 'normal' life (accepting that nothing will be quite the same 'normal')!

So, I am now 4 and bit months post op and feeling fitter than I have done in a long while. Just being able to walk a decent distance at a decent pace and to do it all pain free is such a wonderful feeling. Its a long and sometimes painful road, but the end results are really worth the journey. Good luck when the time comes. Keep in touch through this group - it really can help.

Steve

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Thanks for the response and words of encouragement. Staying positive, and it’s good to see so many peeps out there who have had it done, and are returning to normal life fairly rapidly.

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Just wanted to wish you well and weirdly say my dad had a triple bypass at the age of 54 back in the day and lived to the hood age of 86 and think how much things have improved since then.

I keep telling myself this as I am still awaiting a wire pressure angiogramme to tell me what possible course of action i need ie stents ,bypass or notsutewhat.i wish you good luck with it.

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A colleague's father had a bypass in his fifties and is good for his age in his nineties. His main health issue is glaucoma which is totally unrelated. He did embrace the lifestyle changes!

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Thanks Mrs Bee. I wish you luck as well.

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Hi Steadyeddie,

I had taken my daughter to Edinburgh for her Birthday and while walking up the steep hills I had to keep stopping because i was short on breath. I thought it was just a chest infection but she made me promise to go see the doctors who I rarely see. one referral and a angiogram later I find myself sitting in the cardiologists room being told I need a quad bypass. at 50 years old, always active marathon runner it isn't fair. still could have been worse. Good luck Eddie

Phil

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Thanks Phil, I’m getting my head around everything now. At the moment I’m on a treadmill at the gym walking at 3mph, so this is the first exercise I’ve done since the angiogram.

The he wound is still a bit sensitive but I am taking it steady.

Off to footy later so I’m going to have a fairly normal Saturday with the lads, although I think I’ll drink moderately today and make it red wine.

Kind regards Ed

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Hi, My husband was 42 when He had his by pass op ,, the way I see it the younger and fitter you are the quicker you will recover. Sadly for him he had his local hospital try out everything before sending him for tests .. thus a delay of about 3 years and his health had greatly declined by then. Everything went wrong in the op .. but 26 years later He still here so something had gone right .. wishing you the best for your op and a speedy recovery

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Hi Summer, glad he is still going. Good luck kind regards Ed

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I’ve had a quadruple heart bypass surgery and it felt like a normal heart bypass surgery but I’ve had loads.

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