Avatar universal

Heart Attacks

I am a 48 year old white male, and I have already had a total of 5 heart attacks (all within the last 5 tears). At first my doctoer thought it was due to my low HDL, as it has been lower that 28 for the last 5 years. But after my last attack, about 3 months ago, the doctors are now thinking that my body is trying to reject the 3 stents the have pkaced in me. This last attack was pretty serious, and we are planning to have a defibri;ator implanted later this month. One of my concerns though is not so much about the defibrilator, but why can't just cut out those stents and bypass them? I also have another blocked artery (blocked about 60 to 70%), so why can't they bypass that also? I am very afraid that I will not survive another heart attack, and am at the point where I say just cut me open and get that stuff out of me instead of risking another attack. Any advice would be appreciated.
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
Sorry about the typo, my HDL has not been ABOVE 28 in the last 4 years. I had an echo done just last week, and my ejection fraction was 30.
Helpful - 0
367994 tn?1304953593
What evidence is there to conclude you are having an ischemic (lack of blood flow) MI's (5 heart damaging events!).  What are your symptoms? Chest pain? What test have you had?  Heart enlarged, low EF?  Doctor's think!  A low HDL won't give you an MI.  The AHA/AAC guidelines don't recommend intervention for 69-70% but there asre exceptions.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Heart Disease Community

Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1538180937
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1506080564
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Is a low-fat diet really that heart healthy after all? James D. Nicolantonio, PharmD, urges us to reconsider decades-long dietary guidelines.
Can depression and anxiety cause heart disease? Get the facts in this Missouri Medicine report.
Fish oil, folic acid, vitamin C. Find out if these supplements are heart-healthy or overhyped.
Learn what happens before, during and after a heart attack occurs.
What are the pros and cons of taking fish oil for heart health? Find out in this article from Missouri Medicine.
How to lower your heart attack risk.