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by Stella Blue
April 16th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Ejection fraction
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Ejection fraction

When I was diagnosed with CHF about eight years ago, my EF was about 10%. I also had lbbb and arrythmia, all electrical issues, no plumbing. I received a CRT-D and began taking beta blockers and an ARB. My heart responded very well over time, and my EF is now about 55, in the normal range. My heart ...
by Stella Blue
April 10th, 2019, 2:19 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: o/t Prayers please???
Replies: 12
Views: 225

Re: o/t Prayers please???

So, sorry to read this, Helen. I am not much of a prayerful person, but I live in a neighborhood full of temples and shrines, so will send the most powerful wishes I can.
by Stella Blue
April 4th, 2019, 3:26 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Saved by People and an AED twice now time for my ICD
Replies: 25
Views: 450

Re: Saved by People and an AED twice now time for my ICD

For both of you, I think there are a couple of basic messages: 1. Be assertive with your doctors/hospitals. Don't worry that your questions are not worthy of their time or attention. Sometimes, I imagine it is hard for the doctors to remember exactly how little we patients know or understand about o...
by Stella Blue
April 2nd, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: I finally made the decision
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: I finally made the decision

Chrissy, I feel awkward sending the first response to this earthshaking message, but all of the regulars are probably asleep right now and I'm out here in Asia, so let me give it a try. I am sure you have made the right decision, and your own peace of mind comes through loud and clear in your post. ...
by Stella Blue
March 15th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: OT -- At Your Bedside
Replies: 16
Views: 362

Re: OT -- At Your Bedside

Well, you lot have probably now scared off at least 50 new members, but it was definitely worth it! Helen, your comments reminded me so much of my mother (she was just 39 . . .). Truly, the day before she passed she sat out on her balcony enjoying a smoke and a Jack Daniels before settling down in h...
by Stella Blue
March 7th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Gambling with Adrenalin?
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Gambling with Adrenalin?

You're probably way more hardcore than I am, but after you've been away from rollercoasters for long enough, some of the kiddie ones can be quite a thrill! (Although maybe not the one in the video clip.) Now my kids are too old for the kiddie rides, and I'm still to scared to ride the big ones, so I...
by Stella Blue
March 7th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: New News
Replies: 66
Views: 2169

Re: New News

That is great news, Chrissie, but how annoying that you had to have that "3 months" thing in your mind all this time for no reason. Hopefully Dr. Andrew knocked heads! The doctors must know they shouldn't do this, but it seems they can't resist and may actually be thinking they are somehow being hel...
by Stella Blue
March 1st, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: WHERE ARE OUR GRUMPY OLD MEN and OUR DELIGHTFUL LADIES
Replies: 13
Views: 520

Re: WHERE ARE OUR GRUMPY OLD MEN and OUR DELIGHTFUL LADIES

Nice picture, Robopop! Sorry to hear about your new issues. I really appreciate Helen's (and others') efforts to keep the ball in the air at all times on this site, so I have been trying to think of something scintillating to say for more than a week now without much luck. I guess I should be gratef...
by Stella Blue
February 16th, 2019, 2:54 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Heart Attacks vs. Cardiac Arrests
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Heart Attacks vs. Cardiac Arrests

Here's a headline from today's Wall Street Journal to get Chrissie's blood boiling: "‘I Had No Idea I Was Having a Heart Attack’: For Women, Cardiac Arrests Are Unseen Killers". It's really surprising from such a reputable paper that should have a decent fact-checking capability. Of course, it's imp...
by Stella Blue
January 26th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: My ICD battery suddenly went dead...
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: My ICD battery suddenly went dead...

I keep debating whether this post really belongs on Helen's Advice for Newbies threat, but maybe this is one level up! (Second grade?)
by Stella Blue
January 26th, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: a little OT
Replies: 21
Views: 701

Re: a little OT

I am sorry for your loss, Colin. My mother, and my family members, had the best of both worlds, as she was able to die at home under the care of a hospice team. She had CHF, in her case traceable to years of smoking and untreated high blood pressure (the world's oldest juvenile delinquent), and one ...
by Stella Blue
January 24th, 2019, 10:24 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: New News
Replies: 66
Views: 2169

Re: New News

Chrissie, as you work on the biography for your family, I hope you can share a few bits with us as well. Every once in a while you post something from your mysterious past on the vice squad, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to hear more!
by Stella Blue
January 22nd, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Sudden cardiac arrest reacurrance
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Sudden cardiac arrest reacurrance

Yes, and for those who love cars, here's another one - Carroll Shelby, the designer of the legenday Shelby Cobra, also had a heart transplant that kept him going for 22 years, until he died at 89. I was trying to remember why I know all this stuff about celebrity heart transplantees and realized it ...
by Stella Blue
January 22nd, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Sudden cardiac arrest reacurrance
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Sudden cardiac arrest reacurrance

I agree with everyone else - it's best just to get on with life as you really can't guess what may happen, either in your particular case or in terms of medical developments. It's a little off track as not an ICD story, but I've been thinking a lot recently of John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Inv...