I haven’t posted anything here in a while, so I figured I’d get started again by putting up a bit of a summary of my recent hospitalization.
On Tuesday June 18th, I came home and told Brandi that I had been having chest pains all day at work. The pains were right in the middle of my chest, and would come and go. I’ve had them before, and had an EKG done before, but it never showed any signs of being a heart attack. On this day, they stayed with me all day long, and really concerned me.
Upon being told of the issue, Brandi made me go to the hospital ER to be checked out. Given the family history of heart problems, the doctor’s decided to keep me overnight for observation and monitoring. The pains stayed, so on the Wednesday, I ended up have a nuclear stress test. They injected me with a radioactive dye, took a baseline “photo” and then had me do the treadmill. After the treadmill, I had another “photo” taken, and they could look at the heart to see if they had any concerns. There was a slight issue seen, which I can best describe as a “spasm.” After this, and my continued pains, I had an ultrasound of my gall bladder done, and then the doctor recommended that I get a heart catheterization done to rule out any blockages.
On Thursday June 20th, I had the heart catheterization process done, and they found two small blockages, but chose not to put any stints in. The blockages were only around 20%, and the cardiologist felt these could be treated by medicine and lifestyle changes. The good news is that I do not have any major indications of heart disease, and given that news, I was released from the hospital. I have been put on medicine to help reduce the heart spasms, and I have also started taking an acid blocker to reduce any acid reflux that may be causing the issue.
The next course of action for me is to go and have an endoscopy done to check for signs of damage to my esophagus due to acid reflux. I am waiting for the appointment now. Over the past few days, I have noticed a major reduction in the occurrences of the chest pains, so it may end up being more related to acid reflux.
Now the real fun begins, as I should start seeing bills from the hospital soon…