1189223 tn?1264553189

100% occluded left artery with 28% EF, Strokes. What are the life expectancy stats?

Tags: A-Fib, EF, artery, left, ICD, 100%, years, Heart, sleep, stress
I am a 52 year old male with sleep apnea,congestive heart failure (EF28%), an implanted ICD, severe coronary artery disease to the heart, had bypass surgery in 2000, 9 stents since then and recently started having TIA's with memory loss, slurred speech, confusion and was told I now had a 100% blockage in my left carotid artery and was told surgery was not an option. Am on Coumadin 10-mg per day, Digoxin .125mg per day, Aspirin 325mg per day, Aggrenox 1000 mg twice a day, Isosorbide 30mg 3 times a day, Enalpril 10mg per day.
I have been fighting this heart and neurological problem for 10 years now and am now going into A-Fib at least twice a day for the past month.
My Doctors have said there is nothing left to do. My QUESTION :  I guess it's one that no one really wants to answer believing that the diagnoses may lead to a self fulfilled expectation, but for personal and financial purposes I really need someone who is willing to give me a straight forward answer about what my chances are of being around or at least capable of making decisions 6 months or a year from now? I know they are not good, but no one will even try to give me a clue! I am the type person who needs to face reality and can take it. The wondering if I have a day or 2 weeks is enough stress on me to cause a problem! Could someone PLEASE at least try and give me a clue? Like some averages for a patients survival rate with my conditions!
Thank You,
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995271 tn?1463924259
Hi adaskew,  sorry you are faced with these challenges.

I have to admit, as I read your post, I was trying to think of new options you can try, not what might be left.

I think the issues you are faced with are complex but I don't think one could even offer averages.  I've know people to overcome stage 4 lung cancer.  My father had a massive MI when he was 42, he was down to 14% lvef, and he was still at home doing his thing until his transplant for 5 months.  He drove himself to the hospital when they called him with a heart.

So you just never know.  You really don't.  I completely wrote my father off, I didn't think a transplant was a good idea back in 1988.  Oh how wrong I was.

I don't know what's causing your CVD, is it familial, is it weight, is it smoking...

So I'll suggest an option, I would be pretty certain you've tried this, but I'll still offer it.  Have you tried aggressive statin therapy?  Large doses of Crestor and Niacin have been clinically proven to reverse stenosis, but this assumes you've eliminated other lifestyle risk factors (I'm sure you know that list well). One of the risk factor I know you have is the apnea.   if you haven't already, please give a cpap a try.

If you forced me to venture a guess for your longevity, I would say it's long enough to give other options a try simply based on my knowing that my father was still walking around with a 14% ef.

Best of luck.

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1189223 tn?1264553189
Thank you itdood,
Yes all of these options have been tried and the problem is definitally inhearated. Both parents and all 4 grandparents died at a very early age due to the same condition. I also have a brother who is fighting the same battle, just not as proggressed as mine.
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