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Introducing myself

  • 1.  Introducing myself

    Posted 11-22-2018 22:30
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm not sure if I should be posting this in another thread- please feel free to let me know if I'm in the wrong place.

    My name is John Lindsey. I am a professional opera singer with a wonderful wife, sweet doggie-daughter, and a baby due any day now.

    I am 32 years old, and was diagnosed with coronary artery disease in July, which was found on CTA after trying to determine the cause of intermittent heart palpitations. I've been placed on a statin as well as aspirin. Earlier in the year, I had early stage melanoma removed, along with several other severely atypical moles. I also recently had partial-fundoplication surgery to try to correct severe acid reflux.

    I deal with panic disorder, generalized anxiety, health anxiety, and depression. Coming to terms with the state of my health (CAD in particular, since the calcium they found is in my LAD artery) has been difficult. I tell doctors, friends, and family, and they all just look at me with a kind of sad pity because they don't understand how I could have this issue; I've made mistakes along the way, but have tried to live an active lifestyle and never exhibited signs of this disease.

    I'm grateful to have found this community, and hope that I can be a source of support as well as hopefully finding some support for myself as well. Nice to meet you all.

    John Lindsey
    Conroe TX

  • 2.  RE: Introducing myself

    Posted 11-23-2018 01:15

    I used to live in Kingwood and am sorry to hear of your issues. We all are fortunate to be alive and living in the U.S. although many of us have to deal with some special issues. Mine was after my heart stopped, I learned I needed a carotid surgery and a quintuple bypass within three days.

    I decided to apply my legal and management skills to creating my own rehab program, and shared it in my book
    www.OneHeartTwoLivescom,  named after my heart stopping and being restarted to begin my second life in 2007.

    Today I am happier than ever.

    Brent Zepke

    Brent Zepke
    Santa Barbara CA
    (805) 698-4651

  • 3.  RE: Introducing myself

    Posted 11-23-2018 10:59



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  • 4.  RE: Introducing myself

    Posted 11-23-2018 14:25
    Welcome to the group. Hope that it proves helpful to you.

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  • 5.  RE: Introducing myself

    Posted 11-24-2018 22:38
    Dear John, you may have serious mental health issues, secondary to your cardiac situation. I suggest that you arrange to see a therapist: social  worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. Best wishes from a cardiac patient, former Mended Hearts volunteer, opera lover and retired social worker.

    All the best,
    Walter J. Levy
    7831 Park Lane #51
    Dallas, TX 75225

  • 6.  RE: Introducing myself

    Posted 11-25-2018 13:05
    I would like to provide some perspective as a practicing cardiologist. Coronary calcium scores are very helpful to identify patients who are at risk for developing problems in the future. They also tell us who is most likely to benefit from aggressive prevention. It does not mean, however, that any of your symptoms are secondary to your heart and it does not mean that you need to limit your life in any way. Its sort of like getting a colonoscopy when you are 50: they take out the polyps that may lead to cancer 10 years in the future. Be happy that your doctor did this test so that there is plenty of time to benefit from the treatment he prescribed.

    John Peterson, MD


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