Fun Times with Heart Disease....


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Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 15, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Yup, 31 years old and my ticker is clogged up. Going in soon for an angiogram. Will get a stent put in or bypass surgery depending on the severity of the blockage, which they won't know until the angiogram.


Trad climber
Fresno CA
Aug 15, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
Where and when are they doing the procedure, Paul?

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 15, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
Paul...good will be fine and feel better...had open heart surgery two years me if you ever want to talk.

Trad climber
Western America
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
2nd opinions never hurt.

Dr Apocalypto is available.;]
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Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
A lot of coronary diseases are also inflammatory in nature. Getting unclogged is great, but make sure that you don't also have an ongoing inflammatory disease that is contributing to your problems. Our own immune systems can sometimes act like real pr@cks.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Obviously have them check in to genetic risk factors etc, especially if you have children.
31 is way too young, especially if your not a tobacco smoker!!!!!
You'll do great with your fitness level.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Potemkin Village
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Unbelievable, sorry to hear this.

Do they think it was genetic? Did this hit you completely out of the blue? Had you been watching your cholesterol numbers, CRP, diet and such?

Around here you're the epitome of good cheer, positive spirit and fitness, really sorry you have to deal with this.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Sorry to hear this news, Paul...I'll be praying for ya. Keep us posted...and when you're ready for some recuperating, come on back over....your room is available!

: )
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
FYI, my father had a blockage so they did the stent thing first.
2 yrs. later he had a heart attack caused by a blockage at the stent.
Then they finally did it right and did the bypass and he never had issues
after that.
Good luck Paul,

Gym climber
Aug 15, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Just saw this article, so I thought I'd post a link:

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Aug 15, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
A good friend of ours is the head of nursing at the Fresno Heart Hospital. My wife is also a nurse (though not in that center). Both have relatively low opinions of stents, in part because they make it harder when the bypass surgery becomes necessary. I don't know one way or the other on angioplasty, but in addition to Bob D'A, my former law partner (and former Sacherer climbing partner) Wally Upton also had excellent results with bypass surgery.

In fact, my understanding is that the bypass specialty hospitals (such as Dr. Gaddiani's in Redwood City) can now do a bypass without cracking the chest).

Again, Paul, please let me know where and when, and if there's anything I can do for you.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 15, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
You'll be fine.
Take Heart.

//Now I know I got to play my hand
What the winner don't know, a gambler understands//

Don't gamble with heart problems (like I'm the one to talk!).


Aug 15, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Paul, Don't despair. I went through something similar when I was 34: a 99% blocked LAD artery and a lights out MI in the ER. Devastated at the time, I recovered and did some of my best climbing after recovery, walls and altitude. 4 stents later, I'm still at it. Don't worry, brother, you aint done yet. Contact me if you need some perspective.

Social climber
Aug 15, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
hey there say, paul... oh my... you are still 'a baby' :O well, you
know what i mean (to us older folks) ...

i will sure keep praying for you, and for you to get
through this no only well, but in flying-colors ...
you are still young and strong and may god's grace and that
youth, help you...

god bless...
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 15, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Paul...six weeks after open heart I was mountain biking and climbing. After 12-13 weeks I was climbing 5.12...I'm almost twice your age. You are going to do great. Just do what they tell you and start exercise/walking right away.

Trad climber
East Coast US
Aug 15, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
I've been on Statins since I was in my 20's (I'm now 50). My family has a history of genetically unable to process cholesterol. Statins are a miracle drug. My grandfather had a quintuple bypass in 1980 at the age of 68 and started a Statin regimen right after the surgery. He lived on his own until age 96, when he died. My dad is also on a Statin regimen, plays golf almost everyday, and turns 78 tomorrow.

Stay strong, do the right thing regarding the meds (they work), and you will come out of this better. Good luck.

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Aug 15, 2013 - 11:05pm PT

Best of JuJu your way Paul !

Johnny Ray
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 15, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
Dang, Paul, take care and good luck.

Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Aug 15, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Good luck to you Paul.
It's a good thing that you found out and can treat it.
You are strong and will do fine.
Sending all the best energy your way.

Trad climber
Hustle City
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Good luck!
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